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BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching

This programme will equip you with an appreciation of the ways in which sport can contribute to individual experiences across different social contexts and enable you to acquire the coaching and leadership skills that often underpin and contribute to the sport development process.

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Shannon Sievwright
Sport Development and Coaching
The best thing about my course is meeting new people. I love delivering coaching sessions and watching other people coach, so I can learn off of them and their different styles.

Course content

Our BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching programme will provide an understanding of the knowledge and skills required to efficiently and successfully design and implement schemes and projects that support participation in sport across different groups of people.

The focus of the programme is on understanding the relationship between developing opportunities to take part in sport and the critical role of coaches, leaders, activators and facilitators in this process. As such the programme considers the increasingly ‘indivisible’ relationship between sport development and the frontline workforce who deliver sport.

Our degree programme will also consider the place of sport within the socio-economic geographies of local, regional, national and international communities, as well as developing your practical coaching and leadership skills. This degree is designed for those who have a keen interest in the culture, organisation, management and structure of sport in a modern society alongside an enthusiasm for coaching and leadership roles.

Successful completion of the programme will equip students to secure employment within a wide variety of positions across the sports industry.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.  All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite.  In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.   Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.


  • Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
  • Sports hall
  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • Grass football and rugby pitches
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets

Sport Science Laboratories:

  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  •  sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation ace

Where this can take you

Typical careers include:

  • Sport development
  • Sport administration in national and local government and governing bodies
  • Sport media
  • Further study to postgraduate degree or postgraduate teacher training

Two of our students spent the summer trekking around the country visiting football grounds to raise money and awareness of the Homeless World Cup Foundation. Sport Development students Chris Peckett and George Horner began their walk at the University’s Bishop Otter Campus, visited 19 clubs including Portsmouth, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham, Charlton and Crawley, and finished at Brighton and Hove Albion’s AMEX Stadium having covered 250 miles in 15 days.

The Homeless World Cup Foundation uses football to energise and empower people who are homeless or excluded to change their own lives. The Homeless World Cup supports grass roots football development programmes in over 70 nations triggered by the Homeless World Cup, an established international football tournament.

Work placements

Students on the Sport Development and Coaching programme have a choice of taking either a work or coaching placement in their second year. Both modules are ‘double modules’.

Through our work placements you will develop skills which allow you to apply theory and knowledge in an operational sport, health or fitness setting. The fundamental aim of the work placements is to provide students with invaluable experience in settings related to their programme of study.

The coaching placements look to reinforce and extend coaching practice by asking students to actively broaden their range of coaching experience through the domains of disability sport, primary and further education, university sport, and the community programmes that the University runs – alongside any local ‘principle’ placement (for instance, a sport that they ‘specialize’ in) that the student may have.

Indicative modules

Year 1

  • Analysing Sport
  • Introduction to Sport Business and Management
  • Health and Physical Activity in Contemporary Society
  • Introduction to Sport and Society
  • Principles and Practice of Sport
  • Understanding Mega Sport Events 

Year 2

  • Researching Sport
  • Social-Histories of Sport
  • Sport Policy and Commercialisation 
  • Coaching Physical Performance
  • Coaching Psychology
  • Work Placement
  • Coaching Placement
  • Sport and the Media
  • Critical Insight into Contemporary Sport
  • Children and Youth Sport
  • Sport Marketing 
  • Health Promotion and Exercise 

Year 3

  • Dissertation 
  • Extended Dissertation 
  • Sport Development: International Contexts
  • Consuming Fitness and Lifestyle 
  • Sport Subcultures
  • Strategic Planning for Sport
  • Coaching Alternative Sport
  • Community Engagement in Sport
  • Coaching at the Interface of Sport Development
  • Sport Finance
  • Professional Practice in Fitness and Lifestyle 
  • Social-Histories of Football 
  • Advanced Coaching Psychology 
  • Developing Effective Coaching
  • Analysis of Systems and Performance in Football 
  • Managing People in Sport Business 

Teaching and assessment

We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation in this field.

We are committed to learning and teaching. Our team of principal lecturers ensure the techniques and technology used at Chichester position us as a leading authority in this critical part of your education.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Independent Learning

Central learning facilities are available to complement and support the learning activities you will experience in your taught modules, and will help to foster your confidence in learning independently and managing and presenting information – skills that will be of lasting benefit beyond your time at the University.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, exhibitions, performance/practical work, project work, presentations and seminar discussions.

Our course will include a mix, so that you will be assessed on different types of work. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers throughout the course. Special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs

DBS Costs

Students are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check. This currently costs £52.20.

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Course length

3 years
Full Time