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About the course

This innovative management-based course maximises career potential across the scope of this dynamic, fast paced and growing sport industry.

This degree focuses on business, social enterprise and management within the sports industry. You’ll study a combination of management topics including marketing, business start-up, human resource management and operations as well as event organisation, sports policy and sociology modules to develop a thorough and critical understanding of sport industry issues and theory.

There is also the option to specialise in two additional sport management pathways, outdoor adventure studies and football business.

Outdoor Adventure Studies will include topics such as nature therapy, coaching, outdoor education, adventure recreation (with tourism), retail and extreme sports. While Football Business offers sport management contextualised to the football environment. Topics will include football development, coaching, sociology of football, globalisation of football and professional practice. 

With employability at its core, you’ll be able to develop practical and professional skills through a variety of placement options from a four-week work placement unit to a sandwich year-long placement.

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 industry field trip and talks delivered by guest lecturers, giving insight around current issues in the industry to help build their knowledge and network of contacts.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
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

You’ll learn from a teaching team with a broad range of academic and industry experience.

What does this course lead to?

This course can lead to a wealth of management careers across the sports industry - potential career paths include leisure, entertainment and sport centre management, stadium management, event organisation, sponsorship and marketing, sport and adventure tourism, youth and community development, sports administration, teaching and lecturing and specialisms in the outdoor/adventure industry and football club/agency management.

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 a management degree which offers a wealth of senior career opportunities across the industry

Applicants come from a wide range of academic backgrounds and sporting passions and the creativity and diversity of the degree allows the full scope of the industry to be explored. This is through broad, flexible and transferable, management skills which fulfil a variety of life-long career aspirations and which can be adaptable to respond to the changing socio-economic and global climate and ensuring graduate career longevity in the sports management sector.  

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

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

Optional costs:
A student undertaking an optional residential visit or field trip will be required to contribute to travel, accommodation and food costs during the visit

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

104-120 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 qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • Alternative entry is available through the Sport Foundation Year.
  • All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • 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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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 Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 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.

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Sport Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Year one module topics cover: research and study skills, introduction to the scope of the industry, management and marketing principles, social issues and health and safety operations.

Year two

Year two modules topics cover: research methods, work placement, people management and marketing,

Optional topics can be studied relating to event organisation, sports policy, sociology, outdoor adventure studies, football, coaching and business.

Year three

Year three module topics cover a dissertation, strategic management and marketing, and option topics in contemporary issues, globalisation, coaching, sports development and business start up can be studied.


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

Lynsey Melhuish academic profile Lynsey Melhuish Course Leader View profile
Anya Higgins academic profile Anya Higgins Senior Lecturer View profile
Rhian Jones academic profile Rhian Jones Senior Lecturer View profile
Mark Turner academic profile Mark Turner Senior Lecturer View profile
Kola Adeosun academic profile Kola Adeosun Senior Lecturer View profile
David Webber academic profile David Webber Senior Lecturer View profile
Rory Magrath academic profile Rory Magrath Associate Professor View profile
Charlie Gambrill academic profile Charlie Gambrill Associate Lecturer View profile
Claire Backhouse academic profile Claire Backhouse 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.


As a student here at Solent University, you’ll have access to our full range of learning resources and facilities. These include a 24-hour library, comfortable study spaces, large computer resource centres and a comprehensive suite of academic and personal support services.

Our brand new sports complex, will support our sport and health and fitness degree programmes. The complex will comprise two sports halls, two fitness studios, strength and conditioning and high performance gym, health and fitness and personal training teaching teams, and sport and exercise therapy clinical space.


Solent is a Higher Education Partner with the Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity. There will also be opportunities to participate in residential field trips.

Your future

This course can lead to management careers across the breadth of the sports industry including:

  • leisure
  • entertainment and sport centre management
  • stadium management
  • event organisation
  • sponsorship and marketing
  • sport and adventure tourism
  • youth and community development
  • sports administration
  • teaching and lecturing
  • specialisms in the outdoor/adventure industry (outdoor centre management, outdoor education, nature therapy, adventure tourism)
  • football club/agency management 
  • related business operations and administration.

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.



Work placement is a core module at level 5 with students having the opportunity to undertake practical work experience in the summer break between level 4 and 5. Students are expected to find their own work placement with support from tutors.  Expectations are for students to undertake 4 weeks full-time equivalent practical work experience.  Many students undertake placement for the whole summer break.

In addition, there is also the opportunity to undertake a full year ‘sandwich placement’ between level 5 and 6. Again students will be expected to find their placement but with support from the University.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

Register for a virtual open day