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Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football)

Please note that the final enrolment date for this qualification will be 10 January 2019 after which it will no longer be available to new students. You must complete your study by 31 December 2022. If you would like to discuss your options with one of our advisers, please contact us or book a call back.

If you’re considering studying business management and you’ve a passion for sport, then this innovative diploma could be just what you’re looking for. Designed in partnership with the English Football League Trust, you’ll apply theory to real world situations using case studies from the football industry. You’ll develop your understanding of the wider business world, the internal functions of an organisation and the impact of external factors such as the economy.

Key features of the course

  • Provides an engaging introduction to the world of business and management, using the football industry as the focal point
  • Choose between incorporating elements of sports science or sports psychology  
  • Develops a range of business skills which are transferable beyond sport and football
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study

A nationally recognised qualification in its own right, this diploma of higher education is also equivalent to the first two thirds of the BA (Honours) Business Management (Sport and Football) (Q88).

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Course Summary

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Diploma

Diploma

  • Widely-recognised qualification.
  • Equivalent to the first two thirds of an honours degree.
  • Enhance your professional and technical skills or extend your knowledge and understanding of a subject.
  • Study for interest or career development.
  • Top up to a full honours degree in just two years.

This type of course may be of particular interest if you’re living or working in Scotland.

Course code
W49
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
240
How long it takes
Part time – 4 years
Full time – 2 years
Time limit – 12 years
Study method
Distance learning

Course details

This diploma of higher education has two stages, each comprising 120 credits. 

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with an introductory business management module followed by a second module where you’ll apply ideas from your study to a sport and fitness environment. 
  • At Stage 2, you’ll add conceptual and practical learning to your broad grounding in business management and choose one further module from a range of options. 

Optional Access module – visit Am I ready? to find out about starting this course with a preparatory Access module.

Stage 1 (120 credits)

You’ll start by investigating the question ‘What is a business?’ and explore the business functions of human resource management, marketing, accounting and finance. You’ll use activities to build on your existing knowledge and skills through the application of management theory, and apply ideas from your study to the sport or fitness environments.

Stage 2 (120 credits)

At Stage 2, you will choose one of the following routes through the diploma:

Business or sport route

You’ll deepen your understanding of the essential organisational functions you studied at Stage 1, and then develop your scientific knowledge and observational skills in sport and exercise.

Sport only route

With this route, you’ll also deepen your understanding of the essential organisational functions you studied at Stage 1, and then you’ll study sports and exercise psychology in combination with a work-related learning module where you’ll submit an appropriate level 2 coaching qualification in your sport and investigate how coaches develop, drawing on your own experiences.

Business or sport route

ModulesCredits
You'll start Stage 2 with:
Shaping business opportunities (B207)60
You’ll complete your diploma with one from:
Developing leadership (B208)60
Sport and conditioning science into practice (E217)60

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 21 March 2018.


Accessibility

We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football) uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notation and assorted techniques
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and producing diagrams or screenshots
  • undertaking practical work
  • finding external/third party material online
  • using specialist software.

For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support with any of the elements above, visit our disability page to find more about what we offer. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements, so we can put arrangements in place before you start.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.


On completion

On completion of this undergraduate course, we'll award you the Diploma of Higher Education in Business Management (Sport and Football).

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website. 


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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.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner

Counting previous study

You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification, if you have:

  • already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
  • other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs

Find out more about credit transfer

Preparing for study with an Access module

If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:

  • a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
  • support from a dedicated team throughout your study
  • detailed written feedback.
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 childhood and youth studies, social science, psychology, health, management and law.

View full details of People, work and society Access module

Science, technology and maths Access module

What you will study

This 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. 

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How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost in England?

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 £2,928*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £11,712*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2019. 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 start studying.


Skills for career development

This diploma 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.

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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 16/08/2018
Credit transfer: apply by 06/12/2018

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