BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development - University of Portsmouth
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BSc (Hons)

Sports Management and Development

UCAS codeCC62

full time3yrs

placement option1yr

Get involved in sports development in the local community

Course Overview

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 2018 our Sports Science courses are ranked number one in England.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Go on an international field trip to enhance your learning
  • Choose to take a careers based unit or industry placement year, enabling you to gain work experience in an area related to sports science and management
  • 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


Sports Science

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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Structure & Teaching

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
  • Sports Business Principles
  • Coaching Principles
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport
  • Sports Event Organisation
  • Research Methods 1

Year two

Core units in this year include:

  • Sports Policy and Intervention
  • Innovation and Enterprise in Sport
  • Research Methods 2

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Sport and Society
  • Sport Event Management
  • Applied Coaching Practice
  • Psychology of Coaching and Learning
  • 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:

  • International Perspectives on Sport, Leisure and Business
  • Strategic Planning in Sport
  • Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Social and Psychosocial Analysis of Sport
  • Sports Marketing and Sponsorship
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Practice in Coaching and Learning

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


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.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 21% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 79% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 78% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year three students: 13% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 87% studying independently and 0% on work placement


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

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 30% by written exams, 15% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year two students: 25% by written exams, 23% by practical exams and 52% by coursework
  • Year three students: 8% by written exams, 30% by practical exams and 62% by coursework

Tutor's view


Kieren McEwan
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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Facilities & Features

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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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
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

Work experience
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

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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