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Business Management with Sport (first year taught at Tameside College)

BSc (Hons)

School - Salford Business School

Subject area - Business and Management

UCAS Code: NC26

Start Date(s): September


3 years BSc (Hons) BSc Business Management with Sport

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

In Brief:

  • Taught at Tameside College: benefit from the lower tuition cost in the first year while you get used to the demands of HE study.
  • The first year of your programme is delivered in smaller classes at Tameside College before you move to the University of Salford main campus for years two and three.
  • Benefit from the knowledge of high profile visiting speakers such as Rick Parry, the Premier League’s first chief executive
  • The University's Centre for Sports Business has an outstanding record of expertise in sports analytics, economics and finance
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity

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.

Full-time tuition fees for entry in September 2019: £5,995

These are the fees you will pay whilst studying at the college.  You will pay the standard tuition fees for the period when you are studying at the main University of Salford.

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.

"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.  As part of the module you will follow        a        series of online challenges and events to complete the iDEA award - the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (find out more at    


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.

Year 2    

After successfully completing year one, you will transfer to the University of Salford main campus for year two.  For information about what you will study during years two and three, see BSc Business Management with Sport

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
GCE A level BCC-BBC with a minimum of two A2 passes.
BTEC National Diploma DMM
International Baccalaureate Indicatively 30 points for International Baccalaureate Diploma

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.


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.


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

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

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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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