BSc (Hons)

Sports Development

Get involved in sports development in the local community

N280UCAS code 3yrsfull time 1yrplacement option

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Why take this course?

Sport increasingly impacts on people’s lives, whether in terms of health, fitness, participation, excellence or just for enjoyment. We strongly believe that sports professionals should study their subject to the highest level in order to flourish in the global sports community and business environment.

This course will help you develop knowledge, understanding and skills associated with the sports development sector.

In the Guardian University Guide 2017 our Sports Science courses are ranked number two in the country.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Go on an international field trip to enhance your learning
  • Have the opportunity to gain coaching awards which can lead to volunteering placements or even paid work
  • Organise a sports event in the local community

What opportunities might it lead to?

This degree is one of the country's leading Sports Development courses and was the first to be endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) showing that we always try to be one step ahead, giving you confidence that you are studying to national standards.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • sports development/management/promotion
  • coaching
  • events management
  • marketing
  • teaching
  • various roles in the health and fitness industry
Sindre Grodem, BSc (Hons) Sports Development student

We ran a sports festival for local schools and even worked with the London Irish Rugby team. The experience at Portsmouth has been brilliant.

Sindre Grodem, BSc (Hons) Sports Development student

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Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
3 years full time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. See full entry requirements

We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
2016/17 entry: full time: £9,000 p/a*
2017/18 entry: full time: £9,250 p/a*

International students
2016/17 entry: full time: £12,000 p/a**
2017/18 entry: full time: £12,600 p/a**

*Tuition fee may be subject to annual increase.
**Tuition fee is subject to annual increase.

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Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Looking at the theory then putting it into practice
  • The challenging yet supportive environment in which to study
  • Use of some of the best facilities in the country that are not just for research purposes

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Year one

The course begins by providing you with a firm foundation in the key theoretical and research principles that will underpin the following years.

Core units in this year include:

  • Sports Development Principles
  • Coaching Principles
  • Sports Event Organisation
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Reflective Practice in Sports Management 
  • Research Methods 1

Year two

Core units in this year include:

  • Research Methods 2
  • Sport and Business Management
  • Sports Politics and Society
  • Sports Development Practice

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology of Skill Development and Performance
  • Application of Coaching
  • Managing People in Sport Organisations
  • Foreign Language

Year three

In your final year, there are more core topics to study and you will also undertake your own self-led project.

Core units in this year include:

  • Comparative International Sports Provision
  • Event Management in Sport
  • Strategic Planning in Sport
  • Project

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Professional Practice in Sports Psychology
  • Professional Practice in Sports Marketing
  • Professional Practice in Sports Education
  • Professional Development

Teaching and Assessment

We take a varied approach to teaching and we work closely with local partners, such as the Portsmouth School Sport Partnership and Portsmouth City Council Leisure Services, to ensure that the work you undertake is current and relevant.

The format of teaching will consist of formal lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical experiences.

How are you assessed?

This varied approach is also reflected in the way we assess you. Here’s how:

  • examinations
  • essays and reports
  • projects, portfolios and case studies
  • practical demonstrations
  • oral assessments through presentations or discussion groups
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Sports Development

This course gives you the opportunity to build a fundamental understanding of the promotion of sport within society. Utilising areas such as sports sociology, psychology, business and event management as well as practical sports coaching, this course aims to give you the tools to work within the sports development industry.

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Learning Environments

You will also benefit from plenty of indoor space for practical activities. Along with our many specialist labs, dedicated seminar spaces and interview rooms, the Department is located next to the University’s Nuffield Sports Centre and very near to the University’s St Paul’s Sports Centre. These two centres offer many facilities including sports halls, a 100-station gym, squash courts and fitness studios, all located at the heart of the University.

Coaching and Volunteering

Share your sporting skills through our Coaching and Volunteering scheme. Take on a volunteer coaching opportunity in the local community to boost your CV and gain formal qualifications.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

Other costs to consider

The cost of travel or accommodation for compulsory fieldwork is included with your course fee, but you will be expected to pay for meals and other subsistence costs. These costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000.

For optional programmes of fieldwork, costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000.

For the optional placement unit, or sandwich year you will be expected to meet the cost of travel for your placement. These costs will be in the region of £50 - £1000 to cover travel, accommodation or subsistence. This will be dependent on the type of placement/field trip being chosen.


In your final year, if you wish to take the optional professional qualification, you will be required to make a contribution of £250 to the total cost.


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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

We cover a broad range of issues, such as sports policy and society, event management, sports business, coaching and the application of sports development, that lead to a range of possible careers. As sport is increasingly playing an important part in areas such as health, education and social inclusion, it’s not just sports-based organisations that will be your main potential employers.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • PE teacher
  • fitness instructor
  • NVQ coordinator
  • sports development officer
  • sports and exercise scientist
  • sports therapist and physiotherapist
  • cardiac rehabilitation technician

Work experience

Employment boosting opportunities
Employment boosting opportunities

Outside the curriculum you are encouraged to gain National Governing Body (NGB) coaching awards, which can lead to opportunities for both voluntary and paid work within the community.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

George Milburn, BSc (Hons) Sports Development student

I have taken various coaching qualifications to enhance my CV.

George Milburn, BSc (Hons) Sports Development student

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