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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 Date(s): September

Duration:

3 years BSc (Hons) BSc Business Management with Sport

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

Fees:

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

Of all the cultural, historical and industrial impacts Greater Manchester has had on the world, it is sport that has really put the region on the map. With a record of expertise in sports analytics, marketing and economics, Salford Business School’s reputation for sports research and knowledge is befitting of a region that is home to two of the most valuable football clubs in the world.

With an industry-informed curriculum that combines business management and sports modules, this programme gives passionate and ambitious individuals the skills, knowledge and industry experience necessary for a managerial career in the sports industry.

At Salford Business School, industry is at the heart of everything we do. By maintaining close partnerships with a number of sports organisations through our Centre for Sports Business, we ensure that our curriculum meets the current needs of employers and that you receive fantastic opportunities for networking and work placements.

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 www.salford.ac.uk/ug-courses/business-foundation-year 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

During the first year of your programme, you’ll develop an understanding of the core principles that underpin Business Management with Sport as an area of academic study. As the course progresses, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise through optional modules, undertake a year-long work placement and prepare yourself for the world of work through our Professional Development module.

Business Management with Sport is a fantastic programme for anyone who aims to turn their passion for sport into a managerial career. Under the supervision of our academics and support staff at the Centre for Sports Business, you will gain the knowledge and learn the skills that will not only make you an attribute in the sports industry, but allow you to enter high-level employment across a variety of sectors.

Year 1      

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.            
You will learn about the important contribution of Human Resource Management policy and practice to employee and organisational success in the UK and internationally.            
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.            
This module gives you a theoretical and practical introduction to the basics of accounting, including how to prepare financial statements.        
In this module, you’ll develop the digital and business skills essential for a high level career. You’ll gain experience of specific digital tools as well as practicing professional skills such as self-management, presenting and communication.    

OPTIONAL MODULES

In Introduction to Sport Psychology, you will be introduced to psychological factors pertinent to sport at an individual and team level. You will explore relationships between psychological factors and develop an understanding of how they influence sporting performance.
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      

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.

This innovative module has been nominated for the Course and Curriculum Design award in the 2018 Guardian University Awards.  One participant commented “It was thanks to this module that I gained a much better understanding of what employers are looking for and where I stand in comparison to that from the marks and feedback received… This proves to me I do have the experience and competencies sought after by employers. Realising this has really boosted my confidence.”

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 gives you an understanding of event management practices that are applicable in the international arena and covers the event planning process and role of suppliers in the industry. You will also develop an understanding of the techniques and processes used in evaluating operational issues from different stakeholder perspectives.    
In this module, you will develop the knowledge and skills required to evaluate published research and consultancy in relation to its methodology and findings. Through the use of a variety of methodologies and methods, you’ll develop an appreciation of the importance of business models.
In Sport in a Digital World you will be introduced to the concepts that underpin digital technologies in sport, in addition to contemporary issues in the rapidly changing areas of digital practice, research and development. The module gives you the knowledge to critically appraise and respond to future technological developments applicable to sport.

OPTIONAL MODULES

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 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      

All of our BSc 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 School 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.

Year 3

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.          
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 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.      
Undertaking a dissertation allows you to identify and focus on a specialist area of research related to an aspect of your degree programme. Through this module, you execute a substantial piece of independent research and produce a scholarly and critical dissertation as a result. As well as being a great way to prepare you for postgraduate study, your dissertation can also be presented to potential employers as evidence of your analytical and research skills.
OPTIONAL MODULES
Brand Marketing aims to help you develop an understanding of the theories, principles and practice of branding. Through the module, you will explore the enduring importance of branding, receive an introduction to brand management and practice making brand related recommendations in the context of real-life international brands.  
This modules provides an introduction to search and social media marketing and its strategic benefits to organisations. Through Search and Social Media Marketing, you will develop a critical understanding of the strategies, theories, trends and techniques used in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Social Media Optimisation (SMO) as well as the practical skills required for the implementation and evaluation of these activities.  
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.

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
GCSE
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 for whom English is not a first language 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

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

Our teaching is industry-led, inspired by contemporary practice and developed in partnership with business leaders. Our academics are experts in their field and work closely with industry to ensure that our courses reflect the needs of business and provides you with that extra edge when it comes to securing a job.

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.

Assessment

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.

Employability

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

Career Prospects

With a focus on professional development, support from our Employability Hub and the opportunity to take part in work placement, upon your graduation, you’ll be prepared to enter the sports industry in a variety of roles.

Cheshire County Football Association, Fitness First, LA Fitness and Tameside Sports Trust are just a few of them organisations our graduates have gone on to enjoy careers with.

Business management skills are sought after across the globe in every industry, so whilst the focus of the programme is on business management in sport, it by no means limits you to the sector should you wish to change careers.

Links with Industry

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.

We maintain strong links with regional sports teams including both Salford Red Devils and Manchester Storm.

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 arrange your work placement with support from the School’s dedicated Employability Hub and from your industrial placements tutor both before and during your placement.  The placement year gives you an additional 60 credits towards your final results.

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

Want to find out more about Salford Business School?  Visit www.salford.ac.uk/business-school

Facilities

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. Both sites offer state-of-the-art facilities for the Business School’s student learning community and are just minutes from Manchester city centre.

As well as being a short trip over the river to bustling Manchester, Salford Business School has fantastic transport links to the Etihad, Old Trafford, the National Cycling Centre, Sportcity and many of the city’s other stadiums and word class facilities.  

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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