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BSc (Hons) Sports Management

  • UCAS Code:
    N290
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Complete University Guide Top 10 Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism logoWe’ve developed this dynamic course following extensive consultation with numerous industry bodies, including Sport England and various national governing bodies; the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and commercial sport operators to make sure it’s as relevant as possible to the ever-changing sports industry.

As a result, this course has a blend of academic and practical elements combining to produce critically-informed and well-rounded graduates who are ready to manage, influence and lead in the world of work. The course covers a detailed understanding of sport, management, marketing, leadership, finance and business principles with an appreciation of the complex global social contexts in which these operate.

You’ll gain varied practical experience throughout your course thanks to your flexible work placement. You can either complete a minimum 30-week placement or a short 6-week placement. Your work placement provides you with a fantastic opportunity to put your learning into practice and make professional connections.

We have developed an international reputation in a number of fields, and continue to shape sport research and practice. We undertake a range of collaborative projects with local and international partners and we provide opportunities for you to engage in educational, research and work activities with our global partner institutions in, for example, USA, Germany, Holland, Norway and Australia.

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I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year. It has provided me with invaluable experience – working at a Premier League football club is a big thing at 21, and a label I am extremely proud to hold.” – Thomas Spring, 1st Team Player Recruitment Analyst at AFC Bournemouth

Sport scholarships

If you’re passionate about sport and you’re a high-performing sport athlete with the desire to continue developing your talents whilst you’re studying, then have a look at our BU Sport Scholarships which are available to help support you financially. Assistance is provided for coaching, equipment, competition entry fees, travel expenses and/or support services.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2020, September 2021

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years full-time with 6-week work placement or 4 years full-time including a minimum 30- week work placement

Accreditations:

Endorsed by Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), Institute of Data & Marketing (IDM)

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2020 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment 

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 447kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every student the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of their course.

You can also choose to undertake your placement anywhere in the UK, or even overseas, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. Possible international locations for the placement include Europe – notably Spain, Portugal, France and Germany – but also Australia and North America.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

This course will suit applicants who:

  • Show passion for developing and working within the sports industry
  • Show signs of developing into a well-rounded leaders and team players
  • Want to learn about the management issues surrounding the sports industry
  • Have a passion for working with people in order to bring the best out of them
  • Are looking to develop themselves as people.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

This degree will prepare you for work in a variety of sporting settings nationally and internationally. 85% of our students are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Former students have gone on to work for the likes of Manchester United FC, Milton Keynes Dons, DC Leisure, Fitness First, Elite Sports Promotions, The Kia Oval Cricket Club, British Ski and Wake Board, AFC Bournemouth, Open Golf Championship and Messe Frankfurt, among many others.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our graduates think

Stephen Pyke

I was lucky enough to spend my placement year at Southampton FC and was then kept on part-time, during my final year which helped to continue my development.

Hear from students say

Chris Sellers

The thing that made Bournemouth University stand out was that it offered a placement year, which gives you another dimension other universities couldn’t give.

What our graduates think

Lucy Owen

Since gaining my degree at BU I have managed to break into the world of Formula 1 as an Account Executive at the largest global motorsports marketing agency.