September 2022


Sport Management BA (Hons)

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2022

Key Details

  • C618 Course Code
  • 3-4.5* Years
  • 96 Typical UCAS Tariff


This course will run from September 2022 subject to a successful validation. Validation is a standard academic process that ensures the content of a course is up to date with current research and academic thinking and also relevant to the requirements of the potential employment market place.

BA (Hons) Sport Management offers a contemporary and industry-leading curriculum fit for the modern sport graduate. We have carefully developed the programme with your future career prospects in the sports industry in mind. It has two main strands that run across each year of the degree: the ‘sport development’ strand features aspects of sport sociology, sport policy, sport strategy and sport events management, while the ‘sport business’ strand introduces students to aspects of sports management, finance, corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship and marketing, amongst other things.

It is a fantastic option for you if you aspire to work in sport in administrative, governance or business capacities, or if you want to learn more about the many possibilities the sport industry holds for you beyond roles as a PE teacher or sport coach.

We teach the course in dedicated facilities on one campus. The human performance lab, indoor sports hall, strength & conditioning suite, aerobic conditioning suite, group exercise studio, full size outdoor 3G pitch, dedicated seminar rooms and staff offices are all within a 100-yard radius of each other.

Why study this course?

  • This course will provide you with opportunities to develop your professional and vocational skills relevant for a variety of management jobs across the sports industry.
  • Newman University is a full partner of The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
  • The modules will provide you with the experience and knowledge needed to enable you to take up a variety of roles in the growing area of sports management. The modules include for example Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Sports Industry, Events Management for Sport Development and Sport in Society.
  • You will be taught and assessed in a variety of ways and will also have the opportunity to take up work-related opportunities with local sporting partners, businesses and enterprises.
  • The national media regularly ask members of the course team for expert commentary on sport related issues, members also present at international conferences and publish research in international journals.

What does the course cover?

The course will deepen your knowledge and understanding of many aspects of the entire sports industry. You will explore the many factors that influence participation/performance in physical activity, exercise and sport at all levels, from beginners to elite athletes. You will develop an understanding of both scientific and socially scientific subjects that underpin the study of sports in a range of themed modules, including sport management and sport development: for example, Introduction to the Structure and Development of (UK) Sport and Global Business Environment for Sport.

In your second year of study, you will focus specifically on aspects of sport development and sport management: for example, Sport, Development and Policy; Sport in Society; Quantitative Research Methods; Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Sports Industry; Principles of Sport Management and Operations. You will also do work-related learning, which will help enhance your skill set and broaden your CV, which will be very useful when attempting to secure future employment.

In your third year of study, you will apply your knowledge and skills of practical sport management and business contexts, though for example, modules which address events management for sports development. In your final year you will also be able to choose either a traditional academic dissertation or a work-based learning research project with a sport industry partner.

How will I be assessed?

Our assessment strategy is designed to help you demonstrate your learning.  Assessment is by a combination of presentations, assessed coursework (e.g. essays or portfolios), written examinations and practical tests, including live events and video making.

What careers could I consider?

This course develops a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide range of work situations both in the sports industry and beyond.

You could consider career destinations including, for example, roles within professional sports clubs, professional football clubs, digital sport media management, major sport clothing brands, sport recruitment firms, professional athlete management, governing bodies of sports, local authorities, leisure centres, charities, universities, and further study.


Newman University is proud to be the first West Midlands partner of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) a professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA works with over 300 partners across the sport and physical activity sector, meaning students can be assured they are working with a university that is contributing, not only to teaching sport but, to developing the professional standards for the industry. We are currently working towards full accreditation of course, thus eventually our courses will be recognised by CIMSPA as equipping students with the skills that employers are looking for.

Hear Stefan Lawrence, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Health, talk in more detail about Newman University’s partnership with CIMSPA.


The Sport and Health team at Newman University pride themselves on their ongoing involvement in sport, health and physical education research. Staff are actively contributing in the following four areas of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) —Physical Activity and Health, Sport Performance, Mental Skills Training and Sport in Society. The team regularly publishes their research in industry journals, and present at international sport, health and physical education conferences. Our ‘Meet The Sport Team’ page details the specific areas of research that the team have been, or currently are involved in.

As a student at Newman, you will be taught by research-active staff, who are actively contributing to the latest developments across a wide-range of disciplines within the sport and health industry and the physical education sector. Staff bring the latest knowledge and expertise to the classroom, laboratory and sports field, enhancing your learning experience. At Newman you get the benefit of our staff’s cutting-edge knowledge combined with a focus on your needs, in a student-centred University where you are our priority. Our staff expertise, and their links with external agencies will maximise your University experience and hopefully provide you with opportunities as you consider your career paths for the future.

We encourage our students to proactively explore research during their studies. As a science-based discipline, you will be conducting research throughout a range of modules under the supervision of expert staff. For those that feel inspired, further opportunities are available to continue research at Newman to a post graduate level within MRes in Human Sciences or MPhil, or at Doctoral level (PhD).

Studying and living in Birmingham

Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).


Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!


Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

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Entry Requirements

You must achieve at least 96 UCAS points including a minimum of CC at A level or equivalent (e.g.MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.

Access Students can achieve the requirements with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/ or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 96 UCAS Points: D21-M3-P21; D18-M9-P18; D15-M15-P15; D12-M21-P12; D9-M27-P9; D6-M33-P6; D3-M39-P3; D0-M45-P0.

Five GCSEs at grade 4 (or C) or above (or recognised equivalents), including English Language and Mathematics are also required.

International Students
The University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

The Direct Application Link for September 2022 will be added soon.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK students: £9,250 *

* Fees shown are for 2021/22 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, on enrolment and in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Please note that the course fee for September 2022 will be confirmed later this year, and will be updated on the course page in due course.

Additional Costs

Optional cost of a Newman Sports branded T-shirt between approximately £25.00 and £55.00 – there is no requirement to purchase this.

Reduced CIMSPA Membership of £5 per year – there is no requirement to purchase this.

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees.