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St Mary's University

Sports Management (with a Placement Year) BA (Hons)

Start date

September

UCAS code

N705

Duration

4 years

UCAS points

104 - 96

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 10 for Student ExperienceThe Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023: Top 5 for Teaching Quality

Make the sport industry tick with our London-based Sports Management degree

Impact a growing global market with our hands-on Sports Management degree. You’ll boost your employability while covering key areas of sport business like:

  • marketing
  • finance
  • leadership.

You can then specialise in:

  • sports event management
  • sports sponsorship and promotions
  • applied sports management
  • global perspectives on the sports industry.

Learn in the capital

You’ll study in London – the heart of world sport. We have close relationships within the sports industry, so you’ll:

  • volunteer at major events
  • visit iconic venues.

Dual accreditation

During your sports management course, you can complete specific modules to achieve a Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership awarded by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) (subject to CMI moderation).

A supportive environment

Our academics are committed to your personal and professional growth. Our student, Aikaterini, tells us they were “always encouraged and fully supported”.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023) placed us in the UK’s top 5 for teaching quality.

Work placements: build professional experience

You will complete a work placement to build your skills and network. You can work with:

  • professional clubs
  • agencies
  • fitness centres.

About the Placement Year

A placement year enables you to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between your second and final year.

It will enable you to:

  • apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
  • build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in
  • develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
  • get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job.

Support from St Mary’s every step of the way

Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and Careers Teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities.

Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the three year version of your degree programme.

Charles Little

Senior Lecturer

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Course content

Modules

This programme combines a general understanding of business and management with thorough coverage of key areas in sports business. From finance and marketing, through to strategy and social responsibility, you will move to focus on more specialist subject areas, including sports event management, sports journalism, high performance personnel management and sports law.

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Applied Sports Management

Entry requirements

72 UCAS points should include at least a B and C grade at A Level (or equivalent).

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

104 - 96

GCSE

A GCSE grade 4/C in English and Maths, or an equivalent qualification, is also required.

We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

UCAS Personal statement support

Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Home

£9,250

International

£16,320

1100 during placement year)

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Scholarships

Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 50%

Independent study - 50%

*Contact time includes 32% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

We utilise a wide range of teaching methods. As well as highly interactive lectures, designed to develop a detailed understanding of key subject areas, you’ll receive presentations from top management professionals and practitioners within the sports industry.

Following lectures, you will attend seminars that will deepen your understanding of the skills needed to be an effective manager. Individual tutorials offer one-to-one support from lecturers.

These approaches are supplemented by an online virtual learning environment where you can find additional learning material.

Sports Management classes range from 20 to 50 students in size. The modules shared with Business Management in year one can have around 150 students in lectures. Seminar groups for all modules have around 25 students in each.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods will test your knowledge, understanding and skills development throughout the degree.

The programme uses a broad range of assessments including business reports, essays, practical exercises, presentations, case studies, examinations, assessed blogs, seminar and simulation exercises.

Wherever possible, you will be assessed using digital methods and online feedback.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

Our Sports Management degree will help you develop essential transferrable skills, such as communication, critical thinking, and teamwork.

Contact our Career Services at careersnetwork@stmarys.ac.uk for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of undefined include:

professional sports teams and leaguesthe sports marketing and sponsorship sectorthe management of sporting eventsmanagement of health and fitness centresSport for Development

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