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BA (Hons) Sport Development


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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 sport coaching as well as developing your scientific knowledge and practical coaching skills.

Additionally, it 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. You will also gain an understanding in 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

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 me 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

You have a choice of taking either a work or coaching placement in your second year. 

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 you with invaluable experience in settings related to your programme of study.

The coaching placements look to reinforce and extend coaching practice by asking you to actively broaden your 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 that you may have.  For example, a sport that you ‘specialise’ in.

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 One

Introduction to Sport and Physical Activity

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Introduction to Sport Policy and Development

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Introduction to Coaching Contexts in Sport

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Principles and Practice of Coaching

The module will further develop the current knowledge and understanding that students have acquired and possess in the context of Association Football but apply this to a coaching perspective. The primary technical factors and decision-making processes underpinning performance in football will be examined in terms of how coaches plan, deliver and evaluate coaching sessions to help players develop critical decision-making skills and technical competence. The module content will closely follow the guidance in the FA's 'Future Game' strategy.

Active Schools

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The Enquiring Practitioner

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Professional Skills Development

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 Year Two

Critical Issues in Sport Development, Management and Physical Activity

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Developing and Monitoring Fitness for Performance and Health

In most cases, successful sporting performance is dependent on the physical development of participants to meet the demands of their activity. The aim of the module is to provide students with a grounding in the knowledge of planning physical fitness tests and fitness training programmes. Furthermore, the module aims to develop practitioners with the mentality to look for, and skills to find and evaluate, scientific evidence to support their practice.

Children and Youth Sport

The module examines the role of the coach in the development of young performers from a philosophical, sociological and ethical dimension, as well as the underlying physical and psychological concepts and processes through which young performers develop. Typical examples in this respect examine the physiological maturation processes of young performers, the psychological and social development of young performers, and the processes through which young performers acquire skilled performance. The module also examines issues such as talent identification and the role of Physical Education in developing youth sport.

Coaching Individuals

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Project Management

This module aims to equip students with the tools and skills necessary to manage projects effectively. Specific objectives are:

To demonstrate the importance of following a prescribed project management methodology

To introduce the concepts of project management in a practical way including: 1. effective scoping 2. planning 3. resource allocation 4. risk and issue management 5. project monitoring 6. reporting and review

Provide the basis for business case development and subsequent budget management.

The Enquiring Practitioner 2

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Coaching/Work Placement

This module can be undertaken in either the first and/or second semester: the nominated semester referring to the date of submission. For those students aspiring to pursue a career in teaching the placement may be undertaken prior to the commencement of Semester 1, Level 5 (after satisfactory completion of Level 4 and may only commence if approved by your supervisor at the University, two weeks prior to the start of your placement). We recommend that all students endeavour to undertake the placement and assessment within the first semester depending on the planning of your own module profile for the year. The placement may be undertaken on a flexible basis (totalling 210 hours) though should be organised so as not to be disruptive to any other modules being studied.

 Year Three

Research Project

The module introduces qualitative research tools for the purposes of gathering and analysing textual data. Students will gain knowledge of, and experience in, analysing textual data using thematic coding and an understanding of how to appropriately present research findings. This module emphasises the importance of design in qualitative research, working with people and the interpretation of data via thematic coding.

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community

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Delivering Sport Development Globally

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Coaching Alternative Sports

Particular emphasis will be placed upon the development of sport within the industrial era and its subsequent worldwide growth of traditional sporting activities. The focus of the module will be on allowing students to gain an understanding of culturally specific sports, minority sports, and sports adapted for those with disabilities. The content of the module will reflect these theoretical components, but there will also be a section allocated to the development of practical coaching and the development of the technical and coaching skills necessary for at least three alternative sports.

Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring

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International English Studies

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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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