Sport Management (Top-up) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

Course summary

Sport managers bring business knowledge and commercial expertise to the world of sport. With a Level 5 qualification – such as an HND or Foundation degree in a subject related to sports or business – and the ambition to work in sport management, you can earn a full Bachelor's degree on this BSc (Hons) Sport Management top-up course. By developing skills in sports entrepreneurship, management, marketing, analytics and more, you'll graduate with the knowledge, understanding and practical experience for a career in sport management and a range of related sectors.

  • Have the chance to take part in research programmes run by internationally recognised sports organisations such as UEFA, the FA and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
  • Experience teaching that's driven by current practice and taught by lecturers who have delivered sports management schemes in the community
  • Boost your CV, enhance your professional network and share your sporting skill in the local community through our coaching, mentoring and volunteering scheme
  • Train and coach within our extensive sports facilities, including a 100-station gym, fitness studios, and a new sports centre featuring a ski simulator, climbing wall and 8-lane swimming pool
Careers and opportunities On this BSc (Hons) Sport Management top-up degree, you'll build your understanding of sport and its role in society across the globe and focus on strategic issues facing the sports industry. You'll develop transferable skills in marketing, strategic management, digital innovation and analytics and learn how to apply this knowledge to the sports sector, making you a valuable prospect to employers across a range of industries. You'll also work alongside industry experts to focus on your own professional development, helping you to stand out to and network with potential employers. What areas can you work in with a sport management top-up degree? When you graduate, you'll be suited to roles in commercial and non-commercial organisations in the sports sector in areas such as:
  • marketing
  • stadium or event operations
  • event management
  • product and brand management
  • sponsorship strategy
  • communications
You could also go into areas outside of the sports industry in roles such as PE teaching (with additional training), sports journalism and business finance. Ongoing careers support After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability Service as you advance in your career. Leadership and development You'll have the chance to work with our local community to encourage cultural and social development through sports coaching and volunteering. You'll build invaluable experience within institutions such as clubs, schools and charities. Work experience and professional development You'll gain insight from industry experts during the Professional Development module. This gives you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in the industry. As part of this module, you'll be mentored by members of staff and complete a masterclass series (workshops with academics and industry experts) that examines topics and challenges you'll face as a sport management practitioner. The masterclass series covers:
  • Sport Management Contexts and Methodologies for Practice
  • Marketing and Promotion of Sport
  • Strategy Development for Sport Management
  • Human Resource Management – Considerations for Practice
  • The Role of Finance in Sport
  • Talent Identification and Development
  • Governance and Match Officials
  • Mental Health Awareness in Sport
  • Sport for Development
  • Current Issues in Sport Management


Year 1 Core modules in this year include: 

  • Economics and Finance of Sport (20 credits)
  • Human Resources for Sport Management (20 credits)
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Business Venturing (20 credits)
  • Strategic Leadership in Sport Management (40 credits)
  • Work-Based Learning for Sport Management (20 credits)
There are no optional modules in this year. Changes to course content: We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed. This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Assessment method

You'll be assessed through: Practical assessments Client reports Video submissions Blog submissions Infographic submissions Essays Portfolios Presentation slides You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Relevant HE study leading to a Level 5 qualification, for example an appropriate HND, foundation degree or Advanced Diploma or 240 credits from year 1 and year 2 of an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc), in a Sport related subject. 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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £16200 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation. For more information about fees, go to
Sport Management (Top-up) at University of Portsmouth - UCAS