BA (Hons) Sports Management with Foundation Year

The BA (Hons) Sports Management with Foundation Year is a practical degree that will prepare you academically and professionally to hit the ground running.


The BA (Hons) Sports Management (with a Foundation Year) delivered in partnership with St Mary’s University offers you the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful manager within the sports business, in a large or small company; in the private, public or third sectors; at home or abroad.

All teaching and learning are delivered via flexible timetables where you can fit your studies around your life- with study flexible times including evenings and weekends. You will be assessed through a range of assessments including business reports, essays, practical exercises, presentations, case studies, examinations, assessed blogs, seminar, and simulation exercises.

Why should I study the BA (Hons) Physical Education, Sport, and Youth Development (with a Foundation Year)?

The foundation year allows you to develop your study skills including thinking critically, creatively, and ethically. Academic writing and personal and professional development will also start you off in the best possible way for your degree.

Sports Management degree is particularly attractive to employers in the sports and leisure industries, both in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Studying this degree programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills required to successfully embark on a career in a wide range of roles and functions.

A distinctive feature of the Sports Management programme at St Mary’s is that you will undertake a work placement as part of your degree, allowing you to combine academic theory within a practical working environment. Your placement will provide you with new skills, expertise and networks that can help to enhance your career opportunities within the sports industry. You will organise your placement with the help of the Workplace Learning Team and can choose to do it in a location that suits you.


Foundation Year

  • Personal Learning Competencies (Core)
  • Taking a Professional Approach (Core)
  • London: A Global City (Core)
  • Fundamentals of Business Management (Core)
  • Thinking Critically, Creatively and Ethically (Core)
  • Individual Study (Core)

Year 1

  • Contemporary Marketing Practice (Core)
  • Introduction to Management (Core)
  • Sport, Culture and History (Core)
  • Introduction to the Sports and Leisure Industries (Core)
  • Financial Management (Core)
  • Human Resource Management in Sport (Core)

Year 2

  • Fundamentals of Accounting (Core)
  • Research Methods in Sport (Core)
  • Experience and Employment in Sport (Core)
  • Sports Journalism and Media Relations (Optional)
  • Sports and the Law (Optional)
  • Starting a Business Venture (Optional)
  • Marketing Strategy and Implementation (Optional)
  • Managing Sports Events (Optional)
  • Investigation in Employment Practice (Optional)
  • Behavioural Economics (Optional)

Year 3

  • Independent Project in Sport (Core)
  • Independent Study (Core)
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport Management (Optional)
  • Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility (Optional)
  • Digital Business (Optional)
  • Sports Sponsorship and Promotions (Optional)
  • Global Perspectives on the Sports Industry (Optional)
  • Managing in the Workplace (Optional)
  • Sports Marketing Campaign (Optional)
  • International Strategic Management (Optional)
  • Management Consultancy Project (Optional)
  • Social Enterprise (Optional)
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing (Optional)
  • Marketing Consultancy Project (Optional)

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements:

  • 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Maths grade C/4 and English grade C/4
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) for any applicants whose first language is not English.

 Non-standard applicant requirements:

Access qualifications:

  • 45 credits on your Access Course
  • IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) for any applicants whose first language is not English.

Alternative assessment:

For mature students (those over 21 years old), or those requiring an alternative kind of assessment:

  • You must take part in an academic interview to demonstrate your non-academic achievements, such as work experience.
  • IELTS score of 5.0 (no grade below 4.5)

How to Apply

Each of our courses has different entry requirements and a different admission process. We encourage you to look at our course pages and the How to apply section for detailed information.

From choosing your desired course, writing your statement, and submitting the application, you can count on our friendly Recruitment Team for help and guidance at every step of the way. Get in touch to make an initial appointment to discuss your situation.


September 2022

January 2023

April 2023

June 2023


Weekday / Weekend /Evening Classes


4 years


£9,250 per year (Home fee)


RQF Level 3-6


Course work and written exam plus Formative Assessment (FAS)

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