Sports Business Pathway


Sports Business

Whether you want a career in the sports business industry or you want to use your sports passion to enliven your studies and ensure you have a wide range of options, our Sports Business Pathway is for you. The exact balance of qualifications that best suits you will be discussed at your interview and enrolment.

Course at a glance

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs Grade 4-9 (including English Language and Maths)


BTEC Pearson


2 Years

This subject is equivalent to 3 A-levels.

More about this course

What you'll study

This course contains a mixture of academic business and sports content and it includes the opportunity to participate in a weekly sports practical.The sports portion of the course will strengthen the foundation of your Sports Business modules, supported by class tasks, logbooks and both written and practical assessments to demonstrate your knowledge of all units.

Example sports units may include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Fitness training

Example business units may include:

  • Marketing
  • Business Management
Beyond the course

You will not only gain a BTEC Sports qualification and a BTEC Business qualification, you will also get the opportunity to experience world class content from the international lecturers at MMU and experience the state of the art facilities at UA92, ensuring you have a clear understanding of your possible next steps. All students who meet college expectations will also have the opportunity to undertake practical sports alongside their academic studies, in addition to engagement with the many sports businesses based in Manchester.


Work is assessed and marked internally using a broad range of assessment methods. Marked work audits will be completed on a regular basis throughout the duration of the course to ensure consistently high levels of Quality Assurance. There may also be some examined units.

Future career opportunities

With your commitment and our expert guidance, your options after Connell will be vast as you’ll leave with desirable qualifications and excellent skills. You may decide to seek out a degree to prepare you for the sport, recreation and leisure industries, the many opportunities in Manchester’s sport business HQs or to utilise your qualifications to meet the entry criteria of another related degree or apprenticeship. Local universities such as MMU and UA92 offer several excellent related degrees. Throughout the programme, we’ll encourage you to engage with the many real-life world class sport businesses in Manchester and the challenges they overcome, from marketing to accounting and we’ll always keep our focus on your future career. It will all add up to fantastic future prospects. A few example degrees at MMU include Sports Marketing Management, Sports Business Management and Manchester City Community Football Coaching.