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This programme has been designed in conjunction with local employers and national accreditation agencies to equip you with the core skills required to achieve management positions in the sports industry.


Course Benefits

  • Designed alongside national accreditation bodies in order to meet the needs of the sports industry.
  • Contains a significant level of applied industry experience.
  • Graduates will leave with the relevant skills to achieve management positions in sport.
  • You have the opportunity to study abroad.

More reasons to choose Leeds Trinity University

Course Information

Our Sport Management degree supports you in developing your skills in sports management, leadership and financial accounting, alongside building your contextual knowledge of sport in contemporary society.

Several existing programmes (at other universities) labelled as ‘Sport Management’ offer predominantly management and business degrees with a token acknowledgement of ‘sport’, whereas this course focuses on the specific management of sport.

The course has been aligned with the requirements of industry to enhance your employment opportunities upon the completion of your studies.

Read our full course terms and co​nditions

Year 1

The first year will lay the foundations for ​the rest of your degree programme. The focus will be on the transition to degree level study, so that you gain the skills and knowledge to prepare you for your future as a student and as a graduate employee in your chosen field. You will cover the key

areas of sport management, organisational theory, sport and culture, sport and the media and the history of modern sport.

Each module will include: study skills to help you with your academic life such as writing and presenting skills; knowledge and understanding of the subjects from a multidisciplinary perspective as well as research skills to prepare you for both academic life and your future career. Your first year will end with two weeks of professional placement preparation and five weeks in the workplace.

Year 2

In your second year your knowledge will continue to develop further in areas such as event and people management, research methods and scientific principles of sport. You will also learn about sport and globalisation, and have the opportunity to select a module with a year-long volunteering opportunity or a placement module with a block of six weeks in the workplace at the end of the year. An exciting aspect of this year is having the opportunity to select a module of your choice, from a range which relate to different career paths most suited to your interests.

Year 3

In your third year the core interdisciplinary modules will incorporate the breadth and depth of the knowledge you have gained so far. You will feel confident therefore to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in an applied manner. This is the year where you are able to really flourish in your interests, by undertaking substantial research project as part of the Dissertation module in a topic aligned with your enjoyment and your career aspirations. You will also have the option to select two further modules relating to different career paths most suited to you, for example International Management, Financial Reporting, and Leisure Management . For those who wish to go onto postgraduate study, such as a Masters in Business your degree programme will have prepared you for your application.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6422 - Business and Management Strategy
  • BMM6472 - International Management
  • BMM6482 - Leadership
  • BMM6552 - Financial Reporting
  • SHN6164 - Dissertation
  • SHN6192 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • SHN6262 - Sport and Society
  • SHN6322 - Leisure Management
  • SHN6332 - Strategy in Sport Management

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 15.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 212 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 918 hours of independent teaching; 224 hours on placement

Year 2 – 17.7% of scheduled learning and teaching; 222 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 891 hours of independent teaching; 138 hours on placement

Year 3 – 11.5% of scheduled learning and teaching; 138 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,062 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  

Undergraduates on the Sport Management degree programme are taught by academic staff with relevant academic and professional credentials and modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and small group seminars as well as practical "hands-on" sessions.

The programme is aimed at developing students' skills in three broad areas: vocational practice; professional skills and further applied sport management knowledge.

On this programme students undertake two 20-credit Professional Development and Placement modules, which include six-week work placements in the summer terms of Level 4 and Level 5. Sport Management students have the opportunity to gain work experience in key sport sectors and a broad range of sport management roles in relevant organisations. Before their work placements, students are fully prepared and briefed and afterwards, they are encouraged to reflect on the experience. Our professional work placements are a pivotal part of the degree programme and invariably help students to find their first job after graduation.

The programme has been designed closely with employers and contains a significant degree of opportunity for students to develop the skills required to work in the sport management industry. Core modules include Financial Management and Human Resources Management, with the option to take further Leadership and Management modules in Levels 5 and 6.

In addition, at Levels 4 & 5, all students undertake a 20-credit Research Methods module and a further 40-credit Dissertation, which will involve the negotiation of a detailed special project, which is approved by academic staff at Leeds Trinity. 

In addition to the development of vocational experience and professional skills, students are provided with a range of modules involving sport management, event management and academic modules which seek to locate the growing trends in British and Global sport. All of these module options are designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills and to showcase their understanding.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills and links with employers throughout their degree and the contacts made during their work placements. Students also have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering, all of which provide the chance for students to build up their skills and CV in preparation for competing in the jobs marketplace. 

Extensive use is made of Moodle on this degree programme, the Leeds Trinity Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support 24/7 learning and to provide access to e learning resources both on and off-campus.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% written exams

Year 2 – 76.7% coursework; 8.3% written exams; 15% practical exams

Year 3 – 93.3% coursework; 6.7% written exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this programme include individual and group presentations as well as programme work reports, research projects and more traditional seen and unseen exam papers.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.
Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in both English Language and Maths.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.
  • There is the opportunity ​to study abroad​ which will incur additional costs. This would be discussed on an individual basis.

Kirsten was excellent at following instructions. Very good at asking questions if unsure about any task. Very organised and very punctual. We feel Kirsten would be a good asset to anybody's team (hopefully ours).

Sam Rowland

Quality Systems Administrator and Technical Manager at Symingtons

Professional Work Placements

Examples of where you could undertake your placements could be in various roles in the following areas: Local, amateur and professional sports clubs; County Sports Partnerships; Sport Development Units; National Governing Bodies; Charitable organisations; Fitness industry; Health promotion and Sporting contexts in the UK and abroad.

More about placements

Graduates can go on to work in the private sector within the sports industry and sports national governing bodies. Management and leadership professions are also an option, as well as setting up your own business or going onto further study

Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Sport Management and PGCE courseswhich we provide here at Leeds Trinity. 

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes. ​
Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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Our campus


​​Home to over 100,000 students, Leeds is regularly voted the UK's best student city thanks to its amazing nightlife, culture and shopping. It's also an internationally recognised centre for learning and offers brilliant graduate job prospects.  
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What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.
Sport Management Unistats
You may have noticed that there are no Unistats available  for this programme. This is because this programme is new, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from similar programmes.
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​2nd in the UK​

We're ranked 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction with feedback and assessment, according to the 2016 Guardian's University Guide.

​Work placements

We arrange over 1,200 professional work placements for our students every year.

​Top 10

We're top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (according to the Guardian University Guide 2015).

Top 15%

We're ranked in the top 15% of all UK universities for teaching quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. ​

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