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Prepare for a career within the fields of sport development and sport coaching

3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus


Explore the relationship between coaching, leadership and participation in the development of sport

Our highly-practical BA (Hons) Sport Development course allows you to explore the connection between the development of sport and how it is coached and delivered to those who participate.

You will develop the knowledge and skills required to design and implement projects that support participation in, and development of, sport across different groups of people.

The course will also develop your practical coaching, delivery, leadership, and management skills.

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

On this course you will:

  • Explore the connection between sport development principles and how they are delivered to those who participate in sport and physical activity.
  • Support your understanding of sports development by improving your coaching skills.
  • Experience coaching across a variety of sports, and include many of them within your learning and assessments.
  • Be prepared for a career within the professional fields of sport development and coaching.

The Course

Study areas across sports development, sports coaching, sport in schools and professional skills

Our BA (Hons) Sport Development offers modules that split your focus equally across sport development, sport coaching and delivery, school sport and physical education, and academic, research, and professional skills.

You will 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 list is indicative and subject to change.

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The Enquiring Practitioner

While learning the technical components involved in the teaching and coaching of specific skills, you will also be introduced to fundamental biomechanical principles which impact performance. The module will apply research and enquiry to real-life lived experiences that are associated with your potential future career paths.

Developing Professional and Academic Skills

This module aims to help you make the transition between UK qualifications levels three and four (Year One at university) by improving intellectual and academic skills, which will support you throughout your programme. As part of the developing professional skills you will focus on issues surrounding employability and developing graduate employability skills.

Principles and Practice in Sport and 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. The module will also outline 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.

Coaching Practice and Delivery (Placement)

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 (Sport)

This module is 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

This module introduces you to the key debates and issues related to sport, health and physical activity in the UK. You will explore key definitions, concepts and components of health and physical fitness and their relationship to sport, physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

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.

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

This module allows you to examine 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.

Sport 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.


You are encouraged to identify a research question appropriate to your degree pathway that is of interest and relevance to your studies. An appropriate approach to addressing the question is then determined through discussion with tutors who have relevant theoretical and practical expertise in your chosen area.

Active Schools: Mental Health and Wellbeing (Core)

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 for Different Contexts (Core)

This module aims to extend your 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 (Core)

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 (Core)

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. You can either take this module or the 'Delivering Sport Development Globally' module.

Delivering Sport and Physical Activity in the Community (Core)

This 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 (Core)

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.

Working with Teams (Optional)

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 (Optional)

The module will investigate why people are critically important in the leisure industry. This includes all aspects of human resources from how management set the tone of an organisation's culture to how an organisation's objectives are achieved. It will explain how the staff are important in achieving this vision by ensuring that the right staff are employed and then effectively developed and motivated.

Adventures in Coaching (Optional)

You will explore current issues within the coaching process and consider their application within specific adventure sport activities. You will examine the practical scientific assessment tools to identify performer needs.

Strategic Planning For Sport (Optional)

The module is divided into key overarching themes: the philosophy of strategy; the process of strategy; the drivers of strategy and whether the crucial determinants of a strategy are the organisation of the environment. The module concludes with a discussion on the interrelationship between strategies and effective planning, theory and practice, and what this means for those that manage sport organisations.

Delivering and Consuming Fitness and Lifestyle (Optional)

You will 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

Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice


Our team of principal lecturers ensure innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation.

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.

Each module is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task. As you progress through your degree you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.


You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. 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 and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Placement Opportunities

Utilise our extensive professional networks to support your learning

In the second year, the ‘Coaching Practice and Delivery’ module reinforces and extends professional practice.

It gives you the opportunity to actively broaden your range of coaching experience through various sporting domains and contexts.

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.


Our Sport courses have a dedicated placement coordinator who is available to assist students and has a network of contacts in local clubs and schools.

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.

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.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.


Acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment with the sports industry

Our BA (Hons) Sport Development is ideal for those who are not sure of a specific career path within sport, but know that they are interested in working within areas including coaching, management, physical education or sports media.

Typical careers include:

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

Further study

You can also progress to other postgraduate level study to continue the development of your knowledge and skills and increase your employability.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Student View

"Studying at Chichester has made me a better person and I have grown as a person as well as a coach"



BA (Hons) Sport Development and MSc Sports Coaching Science graduate and now the Vice-President of the Students’ Union
"Studying at Chichester has made me a better person and I have grown as a person as well as a coach. There are multiple skills that were easily transferable, which has helped me settle into my role. For example, in my job it is essential to understand policies and procedures and being able to critically analyse them, their purpose and how they affect students. This reminds me of the critical thinking which was taught to us and how to apply it."


BA (Hons) Sport Development graduate and now Southampton Football Club Women's Player and Head Coach for a university's women's football first team
“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 that developed my confidence. 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 Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

tariff points.
A Levels
or better in both English Language and Maths.
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5


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