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BSc (Hons)Sport Management

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UCAS code: SMM1
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a sport management degree at Solent University

Develop your passion for sport, and progress to a successful career leading and managing sporting events and organisations on this CIMPSA-endorsed course.

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  • Solent is a Higher Education Partner with The Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA).
  • We offer two additional sport management pathways offering you the option to specialise in outdoor adventure studies, or football business.
  • Our fantastic professional sport and exercise science facilities include fully equipped physiology, psychology, and biomechanics labs, and health and exercise gyms.
  • With employability at the core of our course, you’ll be able to develop practical and professional skills thanks to the course-team’s well-established industry links.
  • Our specialist research areas include Human Function and Health, and Social Research and Policy – you will learn from leading experts in their field.
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Course overview

This degree focuses on business, social enterprise and management within the sports industry and is endorsed by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity). The course aligns with the Professional Standards to achieve CIMSPA’s Aspiring Manager (Leisure Operations) accreditation, enabling the development of work ready graduates.

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 opportunities encouraged alongside your studies . 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.

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.

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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

  • Study abroad

    You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course

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.

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.

Solent stories

Hear from Solent alumni about where their careers have taken them and how studying at Solent prepared them for their future.

Solent made me fall in love with the business side of sport

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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.


Our Sports Complex supports our sport and health and fitness degree programmes. The complex comprises two sports halls, fitness studios, strength and conditioning and high performance gyms, health and fitness and personal training teaching areas, 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.

    International opportunities

    Broaden your horizons by adding an international dimension to your CV – essential to achieving success in today’s fast-changing, global environment.

    Studying, working or volunteering in another country could be the experience of a lifetime. Enhance your degree by developing important global skills such as knowledge of other countries, language skills, intercultural awareness, adaptability and confidence.

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