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About the course

Add a commercial edge to your love of sport with Solent’s industry-focused sport management degree. This innovative course will enable you to develop the skills required to successfully manage and lead a variety of sports, events, organisations and people.

This degree focuses on the business and management of the sports industry. Students study a combination of management, policy and sociology modules, developing a thorough and critical understanding of sport management issues and theory. 

With employability at its core, the course enables students to develop practical and professional skills through a four-week work placement unit. To complement their degree studies and help to further boost employability, students are also encouraged to study for an NGB coaching qualification.

The course team’s established industry links have provided previous students with the opportunity for valuable industry work experience. Past students have also benefitted from talks delivered by guest lecturers, giving insight around current issues in the industry to help build their knowledge and network of contacts.

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Students study a combination of management, policy and sociology modules, developing a thorough and critical understanding of sport management issues and theory.

What does this course lead to?

This course can lead to careers in the business and management side of the sports industry - potential career paths include marketing, finance, events management and administration. The skills you’ll build up on the course could also create entrepreneurial opportunities, such as setting up your own sports business enterprise.

Who is this course for?

This programme is the ideal way for applicants to combine their love of sport with essential business and management skills.

Applicants come from a wide range of academic backgrounds and tend to be aspiring to careers in sports marketing, centre management, coaching, sports development and sports administration.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:

  • Compulsory DBS: £55

Optional costs:

  • Discounted professional body endorsement (NGB): Prices vary, please click here to view our courses.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • All successful applicants will be required to undertake a criminal record check processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • Alternative entry to the course is available through the  Sport Foundation Year.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Sport Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Management Principles
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Principles of Sport Development
  • Sport and Social Issues
  • Marketing Principles

Year two

Core modules
  • Operations Management
  • Applied Sociology of Sport
  • Research Methods
  • Policy and Practice in Sport Development
  • Work Placement


  • Applied Marketing Practice
  • Event Organisation

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core modules
  • Strategic Management
  • Global Sport Issues
  • Dissertation


  • Strategic Marketing
  • Business Start-up
  • Strategic Sport Development

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Mark Turner academic profile Mark Turner Course Leader View profile
Lisa Binney academic profile Lisa Binney Senior Lecturer View profile
Lynsey Melhuish academic profile Lynsey Melhuish Senior Lecturer View profile
Chris Osborne academic profile Chris Osborne Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


To develop practical skills, students studying on this course will have access to the University’s full range of modern sports facilities.

The University provides excellent learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

Students are encouraged to study for the industry-recognised National Governing Body (NGB) coaching qualification.

Your future

This course can lead to management careers in the sports industry, and in particular the sports business industry.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Sport development
  • Sports coaching
  • Sports management
  • Sports administration
  • Sports centre management
  • Sports marketing.

Industry links

The course team have excellent links with both local and national sports organisations and clubs, as well as experience of working in the industry. Their experience can provide valuable networking and part-time work opportunities.


Students are expected to undertake a minimum four-week work placement in their second year. The University supports students in developing their CV-writing and job-seeking skills, as well as finding a placement.

Upon completion of the placement, students undertake reflective assessments related to their placement experience, as well as forward planning for further career development.

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