Sport Business Management (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Sport Business Management (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Sport and Health Sciences




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    S578; Short form: SBMFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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

Our typical offer is 72 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: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Sport Business Management
  • Essential Study Skills for Lifelong Learning


  • Professional Work Environments for Sport
  • Practical Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity

Year 2

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

Year 3

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

Year 4

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

Further Information

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.

Sports Business Management students

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.

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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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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.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 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 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,

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

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