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Sport and Management

Whether it be high-performance sport at the Olympics or World Cup, or the development of sport, exercise and physical activity as part of grassroots and community initiatives, the role of management is becoming increasingly important to support these areas.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BA (Hons)

UCAS Code: CN62 BA/SPMgt

Duration: 4 years (full-time)


Why choose this course?  

  • It allows flexibility to follow personal interests.
  • It includes extensive, work-based learning.
  • It provides opportunities to gain coaching and/or industry qualifications.
  • It combines sport and management skills.

Whether it be high-performance sport at the Olympics or World Cup, or the development of sport in the community, sport, exercise and physical activity are becoming increasingly important in the modern world.  This degree prepares graduates for management careers in sports. It focuses on the skills required to manage sporting facilities, including financial, human resource, sporting expertise, marketing and service operations. The course is designed to give you an understanding of the management, social and practical skills required in the rapidly-growing sports industry.


What you study

What you study

In the early years of the course you will study social policy, ethics and the philosophy of sport, as well as the context of business and management of services, people, resources and the sporting environment.  Practical activities and work placements will enable you to contextualise theory to real-life applications, and work towards NGB or industry qualifications.

Work placements continue as a key feature of the course in the later years, and you will also be expected to undertake an extended piece of individual research.  In addition, you will be able to choose a number of optional modules, allowing you to follow personal interests in both management and sport-based areas.

You will be encouraged to critically evaluate information, and challenge ideas and concepts using scientifically-based information. You will also be encouraged to show initiative, research and construct your own knowledge, and therefore have skills which will enable you to effect change in a working environment.

For more information on the course content, download the Programme information - BA with Honours in Sport and Management

How you learn and are assessed

The course involves lectures, small group seminars, activity based practicals and private study.  You will spend around 18 hours per week attending classes and, in addition, you will be required to undertake an average of 20 hours of private study a week.  You will also be expected to undertake work placements, which will help reinforce the important link between theory and practice.

The course is assessed by a combination of examination and coursework. Some modules will involve both practical and work-based assessment. The range of skills you acquire during the course help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the component disciplines of your degree.

Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

English and Maths: 
All applicants must have passes in English and Maths/Lifeskills Maths in one of the following: National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4

 ABBB; A Level BCC; Irish Highers H2H3H3H3;  International Baccalaureate 29 Points
Essential subjects: To include a literate subject or PE
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences or Business
AHEAD - successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP - our Coming from College pages list approved SWAP courses

Advanced Higher: ABB (to include PE and Business Management)
A Level: ABB (to include PE and Business Studies)
HNC/HND - our Coming from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

Not sure if you are eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We know that some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university and that is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer. 

If you expect to receive passes in 3 Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have:

  • been in care, or
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university, or
  • live in an area, or attend a school, where not many people go to university.

We encourage you to submit an application.

International Applicants
You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not listed here.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current fees

Overseas Scholarships

Fees shown are payable annually, and may be subject to increase each year.

Additional costs
Sport students have to cover the cost of the PVG scheme in order to be able to work with children and vulnerable adults (cost £59 for a new application, £19 for renewal).  They also have to purchase Abertay branded sports kit for use in practical sessions and placements.  The cost of the basic kit is £84. All costs stated are correct at April 2016. 

Further info

Your future

There is a need for highly skilled managers who understand both the sport and management skills required within sporting facilities and sports businesses.

It is anticipated that a range of career possibilities will be available to you, including:

  • activity co-ordinator 
  • sports development officer
  • sport and leisure manager 
  • sports business manager
  • lecturer or researcher
  • management trainee 

The transferrable skills gained will also enable you to take up graduate careers in organisations such as the police force, fire service, armed forces and teaching. Employability attributes are developed through aspects of the programme such as the work placements, Personal Development Portfolios and the use of guest speakers from industry.

Want to know more?

Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081

"Sport and Management allowed me to see how my learning developed in the real world with its rich work placements, and the staff were excellent and supported every need I had during my course."

Bill Yuksel

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