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Sport Development - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

In the aftermath of the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the promise of a sporting legacy (in both a national and global context) is dependent upon effective sport development. Subsequently, there has never been a more exciting time to work in this industry. The BSc (Hons) Sport Development provides a strong foundation to pursue such a career and is highly regarded by the student body, resulting in an overall student satisfaction score of 95% in the academic year 2012-13.

The course focuses on developing students' 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. Students 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 provides students 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-based learning modules, Cardiff Met offers a plethora of 'on-campus' and external voluntary opportunities for students 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) and surrounding local authorities and National Governing Bodies of sport. This provides students 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 produce independent, knowledgeable, creative, work-ready graduates, who will be successful in their chosen careers.

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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 and Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport, both 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), work-based learning (facilitated via compulsory modules at levels 5 and 6 of the programme) and voluntary experiences during their time at University.

Year One


  • Research Process
  • Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice
  • Introduction to Physical Activity and Behaviour Change

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • Problem Based Learning in Sport Development

Options (Choose 20 Credits) from:

  • Introduction to Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport
  • Introduction to Sport Coaching/PEYear Two:

Year Two


  • Research Process

Compulsory (Programme Specific):

  • Sport Development in Practice
  • Sport Interventions: Promoting Behaviour Change
  • Sport Marketing and Entrepreneurship

Options Choose one from:

  • Sports Principles and Techniques
  • Contemporary People Management

Options Choose one from:

  • Sport Coaching/PE
  • Ethics in Sport
  • Sociology of Sport

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 Sports Cultures
  • Advanced Sport Coaching

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 VLE. Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, which are developed through a range other learning and teaching methods such as seminar, tutorials, workshops to enhance the student experience and engagement. Students are also able to meet 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-cantered 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 (usually at Level 4) and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection encouraging positive attitudes towards lifelong learning (at Levels 5 and 6).

Through the teaching and learning methods and the embedding of ‘EDGE’ (enabling 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 (as articulated by the FHEQ and CQFW). 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 a dissertation of between 8,000 to 12,000 words in the final year.

Employability & Careers

Our graduates follow careers in teaching, coaching, leisure/sports management, and community sports development. Past graduates have, and continue to obtained employment in local authorities, national governing bodies, sports councils, sports marketing companies, event management organisations the adventure activity industry and the university sector or been accepted onto management trainee programmes; others have undertaken further study at master’s level or undertaken a PGCE.

View an article from Sport Cardiff, 'Cardiff Met Students Successfully Complete Placements'.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a strong sporting profile, five GCSE passes including English and Maths at grade C or above plus:

  • 280 points from at least 3 A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades BB within a relevant subject, General Studies excluded
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Distinction Merit to include 12 Distinctions overall within a relevant subject
  • 280 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 3 x B1 grades to include a relevant subject (minimum grade C2 considered)
  • Pass Access with 45 credits at Level 3 to include 15 credits with Distinction within a relevant subject
  • 280 points from the Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades BB at A Level within a relevant subject, General Studies excluded, Core counted as fourth subject
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above

If your qualification isn't listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

For applicants only undertaking 2 A Levels / 12-unit BTEC or equivalent, other qualifications and sporting achievements will be considered.

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.

Applicants are advised not to make multiple applications for other undergraduate degree courses within the School of Sport, as applicants can change option.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

Key Facts

UCAS Code(s): C602

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Sport
Cyncoed Campus

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.

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

International Applicants:
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

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional costs please refer to

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the School Administrator:
Tel: 029 2041 6591

Come and see us
If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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