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2020/21 entry

BA (Hons) Sport Business Top-up Degree

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £16,100 per annum
Full-time international placement year fee £3,650 per annum

All figures are subject to yearly increases.


*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

UCAS info

Points required:

UCAS code: 7R21

Institute code: L51

Study mode

One Year Full Time

About your course

This one year, full time, top-up degree is ideal for students who already hold a HND, Foundation degree or Diploma and want to top-up their qualification and boost employment prospects by gaining an honours degree. 

  • Top up your knowledge and achieve an honours degree in just one year
  • ​Programme renowned for its quality, with staff awards for excellence in teaching, leadership and professional learning
  • Friendly campus with access to a wide range of sports facilities
  • Excellent career opportunities in sports management, marketing, sponsorship and other areas of the sports industry
  • Real world, authentic teaching and learning methods used that reflect industry practice.
  • Field trips and visits into industry settings are embedded into the programme at each level of study (e.g. Liverpool Football Club, BBC Sport, Aintree Race Course)
  • 100% overall satisfaction with the quality of the course (National Student Survey 2018)​
  • Start month: September 
  • Campus location: Teaching will commence at IM Marsh Campus, but may be subject to change during the course

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Optional and/or extra curricula field visits where applicable may have costs involved. Locations may be subject to change.

I've gained a range of business skills and learnt how to apply them to a sector I am passionate about

Ryan Millar, current student

This top-up degree has been designed to recognise existing study and enable students to boost their career prospects by gaining an honours degree as well as experience of real business projects

Adam Shore, Director, School of Business and Management

Work-related learning

Work experience is vital to your professional development and will significantly enhance your career prospects.  By applying what you have learnt on the degree in a range of professional settings, you will develop enhanced skills and experience, adding real value to your CV. Within the curriculum, work-related learning will include:

  • Assessments based on real-life organisational problems
  • Simulations of workplace activity
  • Analysis of employer driven case studies
  • Class discussions/simulations within an organisational context
  • Innovative and creative thinking to solve organisational problems
  • Guest speakers

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for supporting your academic and personal progress. Through the use of Peer Learning Groups (PLG’s), small groups of students will work together and with their tutor to continually build and develop knowledge, personal development and an individual profile.

IM Marsh students will have access to a free strength and conditioning studio onsite. All LJMU students are also entitled to apply for free off-peak membership for Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool and discounted peak-rate membership is also available so you can keep yourself active alongside your sport studies.

The University offers a range of support services which can be accessed as and when necessary, including a dedicated Library and Student Support and IT Zones. The IM Marsh campus, where this course is based, is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community. Find out more in our campus video:

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Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. There are also opportunities to attend a two-week summer school with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at: goabroad@ljmu.ac.uk.

Course details

The sports sector is growing at a phenomenal rate and demand for experts to support this burgeoning industry is increasing, creating a flourishing job market for suitably qualified graduates with a BA (Hons) in Sport Business.

This programme is designed to fit industry needs and is facilitated through working partnerships between LJMU staff, students and external employers and subject specialists.

The programme explores a variety of subjects and disciplines including: marketing, sponsorship and PR, sports management, sports digital media, sports events, grassroots and elite sport.

Employability and enterprise are key elements of this programme. As such, you will have access to a range of opportunities to engage in work-related learning so that you can put theory into practice, develop professional networks and increase your graduate skill set.

LJMU has links with over 450 different employers in the North West alone and the Sport Business programme work with these employers to develop work placement and project opportunities across all levels of the degree. The university has partnerships with Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club and we had students undertake placements in both this year. We are also actively involved with Merseyside County Sport Partnership, National Governing Bodies of Sport and Liverpool City Council.

Our key contacts with local community sports club provide an excellent base for students to learn and develop their sport business skills on a regular basis. We continually liaise and engage at a senior level with the sports business industry to ensure the programme is as cutting-edge as possible.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 6

Core:

  • Sport Business 3
  • Research Project
  • Organisational Management and Leadership
  • Sport Event Management
  • Sport Business in Practice 3

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

Learning is via a varied combination of activities including lectures, seminars, workshops and small-group tutorials.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

This course has been developed by an academic team who are passionate and experienced in their subject and are renowned for the quality of their teaching. Their varied expertise includes management and sponsorship in the sport sector, student entrepreneurship and employability. Staff also have extensive industry experience with sports organisations, both locally and nationally.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

A variety of assessments are used to support student learning and progression. These will include: 

  • authentic case studies
  • reports
  • pitches and presentations
  • theoretical essays
  • reflective portfolios
  • project evaluations

Within all modules, formative feedback is embedded to provide stepping stones for development. A variety of feedback mechanisms are used which include: face-to-face, audio, written, peer and self-feedback.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Application and selection

Applications are welcomed from students with the following qualifications

  • A Higher National Diploma (HND) in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of merit standard

  • Foundation Degree in a relevant Business subject. Applicants are expected to have achieved an average of 60%

International Students

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students must meet the following minimum English Language requirements

IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component

GCSE and equivalents

  • N/A

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: N/A

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: N/A
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

The information below relates to the 2019/20 academic year as the Government has not yet released information for 2020/21. As soon as this is available, we will update these web pages and associate information.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. In 2019/20 scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. In 2019/20 the annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2019/20 the annual tuition fee for full time, undergraduate, home and EU students is £9,250. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,716**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,716* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,716).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

The Sport Business curriculum equips students for employment with industry specific skills that relate to: sports management, project and event management and marketing and sponsorship. Businesses of the 21st Century are placing greater emphasis on the role that technology plays in their day to day operations. Therefore, through the innovative teaching and learning methods utilised on the Sport Business programmes, graduates will be well versed in using digital technologies such as social media networking tools beyond personal use.

The role of business in sport continues to develop as the industry evolves across all sectors, from grassroots, to elite, to professional sport. This programme can offer career pathways into a number of different sports organisations, such as: professional football clubs, local and national sports organisations (example Local Authority, County Sport Partnerships) , sport national governing bodies (example Football Association), and sector specific agencies such as marketing or sponsorship. The job roles within these organisations could cover areas such as: sports sponsorship and marketing, public relations, management, digital media technologies, recruitment and human resource management and business development. The programme also actively supports students seeking to start their own business which could start within the three years whilst studying with us and continue upon graduation.

Graduates may also chose to progress to further study such as PGDE/PGCE Initial Teacher Training programmes or other postgraduate courses.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals. 

 

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the university. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.

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