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BA (Hons) Sport Business and Management

Our BA (Hons) Sport Business and Management degree is designed to provide you with the knowledge and the understanding of some of the principal aspects of business and management in the context of sport.

You will consider the importance of sport for the welfare of individuals and groups in society and how, as a manager, you can respond effectively to their needs.

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Course Length:

3 years Full Time

Postgraduate Pathways

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include PGCE and Masters. 

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2019 UK fee: £9,250

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / EPQ / BTEC / Cambridge Technical): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points to include at least one grade C (other than General Studies) at A level.

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DMM - MMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of units at Merit

Enhanced DBS check required.

Student view

Louis Farquharson
Sport Business and Management
We did a really interesting project where we made up our own business, and had to look at the costs and profits. We had to do a lot of research about other sport businesses and how they were run. I found that really interesting.

Course content

In particular the Sport Business and Management programme aims to:

  1. Foster an enquiring and critical analysis of the structures and processes that underpin and influence the development of sport by drawing on theories, concepts and methods that are practised within the social sciences.
  2. Facilitate student competence in the process of becoming active, reflective and independent learners through providing, within a supportive learning environment, student centred teaching and learning methods.
  3. Foster an enterprising, entrepreneurial spirit and enhance the employability prospects of each student.
  4. Enable students to acquire and develop competence in key transferable skills that will enhance their opportunities for further study, life-long learning and employment.
  5. Support the strategic vision of the University by meeting the needs of local, regional, and national students and by encouraging applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds.   
  6. Provide knowledge and skills to operate effectively in sport business environments whilst aware of the moral and ethical considerations affecting management of people and services.
  7. Develop basic leadership and coaching skills such that students could assist or deliver under supervision coaching sessions to a variety of populations.

Year One

In a common first year, shared with the Sport Development and Coaching and Sport Studies degree, you will acquire a foundation in the sport business and management subjects, coaching  and sociology underpinned by practical case studies of facilities and opportunities in the local community.

Years Two & Three

In the second and third years you will develop a critical insight into the main branches of management practice as they are applied to sport business and management.

The modular scheme will enable you to customise your degree through elective modules.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite. In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.


  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Where this can take you

  • Sport Facility Manager
  • Gym Manager
  • Sport Development Officer
  • Sport Administration
  • Sports  Marketing Consultant
  • Business Development Manager
  • Sports Coach
  • Event Manager
  • Duty Manager
  • Customer Relations / Sales Manager
  • Club Development Co-Ordinator
  • Disability Development Officer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Teaching Assistant​

Work placements

All Sport Business and Management students will undertake a work placement module of 210 hours (6 weeks approx.) This typically this takes place in a sport/leisure organisation, a school or college, a sports management company or a sport/community development organisation, but we are flexible encouraging students to approach any leisure or business related organisation that is relevant to the student’s needs and career aspirations. 

Through our work placements students will develop skills which allow them to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport or business setting. Placements opportunities will provide students with a strong vocational focus.

At the conclusion of this module students should be able to; gain useful and relevant work experience, develop certain skills and competencies gained on placement, reflect critically on their performance in the workplace and assemble a portfolio of evidence to support their future career goals.

Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement coordinator is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas. Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement. Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started. Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Clare Deacon – or tel: 01243 793542

Course accreditations

All students on the degree are eligible to become 'student affiliate members' for free, during their time of study at the University.

Indicative modules


Year 1

Core Modules

  • Analysing Sport
  • Introduction to Sport Business and Management
  • Health and Physical Activity in Contemporary Society
  • Introduction to Sport and Society
  • Principles and Practice of Sport
  • Understanding Mega Sport Events 

Year 2

Core Modules

  • Researching Sport
  • Work Placement
  • Sport Policy and Commercialisation
  • Sport Marketing

Elective Modules

  • Social-Histories of Sport
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Sport and the Media
  • Critical Insight into Contemporary Sport
  • Sport and Film
  • New Media and Sport

Year 3

Core Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Sport Development: International Contexts
  • Strategic Planning for Sport
  • Sport Finance
  • Managing People in Sport Business

Elective Modules

  • Extended Dissertation
  • Consuming Fitness and Lifestyle
  • Sport Subcultures
  • Community Engagement in Sport
  • Social-Histories of Football
  • Advanced Coaching Psychology 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

We are committed to learning and teaching. Our team of principal lecturers ensure the techniques and technology used at Chichester position us as a leading authority in this critical part of your education.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Independent Learning

Central learning facilities are available to complement and support the learning activities you will experience in your taught modules, and will help to foster your confidence in learning independently and managing and presenting information – skills that will be of lasting benefit beyond your time at the University.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

DBS Costs

Students are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check. This currently costs £52.20.