Sports Management BA (Hons)

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 some of 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 have the option of studying coaching and developing sport, or fitness and exercise, in the first and second years of the degree, with the third and fourth years specialising in sports management.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year 1, HNC, is 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above plus 3 Standard Grades at 3 or above, OR
  • 2 A Level at grade D or above
  • English or PE would be an advantage
  • Alternatively, the completion of an appropriate NQ or access course, OR
  • For mature student entry, requisite experience with evidence of potential to succeed
  • Advanced entry to year 2, is the HNC Coaching or Developing Sport or HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • Advanced entry to year 3 is the HND Coaching or Developing Sport, HND Fitness Health and Exercise, or DipHE Sports Management
  • It may be possible, with some additional bridging units, to access from HNC and HND Business, HNC Tourism  and HNC Events
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course

Access routes

HNC and HND Coaching and Developing Sports HNC and HND Fitness, Health and Exercise It may be possible, with some additional bridging units, to access from HNC and HND Business, HNC Tourism and HNC Events

Year 1 - HNC

Available at Inverness College UHI, Moray College UHI and Perth College UHI:

Year 3 - BA

Subjects may include:

  • Research Skills
  • Sports Science: A Critical Analysis
  • Research Project and/or
  • Work Placement IV: Specialist Skills

Options may include:

  • Critical Thinking in Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise
  • Marketing Communications
  • Understanding Visitor Behaviour
  • Work Placement III: Supervision
  • Financial Management
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Niche Tourism
  • Management Information Systems
  • Project Planning and Management
  • International and Export Marketing
  • Quality Management
  • Expedition Management and Leadership
  • Employment Law in the HRM Context

Year 2 - DipHE

Coaching and developing sport and 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:

  • Contemporary Issues
  • Principles of Coaching and Development
  • Strength and Conditioning

Options may include:

  • Essential Skills for Business and Leisure
  • Introduction to Work-based and Placement Learning
  • Contemporary Marketing
  • Understanding Adventure
  • Event Planning and Organisation
  • Work Placement I: Team Working and Communication
  • Work Placement II: Job-Shadowing
  • Management Accounting
  • Golf Course Maintenance and Design
  • Management of Business Information
  • Management of Adventure Tourism
  • Small Business Planning

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will complete a dissertation, or research and present a plan for a new business venture, and study modules in:

  • Sports Policy, Planning and Management
  • Managing Sports Development

Option modules may include:

  • Strategic Marketing
  • e-Business
  • Employee Relations and Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Corporate Responsibility in the Global Environment
  • Tourist event Management
  • Innovation and Enterprise

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures in the classroom as well as individual online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) supported by your tutors and classmates.

How long will my course last?

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

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • February (part-time study only)

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Year Level Full-time Part-time
2016-17 2016-17
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)

Rest of UK students

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

Year Level Full-time Part-time
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £1,340 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £1,340 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours free** £1,340 (per 20 credit module)

**4th (Honours) year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for previous 3 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 and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.


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:

Year Level Full-time Part-time***
    2016-17 2016-17
Year 1
HNC £6,510 £434 (per HN credit)
Year 2 DipHE £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)
Year 3 Degree £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)
Year 4 Honours £10,000 £1,680 (per 20 credit module)

***There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

What funding can I apply for?

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?

A degree in Sports Management will provide students with excellent career prospects. This award enables students to develop knowledge and skills highly valued by employers. Graduates could anticipate going on to jobs in public, private and voluntary organisations taking on such roles as:

  • Sports development officer
  • Leisure centre operative
  • Sports manager

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

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Sports Management BA (Hons)

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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