Sport Development*

BA (Hons) Single

The course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required for employment within the sport industry.

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Those engaged in sport development devise ways of enabling individuals to start, stay and succeed in sport. Much of the sport development process is about promoting positive behaviour change (e.g. from inactivity to activity) and creating a supportive environment for this change to occur. It is therefore imperative that professionals working in this area have the appropriate underpinning knowledge and skill to enable this process.

Why study Sport Development at our Warrington Campus?

The Sport Development course at the Warrington Campus is based on robust academic underpinnings, but also has a strong vocational focus and looks to both embed and then refine the important transferable skills required by employers in a variety of sport-related industries.  

There are also opportunities to gain additional vocational qualifications (e.g. First Aid) and National Governing Body (NGB) awards relevant to student and industry needs.


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The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Our course uses a number of cognate disciplines that underpin the study of sport. The programme moves from theoretical foundations in Year 1 (Level 4) to more vocationally oriented and applied choices in Years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6).

Year 1 (Level 4) focuses on the institutions, policies and factors that affect opportunities in sport, the nature and function of sport development and the motives for sport and physical activity behaviour.

Year 2 (Level 5) includes a compulsory period of work placement. Further study of sport development and how behaviour can be changed is supplemented with the opportunity to specialise in a combination of sports coaching, physical activity and health, or sport marketing.

In Year 3 (Level 6) provides the opportunity to participate in a conference, delivering a seminar/workshop on a contemporary sporting topic. Further optional modules may also be selected in relation to PE and youth sport, marketing communications, sports coaching and health promotion.


How will I be taught?

Lectures, seminars, practical sport, independent research and tutorials are just some of the methods we use to deliver the course. Individual, independent research work is also a key feature of Year 3, culminating in a dissertation.

Staff on the Sport Development course endeavour to maximise student-staff interaction. Each module is usually allocated two hours per week, therefore you will have approximately 12 hours of scheduled class contact each week, with staff given additional time for individual and group tutorials. You will also be expected to undertake appropriate self-guided independent study.

Assessment methods vary between modules and include essays, practical work, presentations, seminars, objective tests and examinations. The assignment/examination ratio is weighted heavily towards coursework, although a small number of formal examinations do exist.

Assessments are designed to reflect industry practice and incorporate assessment of key transferable knowledge and skills, as well as subject knowledge and skills.

Graduates from our Sport Development course have secured employment in a wide range of sport-related areas, including: sport development (e.g. youth sport development, community sport development, national organisations); charitable organisations; commercial and professional sport; teaching and lecturing; and sports administration/management.

Students have also undertaken postgraduate studies (e.g. PGCE, MSc, MBA).

UCAS points: 104 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC

BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM

BTEC Diploma:D*D*

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
Access Access to HE Diploma to include 15 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit

OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*



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