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Sport Development & Business Management BA (Hons)

If you are passionate about the management and development of sport then the BA in Sports Management & Development is the degree programme for you. The study of sport at York St John University has been designed to produce students who want to and who have the ability to make change through sport.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad pages for more information
Start date
September 2018 | September 2019

Course overview

This course, one of our two Sports Studies programmes, will achieve this by enabling you to develop a critical understanding of how sport and exercise is influenced by a range of factors. Delivered in partnership with York Business School, this cutting-edge degree will provide you with the management and entrepreneurial skills to increase your business acumen in one of the fastest growing areas of the economy.

An important part of this degree is the opportunity to learn about Social Enterprise, which is particularly relevant for those who wish to build a career combing sport and business.

Delivered at both our award-winning city centre campus and our multimillion-pound sports complex, Nestlé Rowntree Park Sports Campus, you will experience a feeling of inspiration derived from learning in state-of-the-art facilities.

100% of 2017 graduates from the School of Sport are now in employment or further study, with 74% of these in professional or managerial roles.

(Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2017)

Course structure

You will learn about the key role sports play in an ever-changing globalised world, enabling you to understand how socio-cultural-political forces shape both the delivery and management of this expanding industry.

Furthermore, you will gain a critical insight into accounting, marketing and finance; perspectives which will prepare you to become a well-rounded and effective manager. It is through this synthesis that you will learn the innovative skills desired by recruiters in both the public and the private sector, increasing your employability and knowledge base in the process.

Level 1

Modules include:

  • Research, Practice, and Citizenship 
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Organisational Behaviour in the Digital Age
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Sport
  • Fundamental Sociological Issues in Sport, Culture and Society
  • Ventures in Entrepreneurship

All modules are 20 credits

Level 2

Modules include:

  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Sport Development and Society
  • Management and Leadership
  • Applied Research Methods and Design
  • Social Justice in Sport: Ethical Perspectives
  • People Management

All modules are 20 credits

Level 3

Modules include:

  • Research Paper (40 credits)
  • Sport, Globalization and Development (20 credits)
  • Organisational Strategy & Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Social Justice in Sport: Sociological Perspectives (20 credits)
  • Leadership, Innovation and Change (20 credits)


Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Disability Advice

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of disability advice services to assist students throughout their studies.

Teaching & Assessment


In designing this degree, we were aware from the outset that how you will learn and will be assessed is very important to you.

Historically the Sports and Business areas have been University leading in numerous teaching, learning and assessment initiatives with insightful employment of authentic practical experiences alongside digitally enhanced teaching and learning giving you the opportunity to develop meaningful practical and professional competencies within the discipline area.

The curriculum design is focussed upon developing the type of sport practitioners and business managers capable of future employment within multi-disciplinary sport environments.


On the Sports Development and Business Management degree you will encounter a range of learning and teaching experiences including lectures, practical work, seminars and digitally enabled learning activities. As you progress you will be increasingly expected to make significant contributions to your own learning. This includes completing self-directed study which often involves independent laboratory or field based practical work, data collection and presentation.

The learning and assessment strategies employed across sport are engaging, student-centred and learning orientated. They include applied practical work within modules and assessments which develop career orientated skills and competencies. The School uses video feedback, flipped classrooms, blended delivery approaches and audio feedback on written work and examinations.


To improve the quality of your learning experiences the programme will use formative assessment, i.e. ‘mocks’ that do not count toward degree classification, to provide feedback. We know that some students do not always have the skills they need to show what they have learned in a formal assessment and that many students get anxious about exams and hand-in dates. Therefore, we have taken care to streamline both the number of assessments and the criteria used to mark them. In addition we will provide you with the opportunity to benefit from self-evaluation and peer assessment.

Assessment & feedback

As you develop and learn more the assessments we use change in nature, becoming more diverse and challenging over the course of the programme. Level 1 for example, utilises continuous assessment allowing in-semester review and evaluation of performance as well as presenting the opportunity to employ interventions aimed at improving success within the semester. Levels 2 and 3 present additional opportunities to demonstrate skills of analysis, synthesis and critical review through a variety of assessment approaches that seek to embed research design, engagement and interpretation into the curriculum.


The School of Sport offers a vibrant research culture for students. Students will read research, learn about the latest research techniques, and eventually conduct their own research as part of their programme. Students will also be taught by staff members who conduct research at the forefront of the study of sport and exercise. This means that students are able to learn about the most up-to-date issues in their areas of interest on our programmes.  The Motivation, Performance and Well-Being (MPaW) research group, for example, is among the largest and most productive in the world with regards to examining the consequences of being perfectionistic in sport and exercise. Other work within the school focuses on the physiological and biomechanical aspects of athlete development. This work is conducted in collaboration with professional sports clubs and our other community partners. There is also exciting research taking place examining socio-cultural aspects of sport participation including gambling in football and the experience of bullying in Physical Education (PE). We are proud to say that much of the research in the School of Sport was identified as “internationally excellent” and “world-leading” in the last assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions (REF 2014).

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

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

Professional sports experience and industry recognised qualifications may be considered in lieu of some of the academic admissions requirements.

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Terms and conditions

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.

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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 2018 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

UK & EU 2018 / 19

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 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.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2018 / 19

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

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, stationery and books.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Study abroad

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

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

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