FdA Sport StudiesCP20

    Course Overview

    Duration: 2 years full-time
  • The FdA Sport Studies course has been designed in partnership with employers from the sports industry via our Professional Advisory Group. The course delivers a valuable blend of academic study with applied and workplace learning, so that students are equipped with extensive knowledge and skills and are therefore highly employable on completion of the course.

    This is the ideal course for students who want to learn how sport can be used to inspire young people, develop communities and fulfil the potential of all individuals, from grassroots, all the way up to working with elite athletes.

    Sport studies degrees at Plymouth Marjon University have a proven track record. With an excellent pedigree of more than 10 years, our professional and practical programme has delivered an outstanding employability record for our graduates. This inspiring programme considers broad sporting themes in talent development, elite sport, sport coaching, international sport, education, sports policy and disability sport.

    Our enthusiastic, experienced lecturing team has an extensive background in the field and, between them, they’ve published a host of research which has all contributed to the structure and content of the course.

    The team believes strongly in the value of practical experience, which is why the course contains such a variety of work-based learning. This includes coaching young people, managing sports events, deliver physical activity programmes and writing sport plans for NGBs. It’s all key to becoming a well-rounded sport development professional.

    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 study six modules per year and * denotes an optional module:

1st Year
  • Engaging with learning: sport development & coaching
  • Sport coaching & the coaching process
  • Foundations in sport development
  • An introduction to sport management
  • Organisation in sport and education
  • Introduction to analysis in sport coaching


2nd Year
  • Work-based learning*
  • Sports event management*
  • Research methods
  • Sport policy & governance
  • Sport and education*
  • Sport marketing*
  • Coaching theory & practice
  • Inclusion in sport*

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

Plymouth Marjon University is widely renowned for producing excellent sport development officers. This course is for those considering careers in sports development within the sports industry working in the public, commercial or voluntary sectors. It is also suitable for those who are interested in a career in PE teaching where you will be required to undertake a one year Progression Programme (Top-up) to BA Honours level and then a 1 year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course or equivalent.

You will find many Plymouth Marjon University 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.

ALUMNI OF FdA Sport Studies

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Course Leader

The course is headed up by an enthusiastic sport development team: Ryan Thomas, Dr Aaron Beacom and Phil Brown. The team has extensive research backgrounds in identifying and developing talent in football, local authority sports development, sport in diplomacy and the development of the not-for-profit sports sector.


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