Sport Development

UCAS codes

  • C600 -

Course contact

Laura Graham
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years
  • BSc Hons - 4 years

Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BSc Sport Development is designed to cover the key aspects of sport development. There is a strong emphasis on work-based learning and developing the practical skills relevant to the modern sports, health and fitness industries.

BSc Sport Development - University of the West of Scotland

Sport Development - 93 percent for overall student satisfaction

SQA Highers: ABBC or BBBB; including English (or ESOL), PE and 1 science^
GCE A-Levels: BBC, including English, PE and 1 science^
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H4 or H3 H3 H3 H3
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 26 points (including English or a science plus 3 other subjects at HL)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sport Coaching with Sport Development; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sport and Recreation Management (for SQA awards, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)

SQA Advanced Highers: BBB including English, PE and 1 science^
GCE A-Levels: BBB including English, PE and 1 science^
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sport Coaching with Sport Development; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sport and Recreation Management (for SQA awards, with a minimum of Grade A in the Graded Unit)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (including English and 1 science plus 2 other subjects at HL)
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Sport and Exercise Science; Sports Coaching and Development of Sport; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sport and Recreation Management (for SQA awards, preference of Grade A in the Graded Unit and a minimum of a Grade B (preference of an A) in the Graded Unit for the HNC element of the HND)
The programme develops skills and knowledge to enable you to design strategies and programmes to increase community participation in sport and to develop youth talent. The programme boasts strong links to industry that are reflected in programme design, work experience opportunities and the employment outlook for UWS students.

Students have undertaken workplace learning opportunities with organisations such as Motherwell Football Club and Virgin Active.

Year 1

Topics include introductory coaching, sport and exercise science, general academic skills, physical activity and health, and sport development.

Year 2

Essential subjects are studied in more depth, with an introduction to sports policy, skills acquisition and workplace learning.

Year 3

Studies become more specialised, focusing on practical applications. Topics include social issues in sport development and coaching, and psychology of sport and exercise. A second workplace learning experience is undertaken.

Year 4 (Honours)

Global issues in sport development, sport development practice and policy and leisure facility management are covered. You will also undertake an Honours dissertation, a year-long independent study with a sport development focus.
Graduates are multi-skilled and equipped to provide sport development support and leadership in the sport, exercise and fitness industries. Opportunities for employment can be found in local authorities, professional sport and commercial and government organisations.

Study abroad

Students have undertaken exchange opportunities in Spain and the USA

The course has enhanced my knowledge and understanding of sport. Lecturers are friendly and approachable and I’d recommend UWS and the Sports Development course to anyone interested in this area.
Scott Chaplain, BA (Hons) Sport Development student

Useful Information

  • 97% students in work/further study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)  

    90% agreed staff were good at explaining things (NSS 2015) 

    NB: There is a requirement to purchase a UWS sports kit which will be used during practical classes and whilst on placement representing the university.

    Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme)

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