• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

Sport Business Management prepares you for your future career, opening many doors in commercial and operational management roles throughout the UK and beyond. You’ll have a strong interest in sport and be able to develop good leadership qualities and have a desire to understand the unique challenges that face this fast-paced, energetic industry.

What this course will cover

Whether you plan to start your own business or take the reins of an existing one, you’ll need to be well-equipped with a number of skills. You’ll build a solid foundation in business studies, focusing on areas such as marketing, finance, digital media and operations. You’ll gain a diverse range of industry specific skills and an understanding of sport business management.

While on this course, you’ll improve your entrepreneurial skills and become more confident in making crucial decisions. We make sure that you develop as a person, gaining new abilities in strategic thinking, problem solving and communication.

Business and management is important today, providing the majority of employment in the UK. To ensure future success, companies are constantly on the lookout for skilled and qualified managers; having this degree will help you stand out in front of employers.

While you’re studying with us, many businesses ask our students to help with live projects. Before you even graduate, you will have had opportunities to make connections with businesses in the area.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: N880

We have strong links with sports organisations and a bustling business department packed with expertise. All our business courses cross over, with some modules being shared across the degrees. We believe in breaking down barriers and giving our students every opportunity to expand their network while with us. With smaller, more intimate class sizes, we give our students one-to-one teaching and personal support.

Being so close to London gives us some amazing industry links. You’ll have the chance to gain experience with different businesses. Our emphasis on real world experience gives you that competitive edge when heading into employment.

Learn about the Business from well-seasoned experts in management

Our lecturers have extensive industry and academic experience. They’ll help you mix theory with practice, informing your teaching with their knowledge. We get many guest speakers visiting, some of which are former students. We make sure that you’ll always know about the latest trends in the world of business.

Some of our lecturers have their own interests in the business, some with their own businesses. Their main interest is your teaching and they are ready to support you through your studies.

We run Bizfest every year, where successful business leaders come to Bucks to share their thoughts on business ventures and the future of their industries.

Sport Facilities

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.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

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: 24 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 291 hours
Independent learning: 909 hours

Year 2: 25 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 900 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

Assessment

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.

Year 1

60 percent coursework 15 percent written exams 25 percent practical

Year 2

70 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 30 percent practical

Year 3

85 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 15 percent practical

Feedback

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 include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. 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.

Course Modules

Module Map

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

  • Organisational Behaviour in Sport
  • The Sport Business
  • Applied Sports Field Study
  • Professional and Academic Skills for Sport
  • Sport, Society and the Market

Year 2 Modules

  • Digital Marketing
  • Football: The Global Game (optional)
  • Golf: The Global Business (optional)
  • Rugby Union: The Global Game (optional)
  • Sport Sponsorship and Events (optional)
  • Sport Broadcasting and Media (optional)
  • Sport Operations Management (optional)
  • Understanding People in Sports Business (optional)
  • Research in Sport and Exercise
  • Sport, Diversity and Wellbeing (optional)
  • Sport Event Planning

Year 3 Modules

  • Club Business: Football (optional)
  • Club Business: Rugby (optional)
  • Communications and PR in Sport (optional)
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship (optional)
  • Sport Commerce and Regulation
  • Sport Tourism (optional)
  • Strategic Sports Management & Finance
  • Club Business: Golf (optional)
  • Funding for Sport (optional)
  • Professional Development and Employability
  • Research Dissertation

Fees

How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year

Full Time International: £10,500 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow

Employability

What are my career prospects

Having studied at Bucks, you will be associated with a university that has been a pioneer in sport-related studies for over 15 years. We have a strong reputation for our sport courses and as a graduate you’ll be able to make full use of our partnerships with public and private sector sport organisations.

You’ll be qualified for work in sports administration roles and jobs within national governing bodies of sport. Marketing, advertising and sponsorship positions in agencies and commercial sports businesses will be within your reach as will careers in community sports trusts and professional sports clubs.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.