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BSc (Hons)Sport Management

5 years with foundation and industry years
20222023
UCAS code:
SMM4
Institution code: S30
UCAS points:
48
Campus:
Southampton City Centre
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Do you want to turn your love for sport into an academic qualification and study for a sports-related honours degree here at Solent University? Leading directly on to the BSc (Hons) Sport Management degree, this one year foundation programme will equip you with the skills you’ll need to progress.

Studying the sport foundation year could give students an opportunity to extend previous experience gained, or provide a route back into education. The course will help develop the key academic skills required to make the transition to studying the full BSc (Hons) Sport Management degree.

Students will study core theories in sport and fitness but, crucially, will learn how to apply this knowledge in practical settings – helping to develop the skills that employers are looking for. 

Graduates of the foundation are guaranteed entry onto the three year degree with a year in placement. 

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 resources as well as event organisation, sport governance, social and cultural issues, health and safety and contemporary and global trends to develop a thorough and critical understanding of sport industry issues and theory.

There is also the option to specialise in one of three pathways in year two and three.

Sport Management pathway
This well-established pathway develops your critical knowledge, understanding and application of sport sociology, sports development and sports policy and practice across a range of sport industry settings at operational, management and strategic level.

Outdoor Adventure pathway
This pathway explores the breadth of alternative sport and leisure pursuits and includes topics such as nature therapy, coaching, outdoor education, adventure recreation (with tourism), retail and extreme sports.

Football and Business pathway
This pathway applies sport management to the specific football and business environment. Topics will include football development, coaching, sociology of football, globalisation of football and professional practice.

*Please note not all options associated with a pathway are guaranteed to run each year.

With employability at its core, you’ll be able to develop practical and professional skills through a variety of placement opportunities encouraged alongside your studies and through the 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. 

This video 'Why study BSc (Hons) Sport Management' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

We also offer a unique opportunity for paid roles at our very own Sports Complex. Opened in May 2019 as part of a £100 million campus redevelopment, the Solent Sports Complex brings state-of-the-art health, fitness and wellbeing equipment and services to Solent University students and staff, as well as the local community.

This video 'BSc (Hons) Sport Management' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

The BSc (Hons) Sport Management 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.

Why choose this course?

Course features

  • Additional qualification

    This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Professional membership

    You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree

  • Placement year

    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

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

Who is this course for?

The sport foundation year is perfect for sports enthusiasts who wish to study for a full honours degree, but might not meet the entry requirements. Upon completion of the foundation year, students will be able to progress directly on to the first year of the BSc (Hons) Sport Management undergraduate degree.

Solent's sport management 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.

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.

Meet the team

The course is delivered by staff who have extensive teaching, professional and industry experience. Staff are committed to delivering an excellent student experience which blends theory and practice through real-world learning opportunities. 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.

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.

Facilities

Our Sports Complex supports our sport and health and fitness degree programmes. The complex comprises 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.

Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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