BA (Hons) Sport Development - Coaching and School SportC621

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full time.
  • With 10 years’ experience in training sports coaches, it’s little wonder that the University of St Mark & St John’s BA (Hons) Sport Development (Coaching and School Sport) course is so popular. Along with our other sport development programmes, we welcome approximately 40 students into the faculty each year.

    The programme identifies the synergies between youth sport development, coaching and school sport. A vast amount of sport development activity is targeted towards young people through school-based initiatives. This exciting programme considers broad sporting themes in community sport, talent development, elite sport, sport coaching, managing sport, marketing sport, sport event management, school sport, sports policy and inclusive sport.

    If you want to study the dynamic and varied nature of sport and maximise your future employability, this is the perfect course for you. We ensure that you get great academic and practical experience of both sport development and coaching young people, with a firm focus on school-based sport development.

    Throughout the course, you’ll be exposed to industry professionals through thought-provoking lectures from guest speakers, practical projects, work placements and inspiring study trips.

    You’ll gain ample practical and applied skills in sport development and coaching throughout the programme. We work hard to ensure you’ll be able to run sport development programmes, organise events, coach, and develop a critical understanding of how sport works, through the programme’s strong academic underpinning. 

    Furthermore, you’ll gain ample skills and experiences to improve your communication, leadership, and teamwork, along with developing research and evaluation skills. These key aspects are valued highly by employers in the industry.  

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You will take six modules each year and * denotes an optional module:

1st Year
  • Engaging with Learning: Sport Development
  • Sport Coaching & the Coaching Process
  • Foundations in Sport Development
  • Introduction to the Management of Sport
  • Organisation of Sport & Physical Education
  • An Introduction to Analysis in Sport Coaching


2nd Year
  • Engaging with Employability: Sport Development*
  • Sport Event Management*
  • Research Methods
  • Sport Policy & Governance
  • Sport and Education
  • Inclusion in Sport*
  • Coaching Theory & Practice
  • Independent Study*



3rd Year
  • Honours Project
  • Strategic Sport Development*
  • Sport & Excellence*
  • Pedagogy in Practice
  • Coaching Children in Sport
  • Applied Resource Management in Sport Development*
  • Sport and Disability*
  • Sport in Society*
  • Independent Study*


Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

The University of St Mark & St John is widely renowned for producing excellent sport development officers.  We have superb links with the sport development sector throughout the South West, London and overseas.  You will find many past University of St Mark & St John sport development graduates in a variety of institutions including schools, National Governing Bodies (NGB) County Sports Partnerships (Active Devon), Local Authorities and Sport and Leisure facilities across the country.

The quality of graduates is well recognised both locally and nationally and, as such, a very high proportion of graduates gain immediate employment or enrol on Masters programmes to further their studies.

A sport development degree is flexible in your career as it offers a high degree of transferability across sport as it considers many elements of the sports industry. The sports development courses have the broadest focus of all the sports degrees at Marjon and this coverage ensures that you are employable when you leave us and that your degree remains relevant no matter which area of sport you work in in the future.

Many graduates go on to work in sport development as development officers for national governing bodies, local authorities, school sport partnerships, county sport partnerships, commercial a sports centres, as coaches, sport managers, teachers (in both primary and secondary school), and within the public and armed services.

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Current Students


Course Leader

This course is managed and run by Phil Brown with Ryan Thomas and Dr Aaron Beacom. Each an expert in his own field, the team members possess ample industry experience, as well as research specialisms including identifying and developing talent in football, sport in diplomacy, local authority sports development and the development of the not-for-profit sports sector.


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    • The sport development programmes are popular and have on average 40 students studying per year group across the three sport development programmes.  This ensures dynamic class sizes for lectures and smaller seminar groupings for seminars and practical sessions.  Students develop excellent relationships with the supportive and caring programme team. 

    • The programme is designed develop increasing independence to ensure students are fully independent and competent sport development professionals upon graduation. 

    • There are opportunities to undertake additional qualifications such as SCUK’s Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshops and students are engaged in career planning from the first year. 

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