BA (Hons) Sport Development - Sport ManagementC624

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • At Plymouth Marjon University, our sport development degrees have a proven track record. With a pedigree of more than 10 years, our professional and practical sport development courses have ensured an excellent employability record for our graduates. 

     If you want to learn how to manage people in sport and work with organisations from grassroots to elite level, then BA (Hons) Sport Development (Sport Management) is the perfect course for you.

    The programme offers a broad and critical introduction to sport and is an excellent course for students who want to make a positive difference in the management of sport. You will study the dynamic and varied nature of sport, where we prepare you for working in the UK sport industry and further afield.


    We ensure that you get great academic and practical experience with a broad range of sport development areas. Throughout the course, you’ll interact with industry professionals through lectures from guest speakers, practical projects, work placements and study trips, and you’ll gain practical and applied skills in the management of sport development throughout the programme.

    Following completion of the course, you’ll be able to 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 extensive skills and experience in improving your communication, leadership, and teamwork, as well as developing crucial research and evaluation skills. These key aspects are valued highly by potential employers.

    This exciting programme considers broad sporting themes in operational and strategic sport management across the public, voluntary and commercial sectors. You’ll study sports marketing, sport event management, sports policy and inclusive sport, and managing community sport and elite sport. 

    Our latest external examiner report praised the quality of our Sports Development programme:

    “This is a mature, confident and high quality programme with some innovative modules…and clear content and structure that goes beyond the expectations of the industry and academia. …Learning outcomes are clearly met, teaching and assessment is of high quality and I am confident that standards are thorough and rigorous. Of 11 programmes I have examined… this is one of the very best. It is a credit to the teaching team and students that co-produce work as peers.”

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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
  • Sport in the Community



2nd Year
  • Engaging with Employability: Sport Development*
  • Sports Event Management*
  • Research Methods
  • Sport Policy & Governance
  • Sport & Education*
  • Sport Marketing
  • Inclusion in Sport*
  • Independent Study*
  • Coaching & Mentoring*
3rd Year
  • Honours Project
  • Strategic Sport Development
  • Sport & Excellence*
  • Leadership and Management*
  • Applied Resource Management in Sport Development
  • Sport & Disability*
  • Sport in Society*
  • Leading & Managing Operations*
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management*
  • 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 industry throughout the South West, London and overseas.  You will find many past University of St Mark & St John sport development graduates managing projects 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.

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Course Leader

This course is conducted by a dedicated sport development team: Ryan Thomas, Dr Aaron Beacom and Phil Brown. Your teaching team is here to guide and support you from start to finish, comprising decades of industry experience and fascinating 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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    No data exists for this course from the National Student Survey (NSS). A related course called BA (Hons) Sport Development - Physical Education scored 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016 (NSS).