Sports Management BA (Hons)

UCAS code C6N2

What is special about this course?

The BA (Hons) Sports Management degree is designed for those seeking a broad-based management qualification that will introduce you to all aspects of today's modern sporting business. This course will equip you with the skills you will need for a career in sports management, including marketing, human resources, business law and IT.

Special features

  • A key highlight is the project work you will undertake where you investigate real life situations, which enables you to put what you have learned into practice.
  • You will apply to study either HNC/D Coaching and Developing Sport, or HNC/D Fitness, Health and Exercise, for the first and second years of the degree; completion of these will enable direct entry to year 2 or 3 of the degree (depending on the level of the qualification)
  • Small classes give you a more personal experience of university
  • The programme offers flexibility so that you can choose to develop specific knowledge and expertise in key business areas, such as: marketing; enterprise; human resources management; and IT

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year 1, HNC, is 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above PLUS 3 standard grades at C or above; OR
  • 2 A Levels at grade D or above; these should include English plus a science subject or Mathematics
  • Alternatively, the completion of a relevant sports-related National Certficate at SCQF level 6 or above
  • For mature student entry, requisite experience with evidence of potential to succeed
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, appropriate industry related experience will be taken into consideration
  • It may be possible, with some additional bridging units, to access from HNC and HND Business, HNC Tourism  and HNC Events
  • This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage

Advanced Entry

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

Alternatively:

  • NQ Sport and recreation
  • NQ Sport and Fitness
  • NQ Outdoor Adventure

For International students requiring Student Route sponsorship
Please note that international students with a Student Route visa can only take part in sports activities or as part of a work placement, as an amateur and not as a professional or semi-professional. You will not be allowed to become a member of a professional sports association while a student. This is due to ‘professional sportsperson’ restrictions imposed by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as outlined in their Student Route Policy Guidance.

Year 1 - HNC

Both the HNC Sports Coaching and Development and the HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise are available at Inverness College UHI, Moray College UHI and Perth College UHI. The HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise is also available at Argyll College UHI:

Year 2 - DipHE

Both the HND Coaching and Developing Sport and the HND Fitness, Health and Exercise routes are available at Inverness College UHI, Moray College UHI and Perth College UHI:

The DipHE Sports Management is available at other locations.

Subjects in the DipHE include:

  • Applied coaching and leadership
  • Event planning and organisation
  • The contemporary workplace

Optional modules may include:

  • Economics for business
  • Introduction to business
  • Introduction to human resource management
  • Management accounting
  • Management of business information
  • Marketing fundamentals
  • Work placement: team working and communication

Year 3 - BA

Modules may include:

  • Developing entrepreneurial effectiveness
  • Research skills
  • The professional practitioner: ethics, policy and practice

Options may include:

  • Critical thinking in management
  • Collaborating in the digital economy
  • Employment law in the HRM context
  • Marketing communications
  • Niche tourism
  • Project planning and management
  • Small business planning
  • Sports science: a critical analysis
  • Work placement: specialist skills

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation and study modules in:

  • Delivering physical activity and sports development programmes
  • Sports policy, planning and management

Option modules may include:

  • Business strategy
  • e-Business
  • Employee relations
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Major event analysis
  • Physical activity for all
  • Work placement: professional practice

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be considered.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • For the taught element of the course, you will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE). Practical teaching is undertaken in schools

How long will my course last?


  •  Full-time: 4 years
  •  Part-time: 8 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI - entry at DipHE (second year) only
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI - entry at DipHE (second year) only
  • Orkney College UHI - entry at DipHE (second year) only
  • Perth College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI - entry at DipHE (second year) only

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £1,285 £86 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £1,820 £215 (per 20 credit module)

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,915 £461 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours Free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £6,720 £448 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £1,500 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours Free £1,500 (per 20 credit module)

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship for 2nd and 3rd year, with the 4th year of study free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Year Level 2021-22 Full-time With scholarship
Year 1 HNC £7,230  
Year 2 DipHE £12,360 £9,360
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £9,360
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study on the UK.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2021-22 Full-time2021-22 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,230 £482 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,360 £2,060 (per 20 credit module)
YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2020-21 Part-time
Year 1 HNC £7,020 £468(per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £12,000 £2,000 (per 20 credit module)

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award, including where students are following a recognised ‘top-up’ degree structure where the first year is made up of an HNC award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Sports Management will provide you with excellent career prospects. This award enables you to develop knowledge and skills highly valued by employers, leading to roles in public, private and voluntary organisations such as:

  • Sports development officer
  • Leisure centre operative
  • Sports manager

You will also have the potential to become local entrepreneurs with business start-ups in the sport and fitness sectors.

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