Develop skills in managing sports events, facilities and people, as well as capitalising on business opportunities in this dynamic industry. Gain experience through professional placements. Students have recently worked for Ironman UK, Gloucestershire FA, Mark Johnston Racing, Gullivers Sports Travel as well as for sports businesses in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
The commercial sports sector is fast-moving. This course reflects its diversity, focusing on developing your skills for employability. Your first year will introduce you to the fundamentals of sports business as well as community sports provision. Learn why sport is so important to people and examine the policies and protocols that govern the industry.
In your second and final years you’ll deepen your commercial knowledge. Gain experience on a professional placement as well as managing real-life sports events. Choose modules to match your interests and career goals. You could choose to study topics such as sports-tour management, community sport partnerships, digital media and sport, or event design and production.
You’ll gain industry insights on field trips with recent excursions including sporting venues such as Cheltenham Racecourse (home to the Cheltenham Festival, our yearly horse-racing event that welcomes around 250,000 visitors each year), Gloucester Rugby Club, the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and St Pierre Marriot Hotel and Country Club, among Europe's premier golfing venues.
You’ll also build your industry understanding through sports practitioners in lectures with recent guests including professionals from The Football People, Cricket South Africa, Severn Stars Professional Netball Team, Gloucester Rugby and Aspire Sport and Cultural Trust.
Students starting in September 2019 will have the option to undertake an international field trip at no additional cost.
3 year fast-track placement
4 year sandwich placement
Develop your critical and creative thinking in interactive lectures and seminars. You will take part in discussion-based tasks such as analysing case studies, or applying recently learned theory to real-world projects.
Tariff information for 2019 entry
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Management careers for:
- Sports venues or facilities
- Sports marketing agencies
- Professional sports clubs
- Sports events companies
- Local authorities sports development
- Sport and leisure resorts
This course really does give you the best of both worlds, combining a shared love of sport with relevant business management topics. You have such a wide option of modules to choose from that you can steer your career path in any direction. I have been able to take what I have learnt in the classroom into a professional environment whilst on placement with IRONMAN as their Branding Manager for the UK and Ireland. My placement gave me invaluable industrial experience and was my first taste of a career that I can envisage myself in for many years.
"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate
12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)
Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.
If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.
On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting email@example.com.
You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate a step ahead with sports industry placements
Students have undertaken year-long placements with Exeter City Football Club, Paragon Events in London, Active Connections, Play Gloucestershire, Malvern District Council and UNIversal Sport. These are essential for preparing you for a successful career.
Take part in field trips to sporting venues
During a tour to Cheltenham Racecourse this year, students met with the regional director of the Jockey Club to learn about why diversification of activities, such as branching out to run music and comedy events, is essential for a venue's sustainability.
Networking opportunities with sports businesses
With Gloucestershire's business 'Growth Hub' situated at our Oxstalls campus, you'll have the contacts and support you need to grow your ideas into a business venture. Conferences, business breakfasts and skills workshops provide opportunities to meet high profile sportspeople such as Sir Steve Redgrave.