Sport Business Management

Sport Business Management BSc (Hons)

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.

The dynamic nature of the sports industry, incorporating public, commercial and voluntary sectors of sports provision, calls for a contemporary approach to sports business management. On UCLan's BSc(Hons) Sports Business Management you will study core business management disciplines along with modules exploring the global sports business environment and consumer, contextualised with specific examples from the dynamic sport business environment.

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. You will be taught be staff with national and international profiles in sport business research and application. 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. In the first year you will develop a broad understanding of sport business management, relating to sport finance and economic, principles and practices of sports business management and sport business environments. Within the second year, you will examine the theory and application of sports marketing, explore operations and sports law and study human resource management and research an enterprise in the context of sport business management. In the third year you will study strategic sport business management and contemporary issues within the dynamic and broad field of sport management, and you will also engage in the study of management and professional development, focused in part on your career progression. You will have the opportunity to specialise and choose from a range of options, namely professional Project, an enterprise / innovation project, a consultancy project or a dissertation. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a 12-month sandwich placement with a sports organisation.


Sport, health and events are all booming sectors in the UK offering many graduate opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Following the Olympics 2012 legacy, a degree in Sports Business Management will lead to a diverse array of opportunities including sports management, leisure management, business enterprise, event management, performance, education, coaching, or a career in public service.

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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Key Information

  • 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

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • 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)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

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.

Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Human resource management
  • Sports marketing
  • Operations and sport law
  • Research and enterprise for sport

Year 3

  • Strategic sport business management
  • Management and professional development
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport Business Management
  • Professional Project or Enterprise/innovation project or Consultancy or Dissertation

Open Day - 24 March 2018

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 and videos, assessed both individually and as a group.

We 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: Dr Joel Rookwood, Tony Keaveny, Denis Pressler, Helen O’Donnell, Antony Keaveny.

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Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Sport and Wellbeing
Telephone us for further information +44(0)1772 892400
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.