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BSc (Hons) Sport Development

Sport Development - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​​​Endorsed by:
CIMSPA (the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)

UCAS Code: C602

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.


Course Overview

Participation in sport and physical activity has a plethora of associated benefits ranging from improved health to developing elite performers but the extent to which these benefits are realised is dependent upon the process of sport development. In short, sport development is about providing opportunities and pathways for people to take part and fulfil their potential in sport. Pursuing a career in this industry provides graduates with a chance to impact on peoples’ perceptions of and engagement with sport and physical activity, which has much greater implications for the UK economy and the wider world.  

The BSc (Hons) Sport Development degree provides a strong foundation to pursue such a career and is highly regarded by the student body.​

The course focuses on developing your intellectual knowledge and understanding of sport development within a local, national and international context, with a focus on school, community and elite sport. Course content considers the macro and micro components of effective sport development in relation to sport policy, sport management and marketing and the structure and resourcing of sport. 

You will complete compulsory problem-based learning and work placement modules, facilitating a better understanding of both the theory and practice of sport development and the relationship between the two. In particular, this will provide you with a good understanding of how sporting opportunities are developed and their potential impact within the different sport development settings.

In addition to the course specific work placement modules, Cardiff Met offers a plethora of 'on-campus' and external voluntary opportunities for you to pursue. Whilst there will be opportunities to engage in coaching and facility management/administration roles on campus, the University also has excellent links with Sport Cardiff (Cardiff Council’s sport development department), in addition to surrounding local authorities and National Governing Bodies of sport. This will provide you student with access to a wealth of valuable experiential learning opportunities (within school, community and elite settings), which will facilitate further development of key vocational skills.

Overall, the Sport Development course aims to ensure that you will be an independent, knowledgeable, creative, work-ready graduate, who will be successful in your chosen career.

The Sport Development degree has recently been endorsed by CIMSPA (the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity), the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. The endorsement recognises that the BSC (Hons) Sport Development degree at CMU maps to industry standards and has links to employment.  To find out more about CIMSPA, please visit


Course information on this page relates to September 2018 entry.​

​Course Content​

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.

Year One


  • 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*

Year Two


  • Research Process*

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*

Year Three


  • Independent Project*

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​:

  • A Levels: 112 points to include grades BB. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject​

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DDM in a relevant subject
  • VTCT Extended Diploma in Sports Studies with DDM overall
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 112 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • Scottish Advanced​ Highers: 112 points with grades CC
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits at Merit
  • Applicants should preferably have a strong sporting profile

 *For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.       

Applicants are normally made an offer based on the details above. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels (or equivalent) or are not predicted to meet the standard tariff offer above, applications will be considered based on the strength of the whole 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.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

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 Op​en and Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers. 

Selection Procedure:
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 For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at: 

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Support Team:

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting