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Overview

Learn how to help people lead healthy, active lifestyles with UWS’s BSc (Hons) Sport Development programme.

The programme covers everything from helping organisations to target and attract new participants, to identifying new revenue streams and developing stronger links with the local community.

This programme is unique in Scotland and was developed in consultation with national sport organisations, national governing bodies, sport development officers and expert coaches.

The programme boasts strong links to industry which are reflected in course design, work experience opportunity, and the employment opportunities available to UWS students.

 

PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

  • You’ll gain a broad understanding of the principles and application of sports development.
  • In Honours year, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your learning to align with your interests and career goals.
  • We have excellent links with a number of clubs and organisations, including many SPFL football clubs, Active Schools, and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, which provide work-based learning opportunities.
  • This programme is offered at our new, state-of-the-art Lanarkshire Campus with elements also delivered at the Emirates Arena – a world-class sports facility built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and the home of many Scottish governing bodies in sport.

WATCH A ZOOM SESSION FROM THE PROGRAMME LEADER

Our Programme Leaders have recorded Zoom sessions to help you discover all there is to know about our courses. From professional accreditation to programme modules and career opportunities, our Programme Leaders will help answer all your questions. You can find them on our YouTube Channel or by clicking the link below. 

Sport Development Programme Leader

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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 (Hons) 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.

97%

of graduates in work or further study 6 months after graduating – HESA Performance Indicator 2016-17

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 or AACC (108 UCAS Tariff points) including English and PE
  • A levels: CCC (96 UCAS Tariff points) including English and PE
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H4 or H3 H3 H3 H3 or H2 H2 H4 H4 including English and PE
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 27 points (3 at HL) including HL English and Sports, exercise & health science
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Coaching & Developing Sport or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Sport & Recreation Management (for SQA HNC, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to STEM (BBB) or Access to Life Sciences (BBB) or Access to Humanities (BBB)

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: BBC (136 UCAS Tariff points) including English and PE
  • A levels: BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) including English and PE
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 30 points (3@HL) including HL English and Sports, exercise & health science
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Coaching & Developing Sport or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Sport & Recreation Management (for SQA HNCs, with Grade A in the Graded Unit)
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Sports Therapy or Applied Sport & Exercise Science or Coaching & Development of Sport or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Sport & Recreation Management (for SQA HNCs, with Grade B in all the Graded Units)

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Sports Therapy or Applied Sport & Exercise Science or Fitness, Health & Exercise or Sport & Recreation Management (for SQA HNDs, with Grades AA in the Graded Units)
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Coaching & Development of Sport (for SQA HND, with Grades AAA in the Graded Units)

Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme (PVG)

Successful applicants who gain a place on this course will need to register on the PVG Scheme, managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland. An application form will be sent from the University once you have accepted your offer. The fee for joining the scheme is £59.

Visit the Disclosure Scotland website for more information on the PVG scheme.

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
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, 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 or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

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

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

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).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

Course details

The UWS BSc (Hons) 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%

 

Assessment:

  • Practical: 22%
  • Coursework: 78%

Year 2

In Year 2 you will develop your understanding of sport policy, sport development and the outdoors, and coaching. You will take part in your first placement with an industry partner.

Learning and teaching:

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

 

Assessment:

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

Year 3

In Year 3 you will begin to specialise in sport development, putting theory into practice. You will study modules including social issues in sport development and coaching, organisation and management of sport, and will choose options like psychology of sport and exercise or sport education. 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%

 

Assessment:

  • 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, interventions in sport and physical activity, and operational aspect of sport and physical activity delivery. You will also complete a dissertation of your choice.

Learning and teaching:

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

 

Assessment:

  • 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 BSc (Hons) 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 multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is included in the tuition fees. Find out more

Course Structure

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

BSc Sport Development Course Structure

Career prospects

"The course provided me with a platform into the sport development industry. The variety of modules allowed me to explore where my passion lay within sports.”

Preeti Jassal, BSc (Hons) Sport Development graduate, now Programme Co-ordinator, Shell Twilight Basketball

Jobs

The programme will prepare you for a successful career in sport development but also sport, leisure and education settings in general. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to find opportunities in a wide range of roles, including:

  • Local authorities
  • Active Schools
  • Enterprise and management
  • Sport, physical activity and health and education programmes
  • Sport coaches
  • Health and well-being officers
  • Fitness club managers

 

Further Study

Many of our graduates go on to postgraduate courses in PE teaching, including the PGDE (Secondary) Physical Education and Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Physical Education at UWS Ayr, or the MSc Sport Coaching at UWS Lanarkshire. Others take part in or lead funded research projects with partner organisations.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

International (Non-EU)

£16,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Modular fee 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£305 per module (20 credit)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

More on current & future tuition fees

2021/22 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

Scottish

£1,820 Cost per year of study (usually paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS)

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£9,250 Cost per year of study (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

Republic of Ireland

£9,250 Cost per year of study (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

International (including EU)

£16,400 Cost per year of study

Check Your Tuition Fee Status

2021/22 Tuition Fees for 20-credit Modules (face-to-face)

Scottish

£305 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Republic of Ireland

£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Check Your Tuition Fee Status

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 - Updated Jan 2021

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 and textbooks, 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.

Note: The library will hold some copies of the textbooks but not enough for every student. Students can purchase second hand copies when possible or use older versions if advised by the module cordinator. Students can also sell their copies after the course. This helps manage the cost.

Year 1

Placement costs (Optional)
Placements are an integral part of this course and apply to all years of your studies. These placements will be arranged by you. These placements may be near your home/current accommodation and therefore, travel costs may be minimum. Alternatively, placements may be at locations that require you to travel to them either by public transport or by car. You may need to factor travel costs in to your studies. These aer variable and depend entierly upon the location of the placement. However, please bear in mind that travel may be at peak times and this may thererfore cost more on public transport.

Uniform (Mandatory)
Uniforms are requierd and a minimum of one peice or UWS sports kit is required at c.£15-20.

PVG Health Checks (Mandatory)
Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme membership is required and this currently costs £59. This cost may change in future years.

Year 2

Placement costs (Optional)
Placements are an integral part of this course and apply to all years of your studies. These placements will be arranged by you. These placements may be near your home/current accommodation and therefore, travel costs may be minimum. Alternatively, placements may be at locations that require you to travel to them either by public transport or by car. You may need to factor travel costs in to your studies. These aer variable and depend entierly upon the location of the placement. However, please bear in mind that travel may be at peak times and this may thererfore cost more on public transport.

Uniform (Mandatory)
Uniforms are requierd and a minimum of one peice or UWS sports kit is required at c.£15-20.

PVG Health Checks (Mandatory if not already registered)
Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme membership is required and this currently costs £59. This cost may change in future years.

Year 3

Placement costs (Optional)
Placements are an integral part of this course and apply to all years of your studies. These placements will be arranged by you. These placements may be near your home/current accommodation and therefore, travel costs may be minimum. Alternatively, placements may be at locations that require you to travel to them either by public transport or by car. You may need to factor travel costs in to your studies. These aer variable and depend entierly upon the location of the placement. However, please bear in mind that travel may be at peak times and this may thererfore cost more on public transport.

Uniform (Mandatory)
Uniforms are requierd and a minimum of one peice or UWS sports kit is required at c.£15-20.

PVG Health Checks (Mandatory if not already registered)
Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme membership is required and this currently costs £59. This cost may change in future years.

Graduation fees (Optional for those exiting with BSc award)
These fees are set annually by the University and are subject to review. For session 19/20 these were set at £10 Registration Fee. Academic dress and official photography (optional) for graduation ceremonies is hired and arranged respectively from an external suppliers.

Year 4

Placement costs (Optional)
Placements are an integral part of this course and apply to all years of your studies. These placements will be arranged by you. These placements may be near your home/current accommodation and therefore, travel costs may be minimum. Alternatively, placements may be at locations that require you to travel to them either by public transport or by car. You may need to factor travel costs in to your studies. These aer variable and depend entierly upon the location of the placement. However, please bear in mind that travel may be at peak times and this may thererfore cost more on public transport.

Uniform (Mandatory)
Uniforms are requierd and a minimum of one peice or UWS sports kit is required at c.£15-20.

Graduation fees (Mandatory)
These fees are set annually by the University and are subject to review. For session 19/20 these were set at £10 Registration Fee. Academic dress and official photography (optional) for graduation ceremonies is hired and arranged respectively from an external suppliers.

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.

Find out more.

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.

Find out more.

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.

Find our more.

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.

Find out more.

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.

Find out more.

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.

How to apply

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

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

The on-time application deadline for 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2021, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.

 

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

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