3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
C620; Short form: BSc/SBMan
Preston (Campus code: U)
Prepare yourself for a career in sports business management with this rigorous and intellectually stimulating course from UCLan, which focuses on your development as a critical thinker. You’ll examine sports business management from a range of perspectives, linking theory and practice while drawing on contemporary research and issues in sports business, including sustainability, globalisation, corporate social responsibility and corruption. At the same time, you’ll learn the core business management disciplines - including management, finance, strategy, operations and economics – and their application to sport, graduating with the skills, knowledge and experience you need to become an effective leader and manager in the sports sector.
280 points at A2 - General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction*, Distinction*
Access to Higher Education : 30 level 3 credits at Merit
International Baccalaureate : 25 Points
GCSEs : 5 at grade C including Maths and English
IELTS : grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
112 - 128 UCAS points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Pass access to HE with 112 Points
International Baccalaureate 28 - 30P
GCSE: 5 at Grade C including Maths and English or equivalent
IELTS 6.0 with no Component lower than 5.5
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.
Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, industry professional qualifications, relevant work or life experience and who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome and considered on an individual basis.
The dynamic nature of the sports industry, incorporating public, commercial and voluntary sectors of sports provision, calls for a complementary, contemporary approach to sports business management. Here's where UCLan's BSc(Hons) Sports Business Management comes in, where you will study core business management disciplines along with modules exploring the global sports business environment and consumer.
The course is highly globalised, both in its content and delivery - this means you will become adept at understanding and analysing the challenges sport faces in other cultures. This is enhanced by an international cohort; additionally ERASMUS students are actively accepted.
You’ll receive membership of CIMSPA – the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity – as part of the course. This allows you to attend seminars and meetings, where you learn more about the industry, in practice, and enhances employability.
Work experience on the course is offered, encouraged and guaranteed to those who request it. In addition to gaining crucial industry experience, many students have secured jobs off the back of work placements. In Year 2, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a period of study (a semester or a whole year) abroad in the USA, Singapore or Spain.
Our staff are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions. Please take a look at our staff profiles: Ingrid Griffiths, Sue Minten, Tony Keaveny and Denis Pressler.
In Year 1, you will be introduced to some of the core disciplines of management and their application to the various contexts in which sport takes place. You will also look at the sports consumer, the sports business environment and the skills and attributes of successful entrepreneurial sports business managers.
In Year 2, there is a continued focus on the core sports business management disciplines and their application to sport. Within the second year, you can also begin to tailor your programme of study to your interests and aspirations, through options such as Sports Business Enterprise or The Football Industry. You have the option to take the Experiential Learning module, in which you will undertake 120 hours of work experience within a sports business. Experiential learning placement opportunities exist with professional sports teams, leisure centres and community sports providers.
After Year 2, you will have the opportunity to undertake a 12-month sandwich placement with a sports organisation.
In Year 3 (or Year 4 for those students undertaking a 48-week sandwich placement), the modules build upon those from previous years, looking at sports business management from a strategic perspective and also addressing contemporary issues in sports business management. Again, you will have the opportunity to tailor your programme of study through a range of optional modules. You will also undertake a piece of independent research, in the form of a dissertation, and independent study project or a sports business plan. This suite of options allows you to conduct research into an area of interest and/or to develop a business plan to build on the entrepreneurial theme running through the course.
This course is subject to formal course review and reapproval by the University as part of its normal cycle of regular review (a process called Periodic Review). Course information and programme specifications are updated and reviewed as part of this process and course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. This can be in response to various factors including: student feedback; annual reports from external examiners; feedback from the sector or industry advisors or as part of the regular review process by course teams.
This process may well result in changes to the structure and content of the current course as outlined in this Handbook. Any changes made as a result of the process will be immediately included in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with revised versions prior to the commencement of their programme. If you are not satisfied with the changes, you will be offered the opportunity to withdraw from the programme and, if required, reasonable support to transfer to another provider.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
£900 per year (UK / EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
The BSc (Hons) Sports Business Management programme is aligned with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA).
The course enjoys strong, live links with industry including Wigan Warriors, Preston City Council and CIMSPA. All lecturers have worked in sport management positions. They are all currently research active and are passionate about embedding their latest research into the syllabus.
Formal teaching on the degree programme will be in the form of lead lectures, tutor and student led seminars, workshops, tutorials, industry speakers, eLearn and computer based self-paced learning, self-directed learning, international study opportunities, placements within industry.
To support the learning environment, real-world scenarios will be embedded into the course, where appropriate. Course materials and a wide range of supporting resources will be made available to you online and new technologies, such as podcasting, discussion boards and blogs are integrated into teaching and learning activities. All students are allocated a personal tutor who can assist with academic queries.
The modules on the course are assessed through a diverse range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, presentations, practical activities, exams and debates, assessed both individually and as a group.
After graduating I got a coaching job at Stevenage Football Club in their youth setup. I'd just like to say thanks very much for helping me get through university and especially during my final year. The course leader’s advice probably kept me at UCLan and in turn helped get me this job.
Health and sports is a booming sector in the UK offering many graduate opportunities locally and internationally. And following the Olympics 2012 legacy, a degree in Sports Business Management will lead to a diverse array of opportunities including sports management, performance, coaching, a career in public service or the army.
There is the opportunity to undertake a period of study (a semester or a whole year) abroad, in the USA, Singapore, UCLan Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Germany or Kazan University in Russia studying how sport is delivered, managed and the problems it faces in different cultures.
View our interactive map for guidance on progressing in a career in Sport.