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BA (Hons) Sport Development


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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

3 years Full Time

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Top 30
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Entry Requirements and Fees

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.


2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22  International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

Shannon, Southampton FC Women's Player and Head Coach for a university's women's football first team
BA (Hons) Sport Development
When deciding what university to choose from my options, I decided to study at the University of Chichester due to the standard of the course being better than other local universities. The wealth of knowledge and experience of lecturers also attracted me to the University. On top of this, the women’s football team was competing in the BUCS Premier; as a keen football player, I wanted to experience playing in the top university league. My degree gave me an understanding of the landscape of sport and how to plan and deliver projects that engage the local community. I gained practical coaching experience which developed my confidence to plan-do-review within my job role. Alongside this, studying a degree developed key skills such as time management, communication and presentation skills, and the ability to work within a team. These skills I have translated into my job role.

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. Our students are involved in community engagement projects working with local children, colleges and outreach groups, including those with disabilities. 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 you 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.

Key facts about the Institute of Sport:

  • We have an extensive network of partnerships with over 400 local schools and clubs to support our students on placement 

  • We are host to one of only 10 Basketball England Talent Hubs and are a central Hub for Basketball in the South East

  • We are host to one of only eight  FA Womens’ High Performance Football Centres

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 One

The Enquiring Practitioner 1

The aim of the module is to develop an enquiring mind and is designed to steadily build knowledge and understanding of research and enquiry in physical education and sports pedagogy.  

Developing Professional and Academic Skills

This module aims to help you make the transition between UK qualifications levels three and four by advancing intellectual and academic skills, which will support you throughout your programme. You will benefit from small-group, interactive and student-led sessions.

Principles and Practice in Sport & Coaching

This module facilitates an understanding of the principles and processes associated with planning, delivering, and evaluating a coaching session. You will learn about the coaching process and the role of coaching in supporting participation and performance, and the key factors associated with the delivery of an effective coaching session.  

Introduction to Coaching Contexts in Sport

The module will discuss the role of different providers for coaching, coach education, and development and identify the impact of political and financial climates as drivers behind the developing opportunities to work within a diverse range of contexts. The implications of these on the skill set required to be an effective coach within different contexts will be examined along with potential employment opportunities.

Introduction to Sport, Health and Physical Activity

An introduction to the key debates and issues related definitions, concepts, and components of health and physical fitness in the UK. It aims to provide an understanding of how lifestyle factors, social and environmental structures influence decisions to engage in sport and physical activity.

Introduction to Sport Policy and Development

The module aims to cover the fundamental political ideologies that inform the foundations, objectives, and development processes for sport policy. You will engage with the most significant policies and strategies to have shaped sport development in the UK before applying this knowledge to localised or organisational sport policies.

Active Schools

Explore the issues surrounding Physical Education and its role in the health and activity agenda.  Consideration of personal and social barriers and facilitators within and outside the school environment will also be given.


Year Two

Core modules:

Coaching Placement and Delivery

The module introduces various evidence-based and interdisciplinary practices and requires you to apply these practices in real-world coaching. This is achieved via peer coaching in taught practical sessions, and during the coaching placement hours (normally 50) required across the duration of the module. 

The Enquiring Practitioner 2

This module seeks to develop your knowledge and understanding from The Enquiring Practitioner 1 and help prepare you for your final year dissertation. You will conceive of, plan and execute small-scale research. The aim of this ‘dress rehearsal’ is to develop your appreciation of the project management aspect of the research process.

Project Management

An introduction to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective sports project. The methodology used will be PRINCE2 to develop your own sports project. The content will include: Introduction to Project Management, Planning a Project, and Managing Successful Projects.

Critical issues in Sport Development, Management and Physical Activity

Critically explore contemporary issues with the organisation, practice and delivery of sport, management and physical activity. You will advance your understanding by critiquing the various roles of practitioners, the projects they engage with, and current topics that challenge the sectors. Where possible, teaching includes engagement with industry practitioners.

Understanding and Managing Individual Differences 

Build on your understanding of effective teaching and coaching by understanding and applying principles of equality and inclusive practice.

Children and Youth Sport

This module aims to give you an overview of a number of issues related to coaching children in sport and/or providing sports opportunities for them. The module examines the development of the young performer from a multidisciplinary perspective and aims to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge through appropriate assignments. 

Optional modules:

Critical Issues in Health Promotion, Lifestyle and Exercise

The module aims to provide you with a critical appreciation of the principles, theory and practice of health promotion in the UK. This will involve the application of the knowledge of sport, health and physical activity in the context of the wider social, cultural and environmental issues facing agents of health promotion.

Critical Issues in Sport Business and Commercialisation

Critique the opportunities and constraints for sport as it develops according to business and commercial principles in the UK and globally. Concepts and terms from sport business and sport management are viewed through social science perspectives to challenge issues of control, exploitation and dominance.

Pedagogy for Activity 

This module aims to further your understanding as to the ‘why’ surrounding physical activity through Physical Education. You will develop your knowledge and personal philosophy as to what you believe you want to deliver, how, and why, in accordance with school and Governmental policies. 

Sports Injury and Prevention

This module aims to develop an awareness of potential injury situations and predisposing factors to injury in sport. Familiarity with types of sports injury and treatment procedures should aid in the prevention and effective treatment of injury in the workplace. 

Performance Psychology

This module will introduce you to the key theories and concepts in performance psychology, examining theory and research into a range of factors (e.g. confidence, motivation, emotional regulation) that have been proposed to contribute to performance in sport and other achievement domains


Year Three

Core modules:

Research Project

You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. The investigation may be based within single or multiple disciplines. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors in your chosen area.

Active Schools (Mental Health and Wellbeing)

The module aims to analyse the contribution of sport and physical activity to mental health and wellbeing. The influence of the role of teachers/coaches and pedagogical practice on the growing and developing brain will be examined. Environmental and individual factors will be scrutinised with a view to you having a functional understanding of key issues and actions that you can apply when working as teachers, coaches or in other settings involving children and young people.   

Adapting Coaching in Difference Contexts 

This module aims to extend student coaching experience across a range of coaching contexts and develop expertise within less familiar sporting activities and types of groups. You will explore globalisation and the emergence of different sports cultures including countercultural and disability sports.

Delivering Sport Development Globally or Entrepreneurial (Business Set-Up)

​Delivering Sport Development Globally - This module critically examines the distinction in sport development – the development of sport and sport for development – as seen in contexts around the world. It explores issues that are particular to areas of the world and critiques the extent to which sport is contributing to and overcoming such issues. You will critically analyse various sport development agendas to inform your efforts to formulate your own sport development project in a country that is not the UK. 

Entrepreneurial (Business Set-Up) - The module adopts a very practical focus. It concentrates upon the planning that needs to be undertaken prior to the start-up of a small business. From your perspective, the primary output of the module is to produce a persuasive business proposal. The main intention of the module is to allow you to draw on the toolkit of understanding that you have developed within your studies to date. As a consequence, you are required to independently manage your own progress in achieving the learning outcomes and preparing for the assessment. 

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community 

The module examines the importance of staging community sport events or projects in the context of modern sports development. It will give you the opportunity to understand, in part through practical engagement, the complexity of staging community sport events and the management and administrative processes associated with them.

Critical Reflection in Coaching and Mentoring

An introduction to theoretical and practical concepts related to the development and mentoring of coaches. You will critically examine the methods and processes through which coaches learn and develop. It will embed theories of learning and critically explore philosophies of education as they relate to the development of competent sports coaches.

Optional modules:

Working with Teams 

This module focuses on the requirements of effective coaching delivery within groups and teams. It will critically analyse and address the knowledge and skills necessary to work with groups of athletes across key coaching contexts. You will understand how to assess the needs of a group, and the individuals within, and address this in your planning and delivery. 

Managing People in Sport Business

Establish essential knowledge, skills and behaviours that are needed to meet an Entry Manager’s role when managing a range of staff. It will provide a critical understanding of the key aspects required in the management of people including the fundamental human resource management topics as they are applied to the sport and physical activity industry.

Adventures in Coaching

Explore current issues within the coaching process considering their application within specific adventure sport activities. Humanistic and Long-Term Athlete Development principles are considered. Observation and analysis of performance will be examined along with practical scientific assessment tools to identify performer needs. Developmental activities will be explored including the application of sports science in the development of training programmes within specific adventure contexts.

Strategic Planning for Sport

The module provides a comprehensive and detailed understanding of strategic planning techniques and processes applicable to sport and business. It includes the process of strategy, planning and analysis, and the drivers of strategy in the organisation or the environment.

Delivering and Consuming Fitness and Lifestyle

Explore the ways in which physical activity, health and fitness are consumed in contemporary society. The module examines the fitness industry and the associated commercialisation of fitness products and services and plots social media’s role in portraying notions of the ‘ideal’ body for men and women and the implications this has for children.

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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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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."

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