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Business Management with Sport

BSc (Hons)

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

UCAS Code: N2C6 (NN89 with Professional Experience)

Start Dates(s): September


3 years BSc (Hons) BSc Business Management with Sport

4 years BSc (Hons) BSc Business Management with Sport with Professional Experience Year


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £13,320 per year

In Brief:

  • Our Centre for Sports Business has an outstanding record of expertise in sports analytics, economics and finance
  • Top industry connections with organisations like Sporting Solutions, which recently entered into a collaboration with us to establish a Trading School of Excellence for the betting industry
  • Benefit from the knowledge of high profile visiting speakers such as Rick Parry, the Premier League’s first chief executive
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

That Manchester as a major centre for sport is indisputable and sport business contributes substantial money and jobs to the Greater Manchester area. This course provides an academically challenging and vocationally relevant business education with an understanding of the key issues facing sports organisations. It is ideal if you are looking to move into sports management – or if you are interested in general business and love sport.

You will become an adaptable person who recognises the need for change and who can act as an agent for change through an understanding of the inter- relationships which exist within the Sport Management field. You will learn to appreciate the concepts and characteristics of Sport Management as an area of academic and applied study. This will develop your ability to learn independently helping you develop towards a career in sport management and other management opportunities.

With some exceptional partnerships with sports organisations and a dedicated Centre for Sports Business that offers expertise in sports analytics, economics and finance, Salford Business School can offer you exciting opportunities to learn both in the classroom and outside.

The Professional Development module in the second year helps you to develop the skills you need – presentation skills, networking, interview techniques etc – to move more easily into successful employment.  

Find out how one of our Business Management with Sport students got on in his work placement at Umbro producing a promotional video for their new football boots. Find out more.

This degree is also offered with a Foundation Year, visit for details.

"Salford Business School provided me with the right tools and opportunities to prepare myself for a career in strategic sports management, as well as the right education, knowledge and understanding to last me throughout my career.”

Callum Donnely - BSc (Hons) Business Management with Sport Graduate and now Development Manager (Sport), Merseyside Sports Partnership

Course Details

This course allows you to either specialise or follow an integrated route and the modular design gives you considerable choice.

Year 1    

All Business Management with Sport students study the same modules in the first year, after which you are given the flexibility to review and change your options depending on which subjects interest you the most. This approach gives you a vital foundation in key business disciplines to support the subjects    you    go on to study in your second and final years. It also means that all students achieve the same level of Business Management with Sport knowledge at the end of their first year.    

You will receive an introduction to the theory and practice of marketing - an essential service to the long-term prosperity of organisations and businesses - and apply these principles to real life situations.            
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.            
You will learn about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.            
This module introduces you to the key concepts of modern economics, including how markets function as the foundation of contemporary economies.            
You will learn how to present, evaluate and interpret data as a basis for making business decisions. This will include an introduction to using mathematics, statistics and analysis to develop lines of argument and propose solutions to important business problems.            


Choose one from:    

Key content is delivered through lectures and seminars which explore the role and effect of policy-making on various user groups in society. Your learning will be supported by the use of the University’s virtual learning environment. Guest speakers also support targeted areas of the syllabus.            


You will develop your knowledge and competence in a foreign language, while also learning more about the countries where it is spoken for professional purposes.            

Year 2    

In your second year, you will start to take specialist modules and build your knowledge in these areas. You also have the option to change your specialism and original choice of degree, or switch to any of the following degrees:    

  • BSc (Hons) Business and Management        
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Financial Management        
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Economics        
  • BSc (Hons) International Business        
  • BSc (Hons) International Events Management        
  • BSc (Hons) Business and Tourism Management        
  • BSc (Hons) Marketing        
  • BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management        

You can also choose to undertake a study exchange abroad for one semester or one year during your second year. We provide you with extensive support through workshops, personal guidance, tests and interview practice to help    this    opportunity become a reality.    

Graduates with international experience are increasingly sought by employers because they gain highly valuable skill sets living and studying in a different country.    

Salford Business School study abroad opportunities are available across Europe and the rest of the world – don’t miss out on this exciting chance to learn while exploring new places and making friends from all over the world!    


This module gives you an introduction to sport psychology and focuses on using knowledge in an applied setting. You will study:
  • The relationship between individual psychological differences and participation in sport                    
  • Coaching and leadership theory; coaching styles; athlete preferences                    
  • Psychological assessment in athletes                    
  • Mental training and the use of psychological techniques in improving athlete performance                    
  • Athlete behaviour in team sport situations                    
  • The home-field advantage phenomenon.                    
This module provides you with the knowledge required to successfully plan, execute and evaluate events. You will also gain the necessary experience to run your own event with support from your tutors.            
This module will help you develop knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of effective project management in a global business context. You will become skilled in project management techniques, methods and tools, and their applications and limitations.            
This module introduces you to the operation of global legal systems and the areas of law that underpin the practice of effective business management. You will develop a working knowledge of law relating to contracts and their effective negotiation in different business environments.            
This module will enable you to plan and carry out appropriate professional development activities to increase your employability and performance. These include self-presentation, professional networking, project planning and implementation, team working, influencing and multimedia communication. You        will        gain all the necessary experience required to take advantage of global employment opportunities.            


Choose one from:    

This module examines legal, ethical and practical considerations in sports leadership. There is an emphasis on the development of young athletes and the pivotal role of coaches and sports leaders in young people’s personal development. The module also offers opportunities to develop your capacity        for        leadership.            


This module gives you an opportunity to further consolidate and develop competence in a foreign language. It further prepares you linguistically and interculturally for work in or relating to a country where the target language is spoken.            

Optional Year    

On completion of Year 2 you may choose to undertake either a paid placement or study abroad for a year.    

All of our BSc and BA students can apply for a one year professional placement, which takes place between your second and last years of study.                

This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of and over the last five years 90% of Salford Business undergraduates taking a one year placement secured a 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree.                

We will help you find out about vacancies and make the right connections with high profile employers through regular events and presentations.                

Here is just a small selection of the companies our students have enjoyed placements with so far: NatWest, Barclays and The Cooperative Bank; BP, Esso and Shell; IBM, Hewlett Packard and Compaq; Ford, Vauxhall, Jaguar and Nissan; Marks & Spencer, Selfridges and Sainsbury’s; Eli Lilly, Glaxo          and ICI; Fujitsu, Marriott and Virgin.                

Year 3  


This module explores the relationship between sport and society by examining issues including corruption, drugs, gambling and racism in sport. You will study how these and other factors connect sport and sports organisations to the ethical, legal, political and social environments within which they      function.          
This module will build your entrepreneurial knowledge in management and business development in the service sector. You will be encouraged to turn your business ideas into reality and develop a business plan.          
This module offers an organisational perspective by exploring strategy techniques and processes. You will apply your knowledge and understanding of strategy to a variety of real world organisations, using analysis and enquiry techniques at the forefront of strategic research and practice. This will      prepare you for a career in business and management and enable you to reach your potential as a next generation manager.          
This module gives you with an appreciation and detailed understanding of the implications of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability in national and international organisations. You will develop your knowledge with respect to the importance of the balance between shareholders,      stakeholders and the purpose and values of an organisation. You will also explore the roles of social and technological innovation in global ethical organisations to prepare you for future employment.          
You will develop your understanding of the sourcing, evaluation and application of available business information in a variety of formats, while also improving your skills in the design and analysis of primary research methodologies. In particular, the module aims to develop your capacity to evaluate      published business research and consultancy and prepare viable proposals for future research-based business consultation.          


Choose one from:  

This module will take you to a European city to give you the opportunity to apply what you have learnt over the course of your degree course to a real world tourism destination. It will provide an invaluable link between the classroom and real world and is free to students.          
This module gives you an opportunity to further consolidate and develop competence in a foreign language. It further prepares you linguistically and interculturally for work in or relating to a country where the target language is spoken.                  
This module will give you an insight into tourism that involves travelling to places associated with death and suffering.            
You will examine the nature of services in the business environment and develop a detailed understanding of the marketing process adopted by a range of public and private sector organisations. You will also examine relationship marketing and how it contributes to the effectiveness of service organisations      in      business-to-customer and business-to-business settings.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
Maths and English at grade C or grade 4
UCAS tariff points BSc: 104-112 points
With Professional Experience: 112-120 points
GCE A level BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes. With professional experience year: BBC-BBB with a minimum of two A2 passes
BTEC National Diploma DMM
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma (31 points with experience year)

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

English Language Requirements

For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4, 5, 6 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.

Applicant profile

We are looking for people who are really interested in sport and who want to participate in organising or managing sport in their future career.

You will most likely have an involvement in some form of competitive or recreational sport, and will also need to demonstrate good levels of academic knowledge, which does not have to be specific to the subject of sport.

Students with a wide range of knowledge, including business, technology, leisure, hospitality, media, and health can bring important skills and knowledge that contribute to the course as a whole.

Each application will be considered carefully and judged on its own merits.

Equivalent qualifications will also be considered please contact admissions for further information

Fees and Funding


Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £13,320 per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials using a wide range of learning activities. You will experience small group tutorials during your First and Second year module studies. This ensures you will be highly skilled in time for your placements, year abroad experience and final year studies.


Over the duration of your course a range of assessment techniques will be used. Types of assessment include; essays, assignments, exams, multiple choice tests, online tests, group reports, and portfolio work. The weighting between exams and coursework varies between modules and years, but exams still play a major role.


This course effectively broadens the career options of graduates and equips you with the opportunity to compete effectively in the marketplace for management positions across a wide range of employers.

Additionally, you will enjoy the opportunity of improved access to sports organisations and a variety of other companies where knowledge and understanding a key consideration for employers. Our recent graduates have gained employment with leading companies including:

  • Cheshire County Football Association
  • Fitness First
  • LA Fitness
  • Tameside Sports Trust
  • Village Hotel & Leisure Club
  • Ernst & Young
  • Dixons Group plc
  • British Airways
  • Cooperative Insurance Services
  • BMW
  • American Express
  • BBC
  • Citibank
  • Ladbrokes
  • Numberica
  • Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Premier Travel Inn
  • BUPA
  • Thomson Holidays
  • BT
  • DTS Logistics
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • The NHS

Career Prospects

Our comprehensive range of business and management undergraduate degree courses are highly respected by leading employers and have been designed to maximise your opportunities for embarking on a career with organisations seeking high calibre business graduates.

Links with Industry

All students are encouraged to take part in a 12-month period of professional experience. This gives you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding gained in your first two years of the course in a real working environment. You will be required to make a decision on this option during your second year.  

Placements can be arranged with a large variety of organisations, including those involved in commerce, industry and the non-profit sector.

Salford Business School has established strong links with many organisations who place a high value on our students. In addition to the work placement, you may also undertake a number of occupational modules that will enable you to develop skills required for the workplace.

For example, specific occupational skills relevant to the vocational pathway will be developed and assessed in modules such as Event Planning and Development, Sports Leadership, Sports Development, Sport Psychology and Sport and Social issues.

Placement Opportunities

You can enhance your career options with a year-long work placement giving you the opportunity to apply the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained in the first two years of the course.  Taking a placement between your second and final year helps to further develop your management skills and enhances your CV and employment prospects. A placement also provides a real context for the subjects studied on the course and helps in the preparation for your final year.
You will work with an employer which could be a local, national or international organisation.  

Our students have worked in a wide variety of organisations from financial services to manufacturing – in recent years, students have had placements with a wide range of employers including the NHS, BUPA and Peninsula business management consultants..  You will receive support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement.

During this year, you will not pay fees to the University and will earn a wage for the work that you do.

There are different entry requirements and course codes for the Professional Experience Year option.

Further Study


Salford Business School is located at the heart of the University’s Peel campus in the newly refurbished Lady Hale Building, and the Chapman Building, offering state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and just minutes from Manchester city centre.

Chapman is a stylish modern space with six lecture theatres equipped with the very latest technology and large screen displays, a series of communal learning and breakout spaces, plus a Fairtrade café with panoramic views across the campus.

Lady Hale is the home to all dedicated business school student support including the school office, an employability hub, a base for the Business School society, and several open study spaces.

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