This joint honours programme provides you with an integrated way of studying across two University departments in a comprehensive and interesting manner.The core subjects provide a solid education in the essential areas of Business and Sport Studies, while there is a strong emphasis placed on the application of theories and concepts to practical issues such as increasing sport participation, managing facilities, generating income and marketing.
Joint Honours courses are flexible so that after your first year you can tailor your choice of modules around your interests; they are ideal for those who want to study diverse subject areas. An optional placement year in industry/commerce can be taken in year three on this programme.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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You will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both Sport and Business and are encouraged to consider how generic business principles, theories and concepts can be applied to sport organisations, particularly at the grassroots level of sport.
The structure of the programme means that you can develop your areas of interest by appropriate selection of modules. You can start the first year with an even split of modules between the two subjects and you can specialise in either subject as your own knowledge and interests develop in years two and three.
You are encouraged to gain voluntary work experience alongside your studies to develop your own skills and improve your chances of employment on graduation. The optional placement year is available for those who are keen to pursue a full time internship during their studies. Many students have obtained permanent work at the organisations they have worked for. Help and advice is provided from our dedicated Centre for Enterprise and Employability.
The first stage will introduce you to a range of essential aspects of business, such as marketing, management, enterprise and opportunity, finance and economics.
You will also be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of sport. Key themes include the social context of sport, sport and leisure management and sport pedagogy for coaching.
The second stage introduces the two contrasting topic areas of strategic analysis and operations management in Business Studies. Other examples of subject areas available include human resource management, career and professional development, marketing, finance, information systems and economics. Alongside this, you will develop your understanding of the organisation and management of sport through focusing on applied research and focusing on contemporary sporting case studies. Topics explored include:income generation and funding, barriers to sport participation and managing a sport workforce.
Additionally, there is placement preparation for those intending to take a placement year.
In the final stage, you will complete modules on issues in strategic management, and further develop your specialist interest within the area of Sport Studies which includes sport event management, theories of coaching and inequalities in sport. You will also complete a comprehensive dissertation within your chosen subject area. In addition, you can choose to study further modules in a vocational area or within a subject of general interest.
Course modules (16/17)
- Core module N
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
For this programme taught study would be a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, usually for 12 hours per week. We recommend students spend 24 hours per week in self-directed study time.
Three years full-time, with the option of a placement year. Part-time study is available.
A variety of assessment strategies is used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. The course is assessed in a number of ways through individual or group presentations, individual written assignments, coursework, reports and examinations.
Facilities and Special Features
- FC, Northampton Saints and Northants County Cricket Club including guest lectures and opportunities for internships
- more option choices as you move through the stages of the course, giving you the opportunity to choose modules which fit your developing career aspirations
- opportunity to participate in voluntary experience or a placement year where you can develop your skills in a business and/or community sport setting
- option to remain a full time student but some learning and assessment is based on your part time employment in the four year extended degree
- this exciting, flexible programme emphasises the use of up-to-date research and case studies
- opportunities to develop entrepreneurial and employability skills
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC. You are normally expected to hold GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above, or an approved equivalent. In addition, you are expected to have studied a physical education, sports science or related science subject at A Level, BTEC level 3 diploma or equivalent qualifications.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.