Sport Business Management BSc (Hons)

Sport Business Management BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Wellbeing




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, optional placement year (4 year Sandwich Degree) available. Part-time study available.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C620; Short form: BSc/SBMan

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

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. 


Entry Requirements

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. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Managing Sport Finance and Economics
  • Principles and Practices of Sport Business Management
  • Sport Business Environments

Year 2

  • Sport Law and Business Operations
  • Research and Enterprise for Sport
  • Human Resource Management for Sport
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Tourism or Sport and International Development

Year 3

  • Research Project


  • Consultancy Project


  • Entrepreneurship and Enterprise for Sport, Health and Wellbeing
  • Management and Professional Development for Sport
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport Business Management
  • Strategic Sport Business Management

Further Information

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. 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.

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.

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.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a 12-month sandwich placement with a sports organisation.

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.


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

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+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,180 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The BSc (Hons) Sport 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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

Scott Hunter


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.

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