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

Sport Development - 93 percent for overall student satisfaction

This UWS degree 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.
  • SQA Highers: ABBC or BBBB inc English, PE + 1 science
  • GCE A-Levels: BBC inc English, PE + 1 science
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: ABBC2 or BBBB 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points (5, 5 at HL) English or 1 science and SL Sports, Exercise & Health Science
  • SQA Advanced Highers: BBB 
  • GCE A-Levels: BBB
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points inc English or 1 science
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM
  • SQA HNC-D or BTEC Level 4-5 HNC-D: Sport Coaching with Sport Development, Health & Fitness; Sport and Recreation Management
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree / DipHE: Applied Sports Science; Coaching and Development of Sport; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sport Coaching with Sport Development; Health and Fitness; Sport and Recreation Management with passes in Graded Unit at Grade A.
Your application will also be assessed on your interests, experience, other relevant qualifications; and academic reference. You may be invited for an interview and assessed on a piece of academic writing. Year 2 or Year 3 entry may be possible for applicants who can demonstrate the following: Level 3 (or above) coaching award, a history of attending professional development short courses delivered by an NGB, Sports Coach UK, or other agency, significant coaching experience, evidence of having achieved a Community Sport Leaders Award, a recognised National Governing Body Award, or United Kingdom Coaching Certificate Level 2 (UKCC L2) qualification and/or suitable work experience. Predicted grades may be considered.
The programme develops skills and knowledge to enable you to design strategies and programmes to increase community participation in sport and 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.

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.
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

  • Applicants will be required to join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme), managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland.

    For course availability check UCAS

    * Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015