2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Sport Business top-up

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

1 year

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
International (full-time):
£16,100
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Business and Law:

0151 231 8080

busadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Sport Business top-up at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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) 

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.


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.

"The Sport Business programme played such a big part in my personal and professional development. It gave me outstanding theoretical and practical knowledge, constantly challenged me to do my best work, shaped my career interest, inspired me and provided me with lifelong friends and contacts within the sports industry. "

Dimitar Stoyanov, course graduate and Business Development Consultant, Centric Sports Management

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Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

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.

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What you will study on this degree

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

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Sport Business 1
20 credits

This module is an introduction to the concepts that surround sports business and will examine the areas that make up this fast-developing industry. You will learn both practically and theoretically and explore key agencies and organisations. 

Personal Learning And Development
20 credits

This module will help you to develop skills essential for effective learning to degree level. It will introduce and develop the concepts of graduate skills and ideas regarding self-development and personal development planning.

Sport Management
20 credits

This module is designed to introduce you to the basic management principles in a range of sport settings. You will learn to use theory to design solutions for a range of initiatives.

Marketing, Sponsorship And PR
20 credits

This module aims to develop knowledge and understanding both theoretically and through practical scenarios about the role of marketing, sponsorship and PR in the sports business.

Sport Business 2
20 credits

This module aims to enable you to appraise the nature and role of sport governing bodies, both nationally and internationally, within the sport business landscape. You will also explore the principles of governance for best practice and assess the challenges within modern sport governance.

Sport Business In Practice 1
20 credits

This module will allow you to experience, observe, contribute to and apply professional principles and sport business theory within a practical work-related environment.

Level 5

Core modules

Sport Business - Grassroots
20 credits

This module aims to give you an in-depth understanding of the delivery and development of grassroots level sport.

Research Design
20 credits

This module will help you develop an understanding of the different approaches and methodological choices within social science research, which will lead to the production of a research portfolio.

Entrepreneurship For Sport
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop a entrepreneurial business idea and research a concept for a new business.

Sports Media
20 credits

This module aims to provide a detailed insight into the multi-platform sport media industry. It will analyse both historical and contemporary perspectives of the role of media in sport, exploring online and offline offerings.

Sport Business - Elite
20 credits

The aim of the module is for you to gain an in-depth understanding of the delivery and development of non-commercial sport at elite level.

Optional modules

Sport Business In Practice 2
20 credits

This module will support you in developing your employability and entrepreneurship skills. It is designed to provide you with the opportunity to negotiate either a placement or a project with an external host organisation.

Sport Law
20 credits

This module aims to provide you with a broad understanding of contemporary sport legislation and bodies involved within the regulation, administration and operation of sport. It will also explore the relationship between sport and the law focusing on sports regulation, jurisprudence and their impact on sports delivery.

Level 6

Core modules

Sport Business 3
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the issues and concepts that exist within the sports business. You will explore the business that sport has become and the issues and complexities that surround it. You will develop practical skills in relation to the core concepts of finance, sponsorship, marketing and technology.

Research Project
40 credits

This module will showcase your individual ability to develop original ideas and present them in a coherent and critical fashion.

Organisational Management And Leadership
20 credits

In this module, you will analyse and interpret the structure of organisations within sport settings, enabling you to develop an awareness of cultural, structural and management issues within these settings.

Sport Event Management
20 credits

This module aims to equip you with the skills needed to prepare, plan and execute a live sports event.

Sport Business In Practice 3
20 credits

This module will support your development of employability and entrepreneurship skills. It is designed to provide you with an opportunity to respond to an employer's 'live' brief.  This provides you with experience and skills in addressing a contemporary issue in the sport business industry. 

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

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

Work-related Learning

Work experience is vital to your professional development and will significantly enhance your career prospects. Work-related learning is embedded throughout the whole degree, allowing you to experience different opportunities and roles in the sports industry. 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.

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.

Assessment

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.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Clay Gransden

Dr Clay Gransden

Programme Leader

I have delivered and managed across all four years of the undergraduate provision (including the foundation year) and across the postgraduate provision. In 2018, I was part of a team that was awarded a national teaching award (CATE). I have been featured in articles from national and international publications regarding sport and fandom. Currently, I am involved in several research and consultancy projects, providing guidance and expertise in hospitality marketing, fandom and social media at a local, regional and international level. I am co-host of a podcast called ‘Dr Scoff and the Prof’ The podcast is available worldwide and has upwards of 12,000 listens/downloads in over 70 countries.

"I believe understanding our students and giving them space and opportunities to succeed is at the heart of my teaching ideology. At LJMU, we have the resources and time to be able to see our students grow and excel."

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications:


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.

International requirements

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

Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​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

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.