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BA (Hons) Sport Development


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Level: BBC - CCC


GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or better.

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of units at Merit

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Interview required.

Enhanced DBS check required.

Student view

Shannon Sievwright
Sport Development
"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

This programme will prepare you for working as a professional in the fields of sport development and sport coaching. It does this by providing 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. Underpinning this, the programme looks to develop your practical coaching, delivery, leadership, and management skills. You will also gain an understanding of 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, and emphasises, the increasingly ‘indivisible’ connection 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.

This is an innovative degree programme that, over the three years, draws upon modules with a focus that equates to roughly 25% sport development, 25% sport coaching and delivery, 25% school sport and physical education, and 25% academic, research, and professional skills. This combination, and successful completion of the programme, will equip students to secure employment within a wide variety of positions across the sports industry such as those found in sport development, coaching, and the school environment.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

We offer you some of the best sporting facilities available to study for a degree. 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. It incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness centre. In addition there is a sports hall. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our Sports Dome, lano sand dressed astro turf and a grass rugby pitch.


Sports Dome

Four tennis courts which can be used for a variety of sports.

Blue flooring and blue curtains separating courts with student throwing javelins

Sports hall

Used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee.

Fitness suite

Various membership levels available. Weights, resistance and cardio machines.

Weights, resistance and cardio machines

Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder

Available for any student to use after an induction and when Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is open.

Images showing external and internal climbing wall and external boulder

Grass football and rugby pitches

Students playing football and girl passing rugby ball

Floodlit lano sand-dressed astro turf 

A top of the range Lano sand-dressed astro all completely compliant to International Hockey federation standards.

  • 110m synthetic athletics track
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Outdoor netball and tennis court
  • Two seminar rooms
  • Cricket nets 

Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs including a Virtual Reality Reader, Brain Imaging Unit and Observation Suite.

Student using software to track activity of body for sport psychology

Two dedicated biomechanics labs

Student running with rugby ball with sensor on past tracking posts

Five dedicated physiology labs

Used for testing on treadmills, bikes and various other pieces of equipment.

Physiology labs showing equipment used

An environmental chamber

Used to simulate heat, altitude, etc.

Envinronmental chamber in physiology lab

A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space

Sports Therapy students use these spaces for practical sessions and run a clinic. It is open for students, staff and external visitors who require treatment also either from Sports Therapy students or staff.

Sports therapy clinic with beds and rehab room

Where this can take you

Graduate view

"Studying at Chichester has made me a better person and I have grown as a person as well as a coach. I liked studying at Chichester because it has moulded me into a better person as well as helped me achieved my goals. I'm now going to continue studying by doing a Master's Degree."


Careers you can go into:

  • Sport coaching
  • Sport leadership
  • Leisure management
  • Charity sector
  • Sport development
  • Sport administration in national and local government and governing bodies
  • Sport media
  • Community coaching and development roles

Postgraduate level study:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester​

  • MA Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education
  • MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  • MSc Physical Activity and Public Health
  • MSc Physiotherapy (pre-registration)*
  • MSc Sports Coaching
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Biomechanics
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology (BPS route)
  • MSc Sports Performance Analysis
  • MSc Strength and Conditioning
  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Secondary
  • Postgraduate Research (PhD)                  

*Subject to approval

Work placements

The Coaching Practice and Delivery module (in the second year)  reinforces and extends professional practice by asking you to actively broaden your range of coaching and development experience through various sporting domains and different responsibilities. Examples of these include operating within the fields of disability sport, primary, secondary, and further education, university sport, and the community programmes that the University runs alongside any local ‘principle’ placement that you may have.  For example, a sport that you ‘specialise’ or are interested in.

The Chichester Institute of Sport has a dedicated placement coordinator.

Students are supported to find their own placement, and we have a placement coordinator assist students. She has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools. Additionally, we have lots of on-campus coaching opportunities so all of our students can gain experience.

Our students are from all over the UK, with the majority from the South and South East of England, with a few students from overseas. Many students find work placements in their home towns, as well as local opportunities in Sussex.

Placements are integral to your development as a student and are integrated within University-based work.

You will need to ensure you have all the necessary documentation in place before you start your placement. Some courses will insist that you complete a DBS check on entry to the course and others will require you to complete a check once you have started. Please check that you have completed all necessary documentation before commencing your placement.

To contact the Placement Coordinator please email Clare Deacon – or tel: 01243 793542

Indicative modules

Year 1

The Enquiring Practitioner 1

Developing Professional and Academic Skills

Principles & Practice in Sport & Coaching

Introduction to Coaching Contexts in Sport

Introduction to Sport and Physical Activity

Introduction to Sport Policy and Development

Active Schools


Year 2

Coaching Placement and Delivery

The Enquiring Practitioner 2

(Core) Project Management

(Option) Critical Issues in Health Promotion Lifestyle & Exercise

(Option) Critical Issues in Sport Business and Commercialisation

(Option) Pedagogy for Activity

(Option) Sport Injury and Rehabilitation

(Option) Performance Psychology

(Core) Critical Insights into Sport Development, Management & Physical Activity

(Core) Understanding and Managing Individual Differences

(Core) Children and Youth Sport


Year 3

(Core) Research Project

(Core) Active Schools (Mental Health and Well-Being)

(Core) Adapting Coaching in Difference Contexts

(Core) Delivering Sport Development – Globally

(Core) Entrepreneurial 1 (Business Set-Up)

(Core) Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community

(Core) Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring

(Option) Working with Teams

(Option) Managing People in Sport Business

(Option) Adventures in Coaching

(Option) Strategic Planning for Sport

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

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

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs


Student View: Harry Vaughan

BSc (Hons) Sport Development

“I decided to do the study abroad option for a year after I found out about it from the Institute of Sport’s admin team. The opportunity to live and study abroad in another country, the sports programmes on offer and sense of adventure appealed to me. I picked Louisiana State University (LSU) in America and study Kinesiology of Sport for a year. This counted as my second year. I picked LSU because of the Division 1 status they have for tennis (which I do in my spare time), southern hospitality, facilities, weather and courses they have to offer. I could tailor the course to suit my needs. As I was part of the sports community I was given an academic advisor to help pick the right modules which were all delivered in a variety of teaching methods and assessments.

LSU has approximately 40,000 students. The average temperature is 22 degrees and it has 100% humidity almost all year round. Between August and November, it is 30 – 37 degrees. The facilities are outstanding. There is a football stadium which is the sixth largest stadium in the world. It is called ‘Death Valley’ because it’s so loud and it often goes on the Richter scale for noise. It’s $100 for a season ticket (eight home games) although anyone who works for a team or is in a team receives free tickets.

I was asked to become Team Manager for the tennis team when I asked if I could string my racquets. The tennis co-head men’s coach said he was looking for a manager and that’s how I got in. As part of this I received athlete status which meant I got free meals and a scholarship. Within this role I was able to travel between California and Carolina and I also went to Florida, Alabama and Arkansas.

As a place to live Louisiana is incredible. The hospitality, the food which is all home cooked, such as jambalaya, gumbo, and boudain balls (jambalaya rice moulded into a ball, fried or oven cooked and can be filled with other food). There is also Mardi Gras which is massive. It’s a party every weekend for three months.

At LSU everyone wants to talk to you. I ended up going to Texas for four days with a uni neighbour as I was going to be on my own during the holidays and I also went to a friend’s house in New Orleans.

To anyone considering a study abroad option I would say go for it. It counts as your second year and my lecturers said how great an opportunity it would be. Financially, you’re not worse off and Student Finance England supported me with the costs so I’d highly recommend talking to the study abroad team. There are endless opportunities, international friends, memories and experiences that shape how you see the future. The experience rounds you as a person. Originally, I was going to go into teaching and my study abroad helped me changed my thoughts on what career I wanted to go into. I’ve been offered to do a master’s at LSU for free because I work with the team. I now have a view to stay and live in America."