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BA (Hons) Sports Development and Management

Develop expertise in community sport, health, youth development and event management, on a degree endorsed by CIMSPA, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

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    UCAS Code: C6N2
    Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time
    Start Dates: September 2020
    Subjects: Sport and Physical Activity
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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    Clearing & Adjustment: Places Available

    Sports Development and Management is a rapidly growing area which covers youth and elite sport, community and organisational development, the promotion of health and wellbeing, business and enterprise, corporate social responsibility and how sport can contribute to positive social change. Designed for those seeking careers in these popular fields, this degree develops the applied and theoretical knowledge needed to implement contemporary sport policy and development programmes in local, national and international contexts. The knowledge, skills and experiences developed are also valued by employers from beyond the sport industry. The programme, which is endorsed by CIMSPA, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, prepares you for employment in this expanding area where you can make a real difference to people’s lives both inside and outside sport.

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    In Year 1 you will gain a solid foundation in understanding the setting for working in sports development and management. Modules comprise several core themes which provide the structure for this degree and include youth and community development, the promotion of health through sport and physical activity, and athlete welfare and wellbeing. You will gain valuable practical skills enabling you to apply theory to practice and the opportunity to engage in a variety of accreditation activities which will prove vital to your future employment.

    In Year 2 you will acquire specialised and applied knowledge about a range of contemporary issues in the development and management of sports participation. These include understanding the delivery of effective youth and community sport, managing organisations and working in the public, private and voluntary sectors, preventing abuse and enhancing athlete welfare in sport. You will gain valuable practical experience of planning and implementing a sports event and investigating and presenting key issues in the sports industry.

    In Year 3 you will specialise in one of the three core themes of this degree: youth and community development; the promotion of health through sport and physical activity; or athlete welfare and wellbeing. Optional modules within each theme enable you to tailor these to your individual needs and career interests. Applied tasks in all modules offer you the opportunity to address practical scenarios using the knowledge you have developed within your specialism. These tasks are matched closely to industry needs and employment trends. You will also undertake an independent research project in an area of interest designed to help you get ahead in the job market.

    How will I study?

    Learning and teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, tutorials, workshops and study skills sessions to help you manage the transition to university. In addition there will be fieldwork, directed independent study, supervised individual research and ICT-based learning. For each module you will have a detailed handbook that tells you what sessions are about, what to read, how you will be assessed, coursework guidance, and how module content relates to your employment, both in and beyond sports settings.

    You will gain valuable work-related experience and skills throughout the modules during the programme. Year 3 culminates in a work placement that enables you to apply and assess your knowledge in an employment-based setting.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessments are both individual and team-based and enable you to develop your presentation skills through applied development and management tasks. These include the writing of essays and project reports, critical appraisals of development strategies, evaluations of management practices, preparation of poster presentations, planning and delivering practical sessions, and undertaking a piece of original independent research.

    Who will be teaching me?

    You will be taught by highly enthusiastic and committed staff who have a wealth of experience working with a variety of sport and non-sport organisations. They draw upon these links to ensure you gain vital practical experiences to prepare you for the world of work. Teaching staff are also involved in national and international research projects which influence the way sport is developed and managed, ensuring you are given the most up-to-date knowledge relevant to your future employment.

    A Great Study Environment

    A student shows one of her peers the best technique for throwing a ball.All courses in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity place a strong emphasis on practical work, underpinned by outstanding facilities including dedicated biochemistry, biomechanics, performance analysis, physiology and psychology laboratories.

    The performance analysis laboratory provides access to industry-standard software and audio-visual equipment for the analysis of athletic and coaching performance, while the biochemistry laboratory enables you to collect and accurately analyse a wide range of metabolites, using the latest technology, to determine the physiological responses of athletes and others, to a variety of exercise stresses such as running, cycling and rowing.

    There is a dedicated sports therapy clinic, providing a clinical learning environment in which to gain practical experience, as well as a functional rehabilitation centre where bespoke rehabilitation programmes for individuals or small groups can be implemented.

    Additional learning resources include high quality eye-tracking systems in a specialist vision analysis laboratory where you can measure hand-eye coordination, ocular-motor control, reaction times, cognition and other mechanisms associated with visual perception. Cutting edge musculoskeletal assessment tools combine with a dedicated strength and conditioning area in our MSk laboratory where you can assess athletes and implement (p)rehabilitation programmes. Isokinetic dynamometry, electromyography and dynamic balance assessment can all be conducted with immediate transfer to exercise prescription.

    In the Sleep, Exercise and Performance laboratory, you can measure the responses of individuals to sleep, sleep deprivation and changes in the circadian rhythms of a variety of biological processes. This helps to determine the best time to exercise or when individuals need to sleep and recover.

    Complementing the impressive academic facilities, there are £30 million of sport and leisure facilities across 60 acres on campus, including top-of-the-range 3G football and rugby pitches, hockey pitches, tennis courts, a competition-standard athletics track and an athletics field. The University sports centre boasts a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball, netball and squash, a 100-station fitness suite, aerobics studio and a health suite with sauna and steam rooms.


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    Year 1

    SPT1726Introduction to Sport, Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)

    Introduction to Sport, Physical Activity and Health examines the complex relationships that exist between sport, physical activity and health. You will become familiar with the major ways of sourcing, analysing and explaining data on participation in sport and physical activity and discover how this data is used to inform the work of practitioners and policy-makers. In doing so, you will be encouraged to undertake a variety of guided and independent searches for relevant data on key health outcomes at international, national and local levels and relate these to interventions intended to promote sport and physical activity. The module also introduces you to the principles of organising and managing people in the health sector.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Written Exam(s): 50%.

    SPT1727Introduction to Sport, Equity and Welfare (20 credits)

    Introduction to Sport, Equity and Welfare will familiarise you with the work of the Child Protection in Sport Unit based in England. In particular, you will examine the Safeguarding Framework and Safeguarding Standards and discover how these can be applied in real life sporting contexts. You will be encouraged to reflect upon the ways in which principles of equity can be embedded within sport and wider society to safeguard the wellbeing of participants and determine how considerations of welfare may be incorporated within the management and priorities of sports and social welfare organisations.

    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    SPT1729Introduction to Sport Policy and Development (20 credits)

    Introduction to Sport Policy and Development equips you with an understanding of the sport policy process and the development work that emerges from it. The module introduces you to the main sectors in which sporting opportunities are provided and managed, namely the public, private and voluntary sectors. It also explains how sport is organised and administered in the UK, using examples from physical education and school sport, community sport, and elite sport. You will be introduced to the ways in which sporting programmes are expected to address wider government objectives through sport development activity and consider how the key principles of organisational management are enacted to achieve these aims.

    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    SPT1730Introduction to Sport, Business and Leisure Management (20 credits)

    Introduction to Sport, Business and Leisure Management equips you with foundational knowledge in the growing sectors of sports business and leisure management. You will be introduced to all of the major principles of management in the public, private and third sectors and will be able to locate these in the context of major uses of leisure and government policy. You will also be encouraged to examine some of the key aspects of strategic management in the sports, business and leisure industries.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    SPT1731Introduction to Critical Thinking for Sports Research (20 credits)

    Introduction to Critical Thinking for Sports Research requires you to become familiar with the academic conventions of studying in higher education. You will become proficient with the expected standards for the referencing and submission of work, thinking and writing in a critically analytical manner, and identifying appropriate literature from books, journals and other appropriate sources to inform your thinking. You will also be introduced to important ways of searching relevant databases both within and beyond sports contexts.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPT1830Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy (20 credits)

    Introduction to Coaching Pedagogy will provide you with an understanding of the essential pedagogical nature of coaching work. The module will make you aware of the fundamental assumptions underpinning a selection of learning theories, as well as developing your knowledge of how these theories could be applied to facilitate and assess learning in coaching settings. You will also become familiar with the issues and practices surrounding the creation and maintenance of positive learning environments.

    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    Year 2

    SPT2726Doing Real World Sports Research (20 credits)

    Doing Real World Sports Research develops your ability to define appropriate research questions, to select appropriate methods and methodologies to help answer those questions, and to undertake data analysis. You will also become familiar with a range of research designs and sampling techniques and learn how leading researchers carry out their real-life research projects, negotiate practical day-to-day problems, and manage the difficulties and setbacks that are a normal part of the research process.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPT2727Employability and Enterprise in the Sports Business (20 credits)

    Employability and Enterprise in the Sports Business familiarises you with the changing business-oriented needs of the sports industry and related employment sectors. You will be introduced to the various ways in which your skills and abilities can be matched to the demands of the sport and leisure industries. You will become proficient in undertaking self-appraisals, marketing your needs to prospective employers, identifying innovative and entrepreneurial ways of working, and anticipating trends in the local, national and global sports industry.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPT2728Contemporary Issues in Sport Management and Event Planning (20 credits)

    Contemporary Issues in Sport Management and Event Planning enhances your knowledge of the key principles of sport and event management, especially human resource management, finance, budgeting and social marketing, and applies these in real-life practical settings. The module enables you to obtain valuable experience of planning and delivering events for local communities. You will work as part of a group to apply knowledge of planning theory to a selected event in partnership with key strategic partners and other sports industry organisations.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    You will select three of the following modules:

    SPT2730Contemporary Issues in Sport and Athlete Welfare (20 credits)

    Contemporary Issues in Sport and Athlete Welfare provides you with an opportunity to apply your knowledge to various contemporary issues in athlete welfare, particularly in relation to young athletes. The module explores the implications of early specialisation in sport, intensive training, managing experiences of injury in sport, eating disorders and disordered eating in sport, and mental health and wellbeing. You will be encouraged to locate the sporting experiences of athletes in the context of broader life stages (especially childhood and youth), major policy legislation such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and dominant management practices in sport. The aim is to advance your understanding of the reality of modern sports cultures.

    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    SPT2731Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport (20 credits)

    Contemporary Issues in Safeguarding and Child Protection in Sport gives you the opportunity to apply your understanding of equity and welfare to a more specific feature of modern sport, namely safeguarding and child protection. The module introduces you to a variety of contemporary issues, including sexual abuse and harassment, physical abuse, socio-emotional abuse, maltreatment, cyber bullying, hazing, and initiation ceremonies. Wherever possible, these issues will be examined in a local, national and international context, in order to broaden your understanding and prepare you for working in the field of safeguarding and child protection in sport.

    Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

    SPT2732Contemporary Issues in Community Sport Development and Coaching (20 credits)

    Contemporary Issues in Community Sport Development and Coaching examines key aspects of the policy and practice of community sport development. The module introduces you to the ways in which community sport development is organised and delivered, the role of practitioners, and how organisations seek to manage the behaviours of participants and coaches through the enactment of policy. Particular emphasis is placed on the ways in which national governing bodies of sport, schools, coaches and volunteers each make an important contribution to the provision and management of community sport in club settings, as well as developing communities through sport.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    SPT2733Contemporary Issues in Sport and Youth Development (20 credits)

    Contemporary Issues in Sport and Youth Development focuses on the management and delivery of community development programmes that utilise sport and physical activity for social policy purposes. You will examine how the development of young people through the provision of sports programmes, delivered locally, nationally and globally, is one of the core priorities of sport development activity. The module will enable you to become familiar with the mechanisms, processes and contexts that produce particular outcomes associated with sports programmes so that their effectiveness can be better understood.

    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    SPT2734Contemporary Issues in Sport, Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)

    Contemporary Issues in Sport, Physical Activity and Health introduces you to contemporary issues in sport, physical activity and health. The module requires you to consider the complex biological, social and environmental factors that influence and explain participation levels in sport and physical activity. In doing so, you will examine theoretical models to understand behaviour, as well as key determinants, and explore the effectiveness of behaviour change techniques in sport and physical activity contexts. You will also advance your understanding and awareness of tools to measure health outcomes, explore the use of new technologies to monitor and improve health, and enhance your skills in the analysis and interpretation of sport, physical activity and health-related data.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    Year 3

    SPT3220Dissertation (40 credits)

    Dissertation allows you to engage in an in-depth independent research project, specialising your focus on a relevant area of interest.

    Assessment: Coursework: 80%, Practical(s): 20%.

    SPT3728Applied Work Placement in Sports Development and Management (20 credits)

    Applied Work Placement in Sports Development and Management enables you to obtain real-life experience of working with employers from local, national and international contexts in order to enhance your awareness and understanding of the needs of sports-related sectors. You will liaise with employers on a regular basis on this year-long module and engage in a range of personal development activities. Throughout the module, you will work in groups on a real-life project, apply key principles of management, and produce a presentation that outlines how an initiative that you have designed will be implemented, managed and assessed during a six-week placement.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    You will select three of the following modules:

    SPT3729Working in Sport, Physical Activity and Health (20 credits)

    Working in Sport, Physical Activity and Health requires you to examine the complex relationships that exist between sport, physical activity and health and apply your knowledge to real-life work scenarios. You will analyse the existing Government policy and interventions designed to promote physical and mental health, via sport and physical activity participation, and relate these to the principles of sports development and management. You will be encouraged to undertake a range of independent research activities that enhance your understanding of the ways in which the health-related interventions operate at local, national and international levels and how their effectiveness can be improved to make a positive impact on wellbeing.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    SPT3730Working in Elite Sport Development and Coaching (20 credits)

    Working in Elite Sport Development and Coaching will familiarise you with the existing policy context of elite sport, the development of elite sport development systems, and the relationships that exist between coaches, sports science support staff, national governing bodies of sport, performance directors, and other significant members of athletes networks. Informed by the principles of human resource management, resource allocation, funding and budgetary considerations, the module requires you to consider the ways in which elite sports systems are managed to achieve their intended policy goals.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    SPT3731Working in Community Sport Development and Coaching (20 credits)

    Working in Community Sport Development and Coaching (20 credits) will familiarise you with the existing policy context of community (sport) development, the use of sport as a tool for community development and regeneration, and the relationships that exists between community sports workers, other workers in the public, private and third sectors, and those working elsewhere in the sports industry. You will examine how these organisations are managed, by whom, for what purposes, and with what social outcomes.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    SPT3732Working in Sport and Athlete Welfare (20 credits)

    Working in Sport and Athlete Welfare enables you to relate theory to practice by engaging in real-life situations where action is taken to safeguard athlete welfare. The module provides you with first-hand experience of understanding how athlete welfare policy is translated into practice in the sports world and how you can contribute to the development of safe and effective sporting environments.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    SPT3733Working in Sports Business and Leisure Management (20 credits)

    Working in Sports Business and Leisure Management provides you with an opportunity to use your knowledge and skills of sports business and leisure management to prepare for pursuing a career in these sectors. The module develops your awareness of strategy, accounting and finance, marketing, human resource management, managing people and change in organisations, entrepreneurship and governance, corporate social responsibility and ethics, all of which will be developed via theoretically-informed practical examples from the ‘real world’ of sports business and the leisure industries.

    Assessment: Coursework: 60%, Practical(s): 40%.

    Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


    Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    Typical offer 112 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Physical Education, Sports Studies or a Science subject. A related subject including Business and Management would also be welcomed.

    If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

    Example Offers

    Some examples of how you can achieve 112 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

    • A Level: BBC;
    • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
    • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply;
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

    Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

    As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

    For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

    EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

    International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

    English Language Requirements

    International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

    If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    On completion you will be well qualified to pursue careers in a variety of areas which require graduates with expertise in management and development, both in sport and other occupational settings. These include sports development and management, national governing bodies of sport, health, physical activity and exercise referral, the fitness, leisure and coaching industries, and in research and consultancy positions in the business world. You may also have the opportunity to progress onto postgraduate study.

    How can I enhance my employability?

    It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

    Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

    • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
    • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
    • Learning a Language – you may be able to participate in Language Steps classes, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as additional study.

    Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK or EU student who will be joining this undergraduate degree in academic year 2020/21, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21 are £12,250 per annum.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK and EU students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK and EU students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining this programme in academic year 2020/21, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2020/21 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradfinance2020.

    Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.


    Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

    These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

    An additional scholarship, which you may qualify to receive, rewards outstanding grades and is available to eligible UK and EU students.

    To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


    How to Apply

    Apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com.

    Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

    Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

    Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

    Visit Us

    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about all of our events for prospective students, including monthly campus tours, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

    Request a Prospectus

    If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

    Get in Touch

    If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

    International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    4th July 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements have been revised to 112 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Physical Education, Sports Studies, or a Science subject. A related subject including Business and Management would also be welcomed.

    Additionally, DBS Enhanced Disclosure continues to be required.

    17th December 2018 - Change to Entry Requirements

    GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above has been removed from the entry criteria.