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BSc (Honours) Sport Development with Coaching

Discover how the power of sport can make a difference to people's lives forever.

Course length 3 Years
Location Collegiate Campus
UCAS C6X3 Course code

Course description

This course is about making a difference. It is about you developing solutions to issues in sport, and so from the start we push you to think differently in terms of how you view sport and those that take part and those that don’t. Sport development means the ability to understand the needs of others, developing a creative, yet logical mind-set to providing opportunities for sport to be successful and a desire to get the message out there that sport and physical activity is fun, rewarding, good for you and one of the few pursuits that can bring communities together.

What you study
We are keen to help you develop an awareness of not only multicultural issues in the UK, but also to have an understanding of global issues and their impact. As a result, many of our students have secured an international work placement or used their holidays working abroad. This has lead some to take the opportunity of full employment in another country when they graduated. We even give you the option of taking a foreign language as one of your options in the second year even if you have no previous qualifications.

We know that to be an employable graduate, you need to able to think and act creatively, formulate solutions to problems and be an effective communicator whether in a written, verbal or social media environment. So we take great care in supporting you to develop those skills so that you can interact effectively with others in a range of diverse situations.

Our sport development degree is so varied that you are bound to find something that ignites a spark in you. That could be being an event manager, from running events for local primary schools to learning how to support the press at major events such as the Olympic Games. You could be gaining an appreciation of how sport in schools work and the broad range of opportunities that exist or understanding how marketing can make such a huge difference in getting more people involved in sport through understanding what makes them tick. You might be interested in setting up your own enterprise or even developing your coaching skills with young people or adults.

Your studies involve theory and practical elements, where lectures and essay writing are combined with real-world projects and opportunities to put your knowledge into practice. You can choose to continue with the coaching aspect of the degree over the three years, or concentrate on other areas. Your final year enables you to specialise more in an area of your choice and your final dissertation project will give you the opportunity to develop in-depth research into your area of interest.

You develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the sports industry, what makes it work and which organisations are key to its success. These organisations are also home to many of our graduates who now play a crucial role in delivering sport across the UK.

Key areas of study include • how sport is organised and run in the UK • the impact of society and politics on sport and vice versa • physical activity and its impact on health • equity and inclusivity in sport • marketing of sport • managing sports events • strategic planning in sport • enterprise and entrepreneurship • PE and school sport • coaching young people and adults • international sport development.


Your lecturing team has extensive sport development industry experience and many are current qualified coaches or advisors actively working for major local and national sports bodies. We are committed to providing you with a quality academic experience that is relevant to the real world. This means that we provide a course that gives you the best chance to be competitive in the job market once you leave.

Employability and added value opportunities

You can enhance your experience and career prospects by • volunteering on programmes, such as our primary schools Ready, Steady, Coach programme • becoming a Sport Activator where you lead sessions in the University’s social sport programme • volunteer for one of our many local partners as a coach or intern where you can apply for bursaries to gain professional coaching qualifications in return for volunteering hours.

You also have the opportunity to attend our industry-recognised annual student sport conference where you will be able to meet and talk with a range of sport industry professionals, many of whom are our graduates who return to advise you on how they got their first job and what you can do to develop yourselves professionally.

You can also further enhance your employability skills through our well-established and unique partnerships with international major events. Past students have worked with the world’s press on the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Tour De France and the London Marathon.

The staff team are constantly working with future major events to enable more students to gain prime volunteering positions, such as the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia and other major sporting events in the UK over the next five years


We offer you a six week placement experience with major local and national partner organisations, including • national governing bodies of sport • local school PE Departments • local authority sport development units • County Sport Partnerships and overseas programmes in a variety of countries

If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Normally five GCSEs at grade C or Grade 4 or above, including English language or Literature and mathematics

The GCSE English and mathematics equivalents accepted are:

• equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk

plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points with at least 72 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies.


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• an Access to HE Diploma from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate. Normally we require 15 credits at level 2 and 45 at level 3 of which at least 39 level 3 credits should be graded at merit or above.

You also need to demonstrate an ability to
• study academic subjects at degree level
• debate topics and issues
• draw on conclusions from written material
• study independently as well as a member of a group
• use computers and technology associated with contemporary teaching, learning and assessment methods
• successfully complete a range of assignments including researched essays and practical examinations

This is normally achieved by completing academic study at level three or above in the last four years.

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

We strongly recommend that you tell us about any long term health conditions or disabilities you may have. This is so we can assess whether we can deliver the course in such a way that you can meet the course requirements and take part without disadvantage. You can contact our University student support staff on 0114 225 3964 (voice and Minicom) and explore any issues you may have.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• professional skills for sport development and coaching • marketing in sport development • introduction to sport and physical activity • sport and social issues • introduction to coaching and leadership • developing physical literacy

Year two modules

• research in sport development and coaching • strategic planning for sport development • sport event management • application of professional skills • sport and society • developing school sport • coaching in context • foreign language

Year three modules

• sport development or coaching project • sport development and enterprise • sport policy • contemporary issues in sport • coaching adult communities • coaching young people • the media and major sports events • international sport development • foreign language

  • coursework
  • examinations
  • practical assessments such as delivering a coaching session or organising community events
  • developing media resources


Previous students have secured jobs as a • community development officer • physical activity officer • primary school teacher (PE specialism) • secondary PE teacher • sport specific coach • development officer for a sport national governing body • disability sport development officer • sport event manager • talent development officer • sport charity development manager • school sport development manager.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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