The curriculum has been designed to become progressively more focused and specialised across the three years of the programme. In addition to the compulsory Sport Development modules, you will have the opportunity to pursue other areas of theoretical interest, such as Sport Coaching, Sociology of Sport and Ethics in Sport, all of which are highly relevant to the sport development industry. In addition to their comprehensive theoretical and practical academic framework, students are encouraged to build up a portfolio of UKCC coaching qualifications (which they can work towards as part of the Sports Principles and Techniques modules), placement learning (facilitated via compulsory modules in years two and three of the programme) and voluntary experiences during their time at University.
- Introduction to the Research Process*
- Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice
Compulsory (Programme Specific):
- Introduction to Sport Development
- Problem Based Learning in Sport Development
- Introduction to Physical Activity and Behaviour Change
Options (Choose one from):
- Contemporary Issues in Sport and Physical Education*
- Introduction to Sport Coaching/PE*
Compulsory (Programme Specific):
- Sport Development in Practice
- Sport Interventions: Promoting Behaviour Change
- Sport Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Options Choose two from:
- Applied Principles and Techniques (Choose one or two: - Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Water Polo.)
- Problem Based Learning through Outdoor Adventurous Activities
- Contemporary People Management
Options Choose one from:
- Sport Coaching/PE*
- Ethics in Sport
- Sociological Theory of Sport, Exercise & Health*
Compulsory (Programme Specific):
- Strategic Management and Change
- Applied Sport Development
Options choose one from:
- Marketing and Event Management
- Contemporary Issues in Sport Development
And one from:
- Ethical Issues in Sport
- Sociology of Sport and Physical Culture*
- Problem Based Learning for Coaching*
* Module also available through medium of Welsh.
Learning & Teaching
Learning, teaching and assessment methods have been selected to ensure the educational aims and the learning outcomes of modules and the programme are achieved.
The learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials and staff and students are expected to support these sessions via a Virtual Learning Environment. Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, which are developed through a range other learning and teaching methods such as seminar, tutorials, workshops (which are often taught in personal tutor groups, facilitated by the students’ personal tutor) to enhance the student experience and engagement. Students are also able to meet personal tutors or any other members of staff on a one to one basis. As a school, we are keen to implement the principal aim of Cardiff Metropolitan University's Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategy: To provide student-ce ntered learning opportunities that deliver a quality and flexible learning environment, improving personalised support and access to academic staff.
These selected methods emphasise and facilitate students' critical development, and cohere around the integration of practice and theory. Through the programme, students will normally experience both tutor-led learning and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning.
Through the teaching and learning methods and the embedding of 'EDGE' (skills which enable the development of graduate employability) students will be equipped with, develop and be able to demonstrate graduate attributes as defined by Cardiff Metropolitan University and Cardiff School of Sport. We aim to help them to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars. The teaching and learning has been designed so that from induction to graduation, students will encounter a learning experience that is coherent and develops their identity within their programme of study. A principal concept of this programme is to enable students to apply theory to practice.
The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is used for that area of study. Modes of assessment are designed to reflect that students have fulfilled the learning outcomes of the programme of study, or part of a programme, and have achieved the standard required to progress to the next stage or to qualify for an award. Assessments support the student learning experience and provide opportunities for students to engage in formative and summative assessments to test knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding.
The undergraduate modules are assessed primarily by a combination of varying types of assessments (e.g., written coursework, poster presentations, oral presentations, portfolios, seen and unseen exams, practical skills assessments) that are designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills. Students who wish to obtain an honours degree award will be expected to produce an independent project of between 8,000 to 12,000 words in the final year.
Employability & Careers
On graduation you will be able to follow a career in sports development, leisure/sports management, coaching and teaching. Specifically, past graduates have obtained employment in local authorities, national governing bodies, sports councils, sports marketing companies, event management organisations, the adventure activity industry and the university sector. Graduates have also been accepted onto management trainee programmes; other have undertaken further study at master's level or undertaken a PGCE.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants should normally have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Maths* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 112 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.
For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
Sport Applicant Days:
Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open and Applicant Days, please click here.
Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers.
are advised not to make multiple applications for other undergraduate degree courses within the Cardiff School of Sport, as applicants may have the chance to change option.
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at: www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/selfservice