BSc (Hons) Business and Sport Management (Online)

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About the course


This 100% online programme is developed exclusively for sports professionals and high performance athletes offering the opportunity to study for a BSc (Hons) degree alongside your career.

Suitable for elite athletes, coaches, development professionals, managers and support staff. We worked in consultation with the English Institute of Sport and former international sports professionals to develop an undergraduate degree specifically with you in mind. You will develop your Business and Sport Management knowledge while honing key professional skills.

For more information about how to apply, funding and how online study works, please visit UH Online.

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Why choose this course?

Study on your terms

This 100% online course gives you that flexibility to fit study around training and competition schedules, with no need to attend on campus. You will not be tied down to attend classes at set times, it is up to you when you study, which is typically 10-15 hours a week per 30 credit module. 

There are a few things that are set of course: modules have a set start and end date, assessment is through coursework which will have set deadlines and may include scheduled online tests. Online tests have a fixed a 24-hour time slot which is normally assigned for each online test to be taken.

Fast track - complete your degree sooner

Credit is available for professional sporting experience and existing education giving you the opportunity to fast track and complete the degree as quickly as two and a half years.

It's a process called APCL/APEL (accreditation of prior certificated / experiential learning) where you can do a piece of reflective work to show how your professional or academic experience meets the learning outcomes of a module. Contact us to find out more.

Help is at hand

The BSc(Hons) Business and Sports Management (online) is taught by University of Hertfordshire tutors, who you can contact if you need to. 

Haven't studied for a while? The first module on the course is an introduction to helping you succeed in higher education. It teaches you how to write academically, how to reference and encourages your critical thinking skills.

Try a module first

If you're not sure if you would like to commit to a whole degree, you can sign up to study just one module first. This gives you a taste of distance learning and fitting study around your professional schedule.

Find out more about this course on the UH Online website.

Business and Sport Management Launch Video                                                                                                                                                                     

Watch our official launch video for BSc Business and Sport Management (online), presented by Olympic skater and UH Online student Jon Eley and Chief Executive for UK Sport Liz Nicholl OBE.

What our
students say

What our<br>students say

Studying on this course is a positive experience, as it allows me to concentrate on my rugby career at the same time.

-Billy Vunipola, UH Online student and England Rugby Player


This course builds on your existing sporting expertise whilst developing your business acumen. It can help you as a sports professional enter into the world of business, from working in a large corporation or going into sports management to setting up your own company.

Teaching methods

This course is delivered 100% online. Find out more about how online study works.

Course length

  • Part-time, 4 years


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Accounting for Business - 15 Credits
  • Economics for Business - 15 Credits
  • Initial Professional Portfolio for Business and Sport - 30 Credits
  • Principles of Sport Management - 30 Credits


  • Principles of Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Global Perspectives in Business - 15 Credits
  • Foundations of Sport Development - 30 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Enhancing your Academic and Professional Portfolio - 30 Credits
  • Project Planning and Control - 15 Credits
  • Sport Management Practice - 30 Credits
  • Exploring Business Ethics - 15 Credits


  • Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Marketing Planning - 15 Credits
  • Media and Public Relations - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Advanced Professional Experience Portfolio - 30 Credits
  • Business Strategy - 15 Credits
  • Leadership and Organisations - 15 Credits
  • Leadership and Management in High Performance Sport - 30 Credits


  • Global Marketing, Ethics and Culture - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Business and Management - 15 Credits
  • Research Project in Sport Management - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Part time
  • £680 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Part time
  • £680 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Entry requirements...

The programme is designed for individuals who have experience of high performance sport as either a sports professional or as an athlete who wish to study a Business and Sport Management programme delivered solely online.

The normal entry requirements for the programme are:

  • 96-112 UCAS points from a minimum of two GCE/VCE A levels or one VCE Double Award, or equivalent qualifications to be assessed by the Admissions Tutor, PLUS
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications. However, we wish to encourage applications from non-traditional students who may have missed the opportunity to undertake a first degree but who nonetheless can demonstrate potential to work at undergraduate level. Accordingly, since it is currently possible under University Regulations to study individual modules, we propose the following entry route is offered to those applicants with relevant experience and/or some level 3 or equivalent qualifications, but who do not meet the standard entry requirements. An individual who takes and passes 4WBS0005 the Initial Professional Portfolio for Business and Sport module (at first attempt at 40%) may then apply to the programme and permitted entry to the programme (carrying the credit achieved), as long as they also have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent). This is a programme-specific regulation.
  • Access to computer equipment with the following minimum specification -


  • Proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
  • GCSE English language grade A-C. NB – Required GCSE grade is 4 for where exams are taken from 2017 onwards.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0* or equivalent (Inc. TOEFL 550 PBT (213 CBT, 79 IBT) will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English Language at grade C. [*IELTS at no lower than 5.5 in every band]

Supporting documents required

  • Copies of your educational certificates (including results achieved for each subject) for examinations taken since the age of 16
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent - you should have a score of 6.0 overall if presenting an IELTS test)
  • Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • A substantial personal statement about why you want to study this programme, what you hope to gain from the course and where you see your future development taking your career.
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • 1 academic or professional reference

View our simple steps to a successful application

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How to apply


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25/09/201812/01/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
15/01/201918/05/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))


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25/09/201912/01/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
15/01/202018/05/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))