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BA (Honours) Accounting and Finance for Sport Industries

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)

Accounting and Finance for Sport Industries

Become an accountant in the sport industry by understanding its unique financial ecosystem and providing effective financial decision-making, advice and consultancy across the sector.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 104 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? D028
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Embark on an accounting and finance degree tailored specifically for the sport industry
  • Learn about the sport sector’s unique financial ecosystem 
  • Apply your learning to real world issues and shape the future of finance in the sport industry
  • Become a sought-after accounting and finance professional and prepare yourself for a dynamic career

Accounting and finance within the sport sector is incredibly unique. On this course, you’ll learn how to apply professional accounting and finance skills to this unique industry which will prepare you for a dynamic and successful career. 

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course aims to prepare you for a successful career within the field, so you will discuss and critically evaluate real life scenarios. Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled contact sessions on campus and online, screencasts and guided/independent study, supported by superb facilities and learning materials.

You learn through

  • case studies/scenarios
  • lectures and seminars
  • guest lectures and employability workshops
  • interactive sessions
  • real-life corporate projects and activities
  • student-centred learning
  • collaborative group work
  • reflective writing
  • presentations

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement as part of this course. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career and enables you to build an eye-catching CV. We have strong relationships with regional, national and international employers and a team of specialist staff to support and encourage you in the placement application process. We help you secure a great placement opportunity and support you while you are there.

Live projects

Following the Sheffield Business School’s Strategy to become a leading applied Business School, this course is designed to be extremely applied in nature. We make the course come to life by incorporating real world projects into teaching and assessments.

The course also puts your learning into practice through live consultancy business projects. These projects put your acquired skills to the test of solving real world business problems and undertake leading research in this field. As part of this, you will have the opportunity to work individually on a 'live' project in conjunction with a client sourced by specialist teams at the university who work alongside private, public and third sector organisations both within the sport industry and beyond.

Networking opportunities

With guest lectures from the likes of industry leaders, professional experts, our Executives in Residency and academics from other institutions, there is ample opportunity to make lasting industry contacts. Our teaching staff include experienced academics, many of which have also had senior careers in accounting and finance. Many have also worked in a variety of financial sectors including in the sport industry. Their industry knowledge and expertise feeds into the learning and teaching for this course. This is reinforced with expert lecturers and regular industry guests, who will help you tackle both theoretical concepts and practical challenges.

Future careers

This course prepares you for career in

  • Professionally qualified accountant in the sport industry
  • Financial or business manager in the sport industry
  • Future financial director in the sport industry

​Previous graduates of a similar course have gone on to work for

  • Deloitte (including the Sport Business Unit)
  • KPMG (including the Football Benchmark Unit)
  • HSBC
  • PwC
  • Virgin Media

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

This course gives you access to Bloomberg terminals in a dedicated suite with 24/7 access. You can gain a Bloomberg certificate as part of your studies.

You can also access cutting edge financial data from professional football clubs in Europe through our unique partnership with Off The Pitch. You'll have access to a unique football finance database that provides financial and sporting data for over 220 European professional football clubs. We are also connected with InSport Education to provide further CPD opportunities for students in the field of sport finance, and you will receieve a free subscription to the Financial Times resource.

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 104

This must include at least 56 points from 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BCC at A Level
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

We also expect you to demonstrate through your personal statement an interest in and awareness of accounting or some level of practical experience.


  • English language or literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade D or 3

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 Level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

You can apply for advanced entry on to this course, depending on the number of professional accountancy examinations you have passed.

If you do not have any of the qualifications above but have relevant experience you are welcome to discuss potential opportunities with the admissions tutor.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Economics Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Developing Professional And Academic Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Law, Corporate Governance And Ethics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Management Accounting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Principles Of Business Management In The Sports Industry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Professional Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Accounting And Reporting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Financial Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Management Accounting Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport Business Analytics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport Governance, Ownership Structure & Regulation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Consultancy Project Credits: 20
Module: Corporate Finance Credits: 20
Module: Corporate Reporting Credits: 20
Module: Financial Decision Making In The Sport Industry Credits: 20
Module: Professional Team Sport Finance Credits: 20
Module: Strategic Management Accounting Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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