Undergraduate course

Sports Management BA (Hons)

Sports Management is an opportunity to develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge to be effective in a management role, while also learning about a critical sector in the UK economy.

Sport has become one of the world’s most lucrative and high profile business sectors. This programme offers you the chance to develop an awareness of sport and the impact it plays on society while developing the management skills to work in a range of settings.

  • Available in Clearing
  • UCAS Code – N880 | With placement year N881
  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 4 years with placement year
  • Start date – September 2019
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2019-20 £9,250 per year

    International 2019-20 £12,750 per year

York Business School

Course overview

Studying Sports Management BA (Hons) at York St John University is an opportunity to develop an understanding of the skills and knowledge to be effective in a management role, whilst also learning about a critical sector of the UK economy. Sport has a massive impact on both the individual and on society and as such plays an important role in everyday life.

 

Throughout the course you will develop attributes and work with individuals to harness skills which are required in the workplace.  You will be introduced to the wide spectrum of roles which are covered by the sports industry and develop specialist managerial knowledge which you will be able to demonstrate upon graduation.

The course makes use of case study material and project work which enables you to engage with sports management as a discipline and as a practical business process.

Alan Johnston
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Preparing for Business: This module will give a broad awareness of the fundamentals in business from a financial, economic, marketing and organisational perspective. The skills learned can be applied to any business organisation but learning for this module will be likely to give greater emphasis to a small business environment with the aim to make the interdependencies of the above areas more apparent. The fundamentals will be delivered in the lecture with the aim of giving all learners a basic awareness of the various disciplines and the associated issues that may arise.

Responsible Business: This module examines the nature of business enterprise and its relationship with wider society, seeking answers to the question: what does it mean for businesses to behave responsibly? There is an ongoing debate regarding this question, with answers ranging from ‘just maximize shareholder value’ to ‘consider everyone who is affected, including unborn future generations’, with many variations in between. In this ongoing debate we encounter ideas regarding, for example, stakeholder theory, the triple bottom line, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, the role of the state or of supra-national organizations, and so on. This module aligns well with the mission of the PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education) (PRME) initiative to inspire and champion responsible management education. The challenge in this module of applying ideas from a complex ongoing debate to contemporary business and societal issues will support students in the development of both academic and employability skills.

Organisational Behaviour: This module is designed to develop students’ knowledge, awareness and understanding of one of the most challenging focuses facing organisations today - the role, relations and relevance of people in the workplace. The purpose of this module is to examine and critically assess a number of key concepts and issues associated with behaviour in organisations. It is designed to develop students’ understanding of the key characteristics of work organisation, the context of organisational behaviour, and how a number of different organisational variables affect individual and organisational performance. Organisational Behaviour is interdisciplinary in its approach. During the module students will have the opportunity to apply different theoretical and disciplinary perspectives to understanding how the themes and tensions of OB relate to managers and workers, as well as society and culture more widely.

Ventures in Entrepreneurship: The aim of this module is to expose students to the exciting, challenging and increasingly complex work of entrepreneurship and business ‘start-ups’. Students will gain hands-on experience of planning, implementing and running their own business through the business simulation software SimVenture Evolution. This will give a sense of the challenges inherent in starting up and running a new enterprise. Students will also develop a critical understanding of contemporary discourses surrounding ‘entrepreneurs’ and ‘entrepreneurship’ as they are found in the wider culture and society at large.

Fundamental Sociological Issues in Sport, Culture and Society: As future practitioners in a range of sports-related fields, it is important for all students to understand the increasingly complex and diverse nature of modern society. This module will introduce students to a range of social issues in sport from a sociological perspective. The School of Sport at YSJU has articulated their position via a ‘School of Thought’ that emphasises social justice, the right to play, putting the performer before the performance, a focus on the healthy athlete, stressing participation over consumerism, intellectual generosity and holding to account those who seek elitism rather than sporting excellence. Emerging from this ‘School of Thought’, Students will examine increasing tendencies amongst different groups to strive for greater equity, diversity and inclusion within contemporary sport and society. Through the adoption of a sociological perspective, students will be encouraged to develop a more critical and detached understanding of long-term power-struggles surrounding issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in sport. Recognising the increasing importance of ‘social justice’ in relation to issues such as gender, sexuality, social class, ethnicity, age and disability is integral to the future working lives and ‘scope of practice’ of all sport undergraduate students.

Optional modules:

Introduction to Hospitality and Events: The aim of this module is to introduce you to the key sectors of hospitality and events and the value of them to the economy.  You will develop an understanding of key terminology of hospitality and events and develop an awareness of how the determinants of demand has changed. A key element of the module will be to understand the key element of consumer behaviour in why people make choices.

Managing Employee Performance: The module introduces the students to how organisations can drive sustained performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO).  It aims to introduce students to the key concepts and theories underlying Performance Management and how these relate to individual employee performance.  It will consider performance as a systematic and continuous process for enhancing organisational performance by developing the performance of individual and teams, taking account of different organisational contexts and environments.

Language module

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.

Level 2

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Management and Leadership: This module provides students with a broad understanding of the key concepts and principles of management and leadership. It considers the differences between management and leadership, through the development of theories and models, and the impact on organisations of different approaches. The module also allows students to analyse their own management and leadership skills and devise a personal plan which will allow them to develop these further.

Managing Finance: This module is built around key decisions that managers must make on a day to day basis; what to produce, how and how much, at what price, how to best use the resources available.  The focus is on costs; understanding costs, cost behaviour, and using this information for planning and control decisions.  The control aspect concerns the monitoring of results; making sure that all is going according to plan.  This information and knowledge is applicable to all sorts of organisations; non-profit, retail, wholesale, manufacturing.

Sport, Development and Society: The grounding for this module is built around the concept of social justice, a principle philosophy guiding the School of Sport at YSJU. The purpose of this module is to engage students with various sociological perspectives that they can then apply to sport in society. In doing so, the aim of this module is to enable students to consider a range of the social issues in sport. Through this engagement, students will be introduced to elements of social inclusion and social exclusion, at both a policy and practical level. The core principle of this module is to ensure that students develop the capacity to question dominant practices within sport.

Research Methods and Project Management: Organisations frequently require both an understanding of how and why data is acquired, and an ability to collect, analyse and interpret it.  These skills are also important if students wish to progress to postgraduate study or careers in consultancy services.  This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in subject contexts, and allows students to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data. In addition, this module will develop students’ project planning and management skills as a tool to manage the research process.

People Management: The module explores the changing nature of work and contemporary issues in people management.  This module will seek to encourage students to consider the various aspects of people management as part of the wider culture and managerial contexts in which they have been developed.  The module will consider the psychological and sociological issues related to the management of people and the issues around people management. To consider the development of people management strategies in the context of the Principles for Responsible Education (PRME).

Optional modules:

Study Abroad: This module is intended to accommodate flexibly the varying needs of exchange or study abroad students. For instance, this may be required when the modules offered by the host institution are sufficiently close to the modules that the student would be taking at York St John University. The module’s aim is to support students’ development in their subject knowledge while exposing them to the language and culture of the host country, whilst enhancing their foreign language skills. 

Developing Talent in Organisations: Managing and developing talent is considered key to driving sustained organisational performance. This module examines the strategic nature of talent development in organisations as they compete with each other to secure and develop a competitive workforce. It provides a broad understanding of the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development (L and D) activities within various organisational contexts. It details what is required to support the learning of individuals, groups and organisations to drive sustained performance. It also considers how different L and D delivery methods, such as formal, informal, action learning, coaching and mentoring, e-learning and blended learning can enhance inclusive learning within organisations and the impact of different learning interventions on social outcomes.     

Hospitality & Service Operations: Operational excellence is critical for success in hospitality and service industries today and its importance is increasing due to deregulation, global competition and rapidly evolving information technology. The nature of the hospitality industry being constantly on the move and ever-evolving has added to the complexities involved. This module will provide participants with skills and understanding that can be applied in complex business environments involving hospitality service operations. The module explains particular challenges that a hospitality manager will face from various dimensions of the business and covers design, planning, control and quality issues related to the service operations.

Event Planning and Development: The conference and event market is a very diverse market, covering everything from small company board meetings, through to private parties to large outdoor events or exhibitions. This module aims to introduce you to the concepts behind event planning and assist in the development of some of the key skills required in event planning. You will gain an understanding of the multi discipline area of event management, developing the knowledge, and skills needed for effective management of a wide range of events.

Social Justice in Sport: Ethical Perspectives: The grounding for this module is built around the concept of social justice, a philosophy that underpins the School of Sport at YSJU. This module consolidates and develops students understanding of social justice by critically examining ethical issues in sport. The development of such critical insight enables students to become analytical thinkers. In turn, this provides students with the skills to inform and shape decisions relating to performance, practice and governance in sport, which emphasise the importance of fairness, equality and sound ethical practice and reasoning. Moreover, as the aim of this module is to produce graduates that have a passion for critical inquiry, as well as a confidence for challenging social injustices, students will examine a broad range of ethical dilemmas, theories and interventions in the field of sport. To this end, the module’s central aim is to develop students understanding of ethical thinking and practice in light of social justice issues in sport.

Language Module

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Dissertation which is worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.

Level 3

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Dissertation: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work.  This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards.  Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.

Developing a Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to prepare students to undertake an independent enquiry through individual self-directed project work.  This module provides students with the skills and knowledge to design and plan a research project.   Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and critique literature.  Students will develop a project plan which they can undertake through their final semester.

Developing an Organisation Based Project: The aim of this module is to develop the student’s skills in conducting a research project in response to a brief from an organisation. This module acts as a bridge into the industry they research. Students develop their research skills and their ability to structure an influential document.

Operations and Project Management: This module seeks to develop an appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues relating to project management and operations management from a strategic and operations perspective. Students will develop a broad and critically understanding of the different aspects of organisations operations and the relationships between the various operational areas.

Business Research Project: The aim of this module is to facilitate and express independent enquiry in a small scale substantial piece of individual self-directed research work.  This module provides students with the opportunity to conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written academic format that meets professional standards.  Students will develop research objectives, formulate appropriate methodologies, and apply problem solving and analytical skills in a business context of their choice.

Organisation Based Project: The aim of the Organisation Based Project is to give students the opportunity to combine investigation into an authentic challenging business project with an in-depth research-based report. This offers links with potential employers and demonstrates understanding of the application of business principles in a real-world situation. Students will develop their research skills alongside techniques of reporting back on findings.

Leadership, Innovation and Change: This module provides students with a detailed understanding of the key concepts and principles of leadership and how leadership may be used to influence innovation and change within organisations. It considers leadership as a fundamental and pivotal role within organisational development and in particular how the behaviour of a leader influences both individual and organisational performance and creativity.  The module also seeks to identify how leaders may interact with individuals to raise their performance.

Optional modules:

Organisational Strategy and Decision Making: The requirement for effective strategic management is increasing due to the highly complex and turbulent environments in which most private and public sector organisations currently exist.  The study of organisational strategy encompasses theory and practice from a broad range of business sectors.  As such, this module draws on concepts introduced in earlier modules and furthers the critical understanding of these topics and their inter-relationships.  The module examines theories and models used in strategic management and decision making and reviews existing practice. 

Sport, Globalization and Development: The grounding for this module is built around the concept of social justice, a principle philosophy guiding the School of Sport at York St john University. The purpose of this module is for students to consider the key stakeholders in the provision on global sport and engage students with global social issues in sport. This includes drawing upon research from the discipline of sociology of sport and sport for development to discuss the globalized nature of modern sports in conjunction with global social issues. Through this engagement, students will examine a range of contemporary global social issues in sport. The core principle of this module is to ensure that students can identify key agencies within global sport and develop their understanding of social justice in sport. 

Managing Events: The module provides an exploration of the principles and practice required to manage an events.  You will develop skills and experience in managing events through effectively planning and subsequently managing an event. You will define the essential elements required for event management.  You will work in a team to run an event and then report back as an individual on your performance and the overall performance of the team managing the event.

Social Justice in Sport: Sociological Perspectives: The grounding for this module is built around the concept of social justice, a principle philosophy guiding the School of Sport at York St John University. It is the purpose of this module to consolidate and develop students understanding of Social Justice through the theoretical prisms of classical and contemporary social thought. The development of such critical insight is designed to enable students to become analytical thinkers, providing them with the skills to inform and shape decisions relating to sports provision through a prism that emphasises fairness and equality. Moreover, as the aim of this module is to produce graduates that have a passion for critical inquiry as well as a confidence for challenging social injustices, students will examine a broad range of stimulating examples that will allow them to conceptualise how power works in contemporary society and the field of sport. The core principle of this module centres on the provision of critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will equip students with the knowledge to challenge social injustices in a range of social settings. To this end, the module has two principle aims: (i) to develop students understanding of social justice and its relationship to sport and wider society. (ii) to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how issues centred around social justice affect different social groups in the arena of sport.

Managing Organisational Development: The purpose of organisational development is to produce planned and systematic approaches to enable sustained organisational performance through the improvement of its people. Organisational development then focuses on interventions designed to drive improvement and facilitate ways in which employees can be motivated to perform and be rewarded for performance. This also includes developing business decision making processes, improving knowledge transfer and communication, designing flexible and creative working across changing organisational environments and applying change management approaches to drive enhanced business performance and productivity. This module critically examines the concept, processes and practices of organisational development and its potential to enhance business performance.    

Business Creation Project: This module allows the entrepreneurial student who wishes to start their own business to undertake research into a business creation opportunity that they may wish to continue following graduation. Students will undertake independent enquiry in a substantial piece of individual self-directed research work aimed at business start-up.  This module provides students with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research through individual and independent activity into a business opportunity and to present their findings in using visual aids and in written format that meets professional standards. Students will make decisions on the business prospect and the viability of undertaking the venture.

All modules are worth 20 credits, except Business Creation Project and Dissertation which are each worth 40 credits and Study Abroad which is worth 60 credits.

Certificate in Management and Leadership

Modules include:

  • Responsible Business
  • Management and Leadership
  • Dissertation
  • Business Research Project
  • Organisation Based Project
 

Teaching & assessment

Delivery

All modules are delivered utilising a range of teaching, learning and assessment strategies including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities.

You are supported initially in the use of guided learning strategies in Level 1 developing towards autonomous, well-judged use of collaborative and independent learning strategies in Levels 2 and 3.

Teaching & learning methods

Throughout the programme you will be introduced to a range of different teaching and learning strategies. For example in Level 1 you will undertake simulation based learning (Ventures in Entrepreneurship) in which we use a computer based simulation to develop your business skills through developing your awareness of market forces and the decision making process you may require as a manager. At Level 2 (for example) there will be evidence of practice based learning (Management and Leadership) in which you will be expected to engage in practical based activities as you develop your skills in managing people, while also developing skills in managing projects (Research Methods and Project Management). Finally at Level 3 you will demonstrate your skills through practice and enquiry based learning giving you the opportunity to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems through Operations and Project Management, and Leadership, Innovation and Change.

Assessment & feedback

You will undertake a variety of assessments which include the use of written assignments (often in the form of reports), individual and group presentations, exams and tests, and practical activities. An essential part of the assessment is to encourage both learning and the development of skills as well as preparing you for the requirements of the workplace. You will have opportunities for formative assessment and feedback to inform your work prior to submission and you will receive detailed feedback on assessments to help you develop and continuously improve your performance whilst on the programme. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your knowledge of business and practice.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equiavalent) including English Language

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Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying a business related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
  • Experience of work

Canditates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD.

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Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website. York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2019 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships. There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation

Tuition fees

Home / EU students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

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Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

STUDY ABROAD

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

 

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