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Sport Development
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Sport Development

This course is also available with an integrated foundation year. Apply using UCAS code C698. Find out more here
International Scholarships available

Overview

Fire your passion for sport and help to transform lives and shape communities. Sport development officers provide opportunities for participation in sport for all sections of society and encourage people to lead healthier lives.

You will examine management and leadership styles and attributes as you learn how to attract investment and develop inclusive sporting pursuits that benefit disadvantaged and under-represented social groups and communities.

You will develop the confidence to challenge inequalities in sport, and you will hone your teamwork and planning skills so that you can lead on sporting projects to improve participation rates.

Our course team is led by Stephen Robson, who has more than 20 years' experience of practising and teaching sport and recreation development. Stephen works in national settings to keep the course at the forefront of current provision. Along with other team colleagues he has contributed to two editions of the highly successful Routledge textbook Sports Development: Policy, Process and Practice. Members of the team have also edited and published a text book called Strategic Sport Development, the first text of its kind in the field. All our sport and recreation development staff have significant professional experience to draw upon in supporting the next generation of sports development professionals.

RESIDENTIALS
As part of your first year, you will have the opportunity to experience activities in a setting associated with your studies. This may include a residential or field trips, which will support your on-campus learning and enhance your future career prospects. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

We will help you organise a life-changing, six-week work placement. This could be with local authority sport development teams, national governing bodies of sport, community groups, high schools, sports clubs or youth organisations.

By running your own community sports project or event for an external client, you will build contacts with potential future employers. Regular guest speakers will show how you can learn from successful projects and keep you up-do-date with the current hot topics in sport development.

This course and its modules has been designed with leading industry experts. The course team has extensive industry experience and continually engages with organisations such as Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Sport and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. This means we can provide excellent work experience opportunities, develop joint projects and ensure that the course material and assessments are up-to-date.

We are one of only four UK universities to have received endorsement for our sports development degree by SkillsActive and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity - the new single professional body for the sport and physical activity sector in the UK.

SPORT AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES

We're passionate about sport and at Leeds Beckett University there's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including the Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at the Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award
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Entry Requirements

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POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check may be required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Additional Requirements

GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

An enhanced criminal history (DBS) check may be required for certain modules which involve working with children and/or vulnerable others. The DBS in the UK is currently not able to conduct overseas criminal record checks, therefore international applicants, those without British Citizenship and British Citizens with a significant period of overseas residency will therefore require a criminal records check or certificate of good conduct from their home/overseas country before undertaking work with children and/or vulnerable others.

IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Tom Harwood

Careers

Tom Harwood
Sports Project Officer Team Beds and Luton

BA (Hons) Sport Development

“My degree gave me the skills and expertise I needed to succeed in the sport development industry. Thanks to my placement I now work in a fantastic job giving people the opportunity to get involved in sport, no matter what their background.

Teaching and learning

Learn how to use sport and physical activity as a tool for the development and empowerment of communities. You will engage with social science to help address the inequalities in sport and contemporary society.

The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload will be informed by your core modules and the option modules you choose to study – the information provided is an indication of what you can expect and may be subject to change. The option modules listed are also an indication of what will be available to you. Their availability is subject to demand and you will be advised which option modules you can choose at the beginning of each year of study.

You will study the sporting and wider political structures in the UK, looking at the sociology of sport and the role of physical activity in the community. You will have the opportunity to engage in initial career planning to enable you to make the most of the wide range of extra-curricular opportunities available in Leeds and elsewhere.
Overall workload
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288 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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912 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Examination This could include a timed examination, take-away paper, formal presentation or viva-voce examination or a set exercise, quiz or multiple choice test.
3%
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
17%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
80%
Core Modules

Gain the academic skills essential for success on this degree, together with a strategic approach to career planning and the development of key transferable skills for employment.

Gain an essential introduction to the fundamentals of sport and recreation development including key agencies, structures and methods of delivery. You will understand the role and nature of public, private and voluntary sector provision, governance and policy agendas, and the the processes and practices related to the delivery of sport and recreation in the UK.

Explore how different social issues affect individual and group participation in sport and learn to apply core sociological theories and concepts to engagement in sport.

Discover how political perspectives can help in better understanding sport and society. You will begin to reflect on your own politicisation and to think beyond that familiarity by considering other political perspectives.

Identify operational issues within a case study sport facility and use academic theory to suggest solutions to help the facility provide better sport and physical activity opportunities to its community.

Gain an understanding of the key priorities, principles and issues related to physical activity provision in the community and learn to conduct community based learning to explore inclusive practice.

Develop your expertise of the core aspects learned in Year One, and be able to apply these to more complex real-world contexts. You will be able to tailor modules to suit your career interests, whether working with children or in outdoor settings. By studying and engaging in teamwork, strategic management, project management and employability you will be able to become an effective working graduate.
Overall workload
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238 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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808 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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154 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
21%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
79%
Core Modules

Develop an understanding of the concepts, policy and practice of community sport development, including the diversity of community sports practices and issues of class, race and gender issues, and a critical appreciation of the key concepts which inform community sports policies and practices. You will also study the current socio-political climate and the potential use of a community sport development approach in tackling inequalities in society.

Through a work placement, you will observe, inquire, participate, contribute and learn in a real-world setting. You will reflect on your experience and analyse a contemporary issue identified in your chosen placement organisation.

Working as part of a team, you will plan, deliver and evaluate live events in conjunction with external partners, and develop the knowledge and skills essential for the management of sport projects.

Build on the research and study skills from year one and prepare for your final year project by learning to understand and analyse appropriate research literature to inform and justify a research question or academic enquiry.

Study strategic management theory and apply this to the management of sport development programmes. You will look at the impact of policy on practice and how this can be managed effectively in order to achieve a range of sport development outcomes.

Option modules may include:
Marketing Communications

Adapted Outdoor Adventure

Principles & Practice of Physical Activity & Public Health

Soccer & Society

Working with Children

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Become an independent learner, as you continue to enhance your skills in sport development in the community and strategic management. You will also enhance your critical thinking and reflective abilities. You will have the chance to design a major real-life project and engage in the bidding process.
Overall workload
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267 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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919 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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14 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Indicative assessment proportions (based on 2018/19)
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
10%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
90%
Core Modules

Develop and apply an advanced theoretical knowledge of sport and community development through the evaluation of a case study of practice.

Develop your understanding of strategic management with an emphasis on flexible strategic thinking. You will be placed in the role of consultant and you will choose a sport development organisation upon which to base your assessment work in which you will generate recommendations for organisational improvement.

Incorporating the core themes of management, leadership and community development, you will undertake an analysis of a sport development or community issue, and use this to develop a professional bid document for a funding stream, pitching your proposal to a panel of industry 'dragons'.

Examine key theoretical debates within sociology and apply them to various aspects of sport and leisure. You will critically assess whether sport and leisure, in their broadest senses, allow for the creation and expression of different identities.

Use the skill set you have built up in previous modules to identify an area of specific interest to explore through an in-depth empirical study or project supported by an academic supervisor. You will choose from one of three pathways: Dissertation (individual), Consultancy (individual), or Sport and Recreation Project (team).

 Stephen Robson
Stephen Robson
Course Director
Stephen is a pioneer in the area of sports development, representing our University in a number of influential national settings. Since joining us in 1998, he has designed an industry endorsement scheme for sports development degrees and been involved in the production of the first ever bespoke National Occupational Standards for Sports Development.
We have a genuine commitment to our students' experiences at university. Our main focus is to ensure they have the most interesting and enjoyable time with us that they can, and that they are highly employable graduates.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of sports facilities and equipment linked to your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement travel costs
    (Amount dependent on location)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Course branded sportswear
    (Branded sportswear is available to buy, but it is not compulsory. Prices start at £10, with a complete kit bundle costing £135)
  • Various coaching qualifications as well as gym and personal trainer awards are available
    (Cost will depend on the course chosen)
  • Sports membership
    (Access to sport and fitness facilities, including a wide range of fitness classes. Active Beckett PLUS membership costs £90 per year. Other levels of membership are also available)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Coaching and First Aid qualifications - You will have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in coaching and First Aid. Individual costs will vary depending on the qualification.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of sports facilities and equipment linked to your studies

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Placement travel costs
    (Amount dependent on location)

Course-specific optional expenses

  • Course branded sportswear
    (Branded sportswear is available to buy, but it is not compulsory. Prices start at £10, with a complete kit bundle costing £135)
  • Various coaching qualifications as well as gym and personal trainer awards are available
    (Cost will depend on the course chosen)
  • Sports membership
    (Access to sport and fitness facilities, including a wide range of fitness classes. Active Beckett PLUS membership costs £90 per year. Other levels of membership are also available)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

  • Sports Facilities
    Sports Facilities

    "I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medallist

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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