Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.

However, if you choose to focus on coaching as part of your Stage 2 work-based learning, you will need to have gained in the last eight years – depending on your professional interest – either:

  • an exercise instruction qualification recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) or
  • a coaching qualification from an established sport with a recognised National Governing Body.

If you do not hold a suitable qualification prior to commencing the module, you’ll need to obtain one in parallel with your OU studies. For details of those certificates and levels which are acceptable, view the list of acceptable qualifications.

General study skills

Anyone can study with The Open University, but if it's a while since you did any academic work it's worth checking that your time management, computing and English skills are up to speed. Visit Can I do it? to find out more.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will normally mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
Read about how some of our students have fitted OU study into their lives, then find out if you have enough time to study by completing our time planner.

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Study for free

If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! You can get started with an Access module – fascinating courses designed to introduce subject areas, build your confidence and prepare you for further study.

The credit gained from the Access module will be in addition to the other credit required for the qualification.

For this qualification, we recommend:

People, work and society Access module

What you will study

This is a multidisciplinary module that allows you to develop your subject knowledge and your general study skills. It provides an excellent introduction to a wide range of subject areas, including children and young people, health, law, management, psychology and social sciences.

View full details of People, work and society Access module

Science, technology and maths Access module

What you will study

This fascinating, multidisciplinary module is an ideal starting point if you have little or no previous knowledge of the sciences, technology and mathematics, and would like to develop both your subject knowledge and your study skills. The subjects included are science, engineering and design, environment, mathematics, and computing and IT.

View full details of Science, technology and maths Access module

Your next step

Call us on +44 (0)1908 659253 or book a call back. Our friendly team of advisers will discuss your study options with you, and help you decide on the best starting point for you. Or come and meet us at an event near you.

In this section:
How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If (like most OU students) you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you'll take six years to complete an honours degree. Our current fee for 60 credits is £2,786*.
  • Our current fee is £5,572* – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
  • The total cost of your qualification starts from £11,144* based on our current fees.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2017. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after you register.


An OU qualification will always help you stand out from the crowd, now and in the future – whether you’re just starting out, developing your career, or changing direction entirely.

Skills for career development

This diploma course will help you develop a broad set of skills that are of high value to employers, including: 

  • cognitive skills – critical thinking, analysis, paraphrasing and evaluation
  • ICT and presentation skills, and your basic numeracy
  • understanding of the function and contribution of specialisms like marketing, human resources, coaching and sports psychology.
 

Career relevance

The skills and knowledge you’ll develop by studying this degree will equip you for career opportunities in areas such as:

  • sports administration
  • management of sports facilities
  • marketing
  • human resources. 

The diploma could also lead to employment in sports funding bodies; sports development; and sports promotion, in the local, regional, national, and international arenas. There are opportunities for progression within the sector, and of course, a wide range of management options outside of sport and football.

Accreditation

The Open University Business School is one of the few institutions worldwide that are triple-accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and Association of MBAs (AMBA)  These are internationally recognised quality standards which independently validate the quality of the School’s teaching, research and operations. The School undergoes regular reviews to ensure that standards are maintained and has successfully retained its triple accredited status since 2004. This qualification is accredited through inclusion in these reviews.

Other careers

This qualification could also be a staging post to higher level qualifications and further career progression and development, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector.

In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with the OU is an enriching experience that broadens your horizons, develops your knowledge, builds your confidence and enhances your life skills. 

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree): 

  • football club manager 
  • football coach
  • fitness centre manager
  • outdoor activities/education manager
  • secondary school teacher
  • sports coach
  • sports development officer
  • sports administrator 
  • theme park manager
  • human resources manager
  • sports club manager
  • customer service manager 
  • event organiser 
  • tourism officer 
  • tourist information centre manager 

Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, PlanIT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.

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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 11/08/2016
Credit transfer: apply by 01/12/2016

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