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The UWS BSc Sport Development has been designed to develop your knowledge and skills to enable more and more individuals to lead healthy, active lifestyles.

Sport development is all about working with clubs and sports organisations to help them to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

The course covers everything from helping organisations to identify and attract new participants and members, looking at different ways of working, identify new revenue streams, and developing stronger links with partners in the local community and industry.

The School of Science and Sport has an enthusiastic and committed staff team that provides a supportive learning environment and a flexible approach to study. Sport Development is offered at our state-of-the-art Lanarkshire Campus.

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Study Abroad

UWS offers opportunities for our students to study abroad via our exchange programmes.

Study abroad is extremely beneficial to personal and professional development and research has shown that worldwide employers value graduates with intercultural awareness and global competences.

Our BSc Sport Development students have completed successful exchanges with universities in the USA and Spain.

Placement Opportunities

There is a strong emphasis on placement learning and developing the modern sport development industry. We have excellent links with a number of clubs and organisations, including Motherwell Football Club, Virgin Active and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture which provide work-based learning opportunities. However, we also encourage you to identify organisations which will be able to provide appropriate placement opportunities and that you are interested in working with as part of the course.


of BSc Sport Development students are in work or study 6 months after completing their degree


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Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.
If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: ABBC or BBBB including English (or ESOL) and PE or 108 UCAS Tariff points

  • A levels: CCC including English and PE or 96 UCAS Tariff points

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H4 or H3 H3 H3 H3 including 1 science subject plus 3 subjects at Higher Level

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 27 points including English or 1 science subject plus 3 subjects at Higher Level

  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sport Coaching with Sport Development or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Sport & Recreation Management (with Grade B in the Graded Unit)

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBC including English, PE and 1 science subject
  • A levels: BBC including English, PE and 1 science subject
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points including English and 1 science subject plus 2 subjects at Higher Level
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sports Coaching with Sport Development or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Sport & Recreation Management (with Grade A in the Graded Unit)

(Applicant Interview may be required)

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Sport & Exercise Science or Sports Coaching & Development of Sport or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Health & Fitness or Sport & Recreation Management (AA plus Grade A in the Graded Unit)

(Applicant Interview may be required)

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests


IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5


Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

The UWS BSc Sport Development provides a broad understanding of the principles and application of sport development. In years 3 and 4 students will have the opportunity to tailor their learning to their interests and career options, and complete a dissertation in their own area of interest.

Year 1

In year 1 you will develop a basic understanding of sport coaching, sport development and sport and exercise science. You will also learn about general academic skills and physical activity and health.

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 22%
  • Independent study: 78%



  • Practical: 22%
  • Coursework: 78%

Year 2

In year 2 you will develop your understanding of sport policy, skill acquisition and workplace learning. You will take part in your first placement with an industry partner.

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 22%
  • Independent study: 74%
  • Placement: 4%



  • Written: 7%
  • Practical: 20%
  • Coursework: 73%

Year 3

In year 3 you will begin to specialise in sport development, putting theory into practice. Options include social issues in sport development and coaching, and psychology of sport and exercise. You will take part in your second placement with an industry partner and learn research skills that will prepare you for your Honours year.

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 17%
  • Independent study: 78%
  • Placement: 5%



  • Written: 18%
  • Practical: 14%
  • Coursework: 68%

Year 4

In year 4 you will consolidate the theory you have gained with sport-related modules including global issues in sport development, sport development practice and policy, and leisure facility management. You will also complete a dissertation of your choice.

Learning and teaching:

  • Scheduled learning: 18%
  • Independent study: 82%



  • Practical: 40%
  • Coursework: 60%

Teaching and Assessment

This degree will be taught through a combination of learning methods including tutor-led lectures, tutorials and seminars, practical workshops and exercises in a simulated work environment, small group teaching and group project work. Independent, online and peer-to-peer learning is an important element of this course.

Our Sport Development degree uses a variety of assessment methods. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:

  • group and individual work
  • multiple-choice exams
  • reflective practice reports
  • essays
  • case study deconstruction
  • practical examination
  • research production
  • journal reviews

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects


Employment prospects for BSc Sport Development graduates are excellent. UWS graduates are currently working with local authorities, sports clubs, sports governing bodies, sport centres and health promotion initiatives. Many graduates have found employment as active schools co-ordinators, sport development officers, facility managers and health promotion professionals.

Further Study

Graduates will be able to progress into postgraduate study, including postgraduate research, Sport and Events Management, Sport Marketing and PE teaching.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses non-lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,300 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

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Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

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Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

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Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.


All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.


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