UCAS code:
NFF6

Course type:
Undergraduate

BA (Hons) Sports Business Management (with Foundation Year)

Study in a professional sports club-style environment. Work with elite athletes as part of our Sports Academy. Benefit from our connections with major sports clubs and governing bodies.

Progress into your Sports Business Management degree with a foundation year. Immerse yourself in the business-side of performance sport, studying events, sponsorship, entrepreneurship and more. Tailor your studies to suit you and undertake a work placement in industry to prepare you for your career.

This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BA qualification.

The modules on this course have been informed by industry, which means you’ll develop the business skills and experience that employers are looking for. Alongside sports-related topics, you’ll study the core principles and practice of business, including finance, marketing, leadership and strategic management.

The use and importance of social media, sponsorship, brand development and project management are among some of the specialist areas you’ll cover. Your assessments will focus on your practical experience, to ensure you graduate ready to hit the ground running. You could find yourself running a graduate assessment centre on campus or pitching a new business idea in the style of Dragons’ Den.

As you progress, you can tailor your studies to suit the career path you want to take. Whether event management, entrepreneurship or business development, there is a path to suit everyone. During your second year, you’ll be able to gain real-world experience working in an area of industry that interests you. You can use this to gain professional skills and experience to set you apart from other graduates.

Our excellent industry links will lead to regular trips to strengthen your learning and understanding of the behind-the-scenes workings of major businesses. We’ll also pay for you to complete an Institute of Leadership and Management qualification, widely recognised by employers across the world.

Industry opportunities

A work placement in your second year, alongside the opportunity to undertake a sandwich year in industry, will prepare you for graduate employment.  We have great partnerships with local and national sports clubs and businesses including links with Gloucester Rugby and our own Championship rugby team. You could also  experience studying in the world’s most lucrative sports industry, the United States, as part of a new study abroad option.

This course is ideal for those who...

Have a passion for sports and business, good communication skills and the drive to succeed.

Learning and assessment

This programme comprises of different modules, which focus on specific subjects. The modular structure of the programme gives you flexibility and choice and you can attend introductory sessions for optional modules before having to finally decide which ones you wish to study. You will be assessed through a mixture of written exams, practical exams and coursework. Many of the modules will be marked based on a mixture of assessment types, whilst others will be based solely on one type of assessment.

Graduate destinations

Graduates will have the option to move into a variety of careers, either within the sporting industry or as part of the wider business industry. Career options include sports agency, marketing in business, business development, as well as sports management and administration roles. Postgraduate study and graduate management training schemes are also viable options. Recent graduate destinations have included:

  • Sports Marketing Agent, Pitch International LLP
  • Sponsorship Co-ordinator, Three Counties Showgrounds
  • Rugby Player Representative, Inside Rugby
  • Events & Hospitality Manager, Sweetspot Group Ltd
  • Travel Operations Executive, Gullivers Sports Travel
  • Commercial Manager, Sahara Force India Formula One Team

Is there a sandwich year option?

Four years full-time (five years with sandwich year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

4 Year
Duration:
4 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics. 

A Levels | Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must  include a minimum of one A Level.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate. Contact the admissions team to discuss.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Sport at Hartpury University?

Choosing Hartpury for your sport degree means studying in a unique environment that’s as close as it gets to a professional sports club with access to outstanding facilities on a 360-hectare specialist campus.

You’ll have countless opportunities to take insights from the classroom and apply them on site, working with elite athletes across Hartpury’s 10 sports academies, and to gain work and real-world experience thanks to our long-standing partnerships and network of contacts with major sports clubs, organisations and governing bodies.

Every aspect of our specialist campus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to open the door to their dream career, while providing exceptional opportunities to develop as an athlete and to enjoy a wide range of recreational sports and activities.

Our sport graduates will use their qualifications in many ways; using the experience they gain at Hartpury to move into jobs in sport coaching, teaching, performance, therapy, strength and conditioning, business and media throughout the UK and internationally.

Key information

  • Tuition Fees

    Year of entry Mode of study UK/EU International
    2019 Full-time £9,250 £13,000

    Please note that some courses have additional fees - please see the course information sheet (available above) to see specific fee information for this course.

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  • University accommodation

    At Hartpury you could choose to live on campus surrounded by Gloucestershire’s beautiful countryside or off campus in the heart of Gloucester City centre. 

    Whichever option you go for, you’ll get the best of both worlds.

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