During this course you’ll delve into the diverse world of sports marketing. You’ll explore sport commercialisation through broadcast, sponsorship and branding arrangements. Learn how to navigate intellectual property issues and discover how to align businesses with target audiences. We’re looking for critical thinkers with a strong interest in sport, marketing and media. We’ll cover this dynamic industry and give you the skills needed to enter it once you graduate.
What this course will cover
With a strong business studies foundation, this course will give you a deep understanding of the unique challenges that face sports marketers. You’ll explore consumer culture, how it affects the sports world and how to spot marketing opportunities within it.
The course will take you through the targeting and positioning of brands, paying attention to issues such as market competition and saturation. We’ll cover the management of digital media and explore the role it has to play in this field. You’ll also look at how to measure campaign effectiveness. From market research techniques and digital analytics, you’ll learn how to establish the best return on marketing and communications investments.
Getting ready for business
In today's economy, marketing plays a vital role in all organisations. Here, you'll develop your skills and learn how marketing can enhance the performance and perceptions of an organisation.
You’ll develop key transferable skills in business management. Time will be spent looking at the impact of emerging markets and the process companies use to explore the potential of moving into international markets. You’ll look at strategic sport management and finance as well as the regulation of sport business.
Developing innovation and enterprise
During this course you’ll have the opportunity to actively engage in marketing and agency briefs. This is designed to help you to develop personal enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurial capability. You’ll also learn how to communicate effectively with various people within this industry, from athletes and sports participants, to professional and governing bodies of sport.
UCAS CODE: 7N75
We have strong links with a number of sports organisations and a bustling business department, packed with expertise. Being so close to London gives us some amazing industry links, and gives you the chance to gain experience with some great businesses. Our focus on real world experience gives you that competitive edge when heading into employment.
We believe that having full professional and personal support makes a huge different to the university experience. We make sure you have one-to-one teaching with our lecturers. At Bucks, we build relationships where lecturers know their students by name, not by number.
We have great links with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
You’ll work towards two qualifications at the same time on this course. We embed Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) modules with our degree modules so, once you graduate, you can register with the CIM. We’re really close to their headquarters - so they often visit our students and give them really valuable advice.
You’ll also go to CIM events and work with industry leaders. By joining with students on other Business degrees, you’ll get vital experience while building your business skills. And you’ll be creating a network of friends to take with you when you graduate.
We have a state of the art gym and our human performance laboratory is home to an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology. This facility helps to enhance athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The laboratory is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters. We are also the only university in the UK to focus on disability sport, an area of increasing importance.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning. The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
Year 1: 25 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||303 hours|
|Independent learning:||897 hours|
Year 2: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||312 hours|
|Independent learning:||888 hours|
Year 3: 24 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
|Teaching, learning and assessment:||290 hours|
|Independent learning:||910 hours|
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose. Assessments are broken down into coursework, written exams or practical. Coursework covers both written work such as essays and reports and practical work such as the preparation of a portfolio and project outputs completed on many art and design programmes. Exams include both formal written exams and in-class time-constrained assessments or TCAs. Practical assessments largely consist of oral presentations and contributions to seminars, and competency-based activities such as clinical or lab skills.
|65 percent coursework||20 percent written exams||15 percent practical|
|65 percent coursework||10 percent written exams||25 percent practical|
|80 percent coursework||10 percent written exams||10 percent practical|
Please note: The percentages above do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- The Sport Business
- Professional and Academic Skills for Sport
- Sport, Society and the Market
- Business Management
- Principles of Marketing
Year 2 Modules
- Digital Marketing
- Sport Sponsorship and Events (optional)
- Sport Broadcasting and Media (optional)
- Sport Operations Management (optional)
- Research in Sport and Exercise
- Measuring Campaign Effectiveness
Year 3 Modules
- Sport Commerce and Regulation
- Strategic Sports Management & Finance
- Research Dissertation
- Change Management and organisation Development
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £11,000 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow