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BSc (Hons) Sport Management

Sport Management - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​​​UCAS Code: CN62 

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.


Course Overview

​The Sport Management Degree will enable you to develop the critical understanding, professional knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to take up a managerial position in the fast expanding sport industry. 

You will be given the opportunity to challenge your preconceptions and establish guiding principles of what it means to be a manager in the industry today. Notions such as best practice, benchmarking and personal professional development in an industrial context will be investigated and examined. You will be challenged to question the meaning and purpose of sport in contemporary society.

The programme will provide you with a well-defined, contemporary foundation on which you can build your career, whether that be ​in the sport industry or another industrial sector.​

Course information on this page relates to September 2018 entry.​

​Course Content​

The modules will allow you to reflect on sport management as an activity, the impact of that activity and the underlying business principles that help to sustain and develop the sport industry. There is a focus on entrepreneurship and strategic thinking, with potential for you to define and develop ideas for sport related products and services. 

You will be challenged to understand the operational issues that effect sport organisations and the legislative framework within which sport organisations exist. As part of this process you will discover the similarities and differences between commercial and public sector sport interventions and you will be able to develop your understanding of different industrial contexts. You will investigate management theory and practice and evaluate it in a sport industry setting. 

You will also engage with practical sport as a core component of your studies, reflecting on coaching principles and techniques (communication, planning, motivation, health & safety etc.) that are directly transferable to other aspects of a manager's role.​

Year One:


  • ​Introduction to the Research Process*
  • Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice 
  • Understanding Sport Management
  • Finance for Sport Managers

Options - choose two from:

  • Introduction to Physical Activity and Behaviour Change
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education*
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science*
  • Sport Performance Analysis​
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching/PE*
  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • Introduction to Sport and Event Tourism

Year Two:


  • Research Process *
  • Applied Sport Management
  • Sport Marketing and Entrepreneurship
  • Contemporary People Management

Options - choose two from: 

  • Sport Development in Practice
  • Sport and Event Tourism
  • Industrial Qualification
  • Financial Planning for Business
  • Ethics in Sport
  • Sociological Theory of Sport, Exercise & Health*
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Biomechanics of Sport & Exercise
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Sport Coaching/PE*
  • Work Experience
  • Problem based learning through Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Applied Principles and Techniques (Choose two: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Outdoor Adventurous Activities (counts as two), Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Water Polo)

Year Three:


  • Independent Project or Enterprise Project*
  • Commercial Approaches to Sport
  • Strategic Management and Change

Option Modules – choose two from:

  • Marketing and Event Management
  • Ethical Issues in Sport*
  • Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture*
  • Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology for Health*
  • Advanced Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Work Experience*
  • Managing High Performance Sport
  • Sport in Context
  • Problem-based Learning through Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Sport Performance Analysis
  • Corporate Finance

* Module also available through medium of Welsh.

Learning & Teaching

Learning, teaching and assessment methods have been selected to ensure the educational aims and the learning outcomes of modules and the programme are achieved.

The learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials and staff and students are expected to support these sessions via a Virtual Learning Environment. Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, which are developed through a range other learning and teaching methods such as seminar, tutorials, workshops to enhance the student experience and engagement. Students are also able to meet tutors or any other members of staff on a one to one basis. As a school, we are keen to implement the principal aim of Cardiff Metropolitan University's Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy: To provide student-cantered learning opportunities that deliver a quality and flexible learning environment. Improving personalised support and access to academic staff. 

These selected methods emphasise and facilitate students' critical development, and cohere around the integration of practice and theory. Through the programme, students will normally experience both tutor-led learning and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning.

Through the teaching and learning methods and the embedding of 'EDGE' (enabling the development of graduate employability) students will be equipped with, develop and be able to demonstrate graduate attributes as defined by Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff School of Sport.  We aim to help them to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars. The teaching and learning has been designed so that from induction to graduation, students will encounter a learning experience that is coherent and develops their identity within their programme of study. A principal concept of this programme is to enable students to apply theory to practice.


The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is used for that area of study. Modes of assessment are designed to reflect that students have fulfilled the learning outcomes of the programme of study, or part of a programme, and have achieved the standard required to progress to the next stage or to qualify for an award (as articulated by the FHEQ and CQFW). Assessments support the student learning experience and provide opportunities for students to engage in formative and summative assessments to test knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. The undergraduate modules are assessed primarily by a combination of varying types of assessments (e.g., written coursework, poster presentations, oral presentations, portfolios, seen and unseen exams, practical skills assessments) that are designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills. Students who wish to obtain an honours degree award will be expected to produce a dissertation of between 8,000 to 12,000 words in the final year.

Employability & Careers

On graduation you will be able to follow a career in sport facilities management, health and fitness management, sport management consultancy, teaching and lecturing, sports event management, sports development and in local authority sports departments. In addition, as a graduate you can follow management careers in other industry sectors, join the armed or uniformed forces, or set up their own business. The flexibility of the programme is one of its key strengths allowing you to  direct your study to prepare yourself for your chosen career path, particularly during the final year of the programme. As well as these employment options you will be able to undertake postgraduate study including PGCE, MSc and MA.

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Maths* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 112 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A Levels: 112 points to include grades BB. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended: DDM to overall in a relevant subject
  • VTCT Extended Diploma in Sports Studies with DDM overall
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 112 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)​
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 112 points with grades CC
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits with Merit
  • Applicants should preferably ha​ve a strong sporting profile

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Applicants are normally made an offer based on the details above. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels (or equivalent) or are not predicted to meet the standard tariff offer above, applications will be considered based on the strength of the whole academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements​.  Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Sport Applicant Days:
Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers. 

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at:

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Support Team:

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