About the course

Developed for sports professionals and elite athletes, this course gives you the option to study for a university degree alongside your career. Created in consultation with the English Institute of Sport and former international sports professionals, the course is designed to give you the professional business skills to move into the management and development side of sport. Suitable for elite athletes, coaches, development professionals, managers and support staff. All learning is online and you’ll receive plenty of support from expert teaching staff. If you haven’t studied for a while you can sign up to do just one module first, and we’ll help you learn to write in an academic style. The course is also suitable for coaches, development professionals, managers and support staff.

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

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Business and Sport Management (Online)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Business and Sport Management (Online)

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.

What our
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

Course details


This course builds on your existing sporting expertise while developing your business acumen. It can help you enter into the world of business, whether in a large corporation, sports management or 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
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Economics for Business 15 Credits Compulsory
    Initial Professional Portfolio for Business and Sport 30 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Sport Management 30 Credits Compulsory
    Accounting for Managers 15 Credits Compulsory
    Principles of Marketing 15 Credits Optional
    Global Perspectives in Business 15 Credits Optional
    Foundations of Sport Development 30 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Enhancing your Academic and Professional Portfolio 30 Credits Compulsory
    Project Planning and Control 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sport Management Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Exploring Business Ethics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Marketing Planning 15 Credits Optional
    Media and Public Relations 30 Credits Optional
    Enterprise 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Advanced Professional Experience Portfolio 30 Credits Compulsory
    Business Strategy 15 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Organisations 15 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Management in High Performance Sport 30 Credits Compulsory
    Contemporary Issues in Business and Management 15 Credits Optional
    Research Project in Sport Management 30 Credits Optional
    Global Marketing, Ethics and Culture 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    For more details of fees and funding please visit UH Online's fees page

    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:

    • 72 - 168 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 4 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]

    Find out more about International entry requirements.

    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 4 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

    The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

    View our simple steps to a successful application

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Online - Part Time, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    23/09/202131/01/2023Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
    20/01/202231/05/2023Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
    Study online
    We welcome applications from international and EU students