BA (Hons) Sport DevelopmentC602

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full time
  • Learn how to make a difference in people’s lives with our BA (Hons) Sport Development course. The course highlights how sport can be used to develop communities, inspire young people and fulfil the potential of all individuals, from grassroots to elite athletes.

    Sport development offers a wide-ranging and critical introduction to sport and is the perfect course for students who want to make a positive difference in sport. You will study the dynamic and varied nature of sport while we prepare you for working in the UK sport industry and further afield. 

    Throughout the course, we’ll ensure that you receive the right balance of academic and practical experience in a broad range of sport development topics. You’ll have the chance to interact with seasoned industry professionals through lectures from guest speakers, practical projects, work placements and inspiring study trips and you’ll pick up ample hands-on skills in sport development throughout the programme.

    Following completion of the course, you’ll be able to coach, run sport development programmes, organise events and develop a critical understanding of how sport works through the programme’s strong academic underpinning. You’ll gain the skills needed to improve your communication, leadership, and teamwork, along with developing research and evaluation skills. These are all key aspects that are valued by potential employers. 

    This exciting programme focuses on broad sporting themes in community sport, talent development, sport coaching, elite sport, managing sport, marketing sport, sport event management, sports policy, school sport and inclusive sport.


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You will take six modules each year.

  • 1st Year CLOSE
    • Personal and Professional Development*
    • Foundation in Sport Development*
    • Introduction to Sport Management*
    • Organisation and Structure of Sport*
    • Sports Coaching*
    • Sport and Society*



  • 2nd Year OPEN
    • Sport Event Management
    • Sport Marketing
    • Work based learning
    • Coaching Theory & Methods
    • Researching Sport
    • Sport Policy and Governance
    • Inclusion in Sport & Sport in Education
    • Independent study module


  • 3rd Year OPEN
    • Honours Project
    • Sport and Excellence
    • Applied Resource Management in Sport
    • Sport Development
    • Sport and Disability
    • Developments in Social theory and Sport
    • Strategic Sport Management
    • Coaching Young Performers
    • Sports Pedagogy
    • Performance Coaching
    • Independent study module

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 our 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 The University of St Mark & St John 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.

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Course Leaders

Our lecturing team has a wealth of experience and they have each published and presented research work which underpins students’ lectures, seminars and practicals. Our expert sport development team includes Ryan Thomas, Dr Aaron Beacom, Phil Brown and Dr Matthew Dowling. Our course leaders take great pride in the programme, offering enthusiasm and consistent support to each and every student.


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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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