Sport Development and Management BA (Hons)

About the course

The Sport Development and Management industry is fun, rewarding and growing, opening new routes to employment within community, national and international settings. If you wish to develop your sporting interests and pursue worthwhile career pathways aimed at promoting the benefits of sport, inspiring all individuals and groups to participate and, in doing so, helping create more vibrant, stronger communities then this is the right course for you!

This course offers stimulating academic study with practical and applied real-world experiences designed to build your CV and employability skills ready for your first job or further degree study. You will also have opportunities to gain vocational coaching awards, work and study in the US and Europe.

Areas of study include Sport for All, Social Theory, Sport, Community and Diversity (Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Religion and Disability), Sport and Event Management, Sport Education, Leadership, Social Entrepreneurship, Youth Development, Athlete Welfare, Research in Sport and Physical Activity.

Our recent graduates from this course have gained employment in a range of settings including: Sport Development (local authorities, national governing bodies of sport, community establishments, further and higher education institutions, professional sport clubs, international settings), Sport and Event Management, Sports Coaching, Health and Fitness, Youth and Social Work, Adventure and Outdoor Pursuits, Further and Higher Education, Business and Marketing, the Public Services, Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - 5C2C
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start Dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time | Part-time day
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This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course. 

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification. 

There is also a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2019.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire. 

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree. 

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.


Why study a Foundation Year degree?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.


Why choose this course?

  • Study a challenging and enjoyable course which prepares you for employment in the sports industry and other employment sectors.
  • Learn through a variety of engaging cutting-edge teaching and learning methods that combine study, personal and career development, field trips and practical experiences.
  • Gain valuable 'real world' experiences, sports industry insights, employability skills, coaching and vocational qualifications by working first-hand with a variety of industry experts and community, national and international organisations.
  • Learn from our team of experts who have cutting-edge research expertise and draw on their experience with organisations like the Football Association and Sport England.
  • Benefit from our extensive indoor and outdoor sport facilities and vibrant sporting culture.

Exciting opportunities to work on events abroad

Each year, students are given the opportunity to travel to Club La Santa in Lanzarote to put their practical skills to the test by helping organise and assist with the Volcano Triathalon, and gain knowledge from industry experts.

Our students said:

It was a pleasure and honour to have been part of this fantastic scheme working with elite athletes and gaining skills for life. We were able to apply our networking skills to interact with over 500 elite athletes and add towards our CV. This event has left me with lifelong memories, most importantly being able to learn and challenge myself – such as such as riding a bike for the first time and travel distances of 10K and 25K. Simon and Amanda can't be thanked enough for their support and positive attitude to the cause.
The volcano triathlon trip was an amazing opportunity and I feel privileged to be part of a massive event. We were able to apply our networking skills and interact with international athletes and members behind the team, which is beneficial to my CV. This trip has given me a lot in relation to learning and tying new sports. It wouldn't have been possible without the guidance and support for me to get this far. It has been a great experience and I will be definitely going back next year.
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What will I learn?


  • Community Sport Development: Action-Research Project (SPO063-1) Compulsory
  • Historical And Contemporary Issues In Sport And Physical Activity (SPO061-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Academic And Study Skills For Degree Study In Sport (SPO079-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Sport Development And Management (SPO073-1) Compulsory
  • Principles Of Sport Management (SPO062-1) Compulsory
  • Sport Leadership In Action: Sport And Exercise Pedagogy (SPO072-1) Compulsory
  • Sport Sociology Foundations (SPO046-1) Compulsory
  • Sports Leadership In Action : Reflection And Practice (SPO064-1) Compulsory
  • Qualitative Research (SPO030-2) Compulsory
  • Sport And Development: Working In Communities (SPO054-2) Compulsory
  • Sport And Recreation Event Management (SPO075-2) Compulsory
  • Sport For Sustainable Development (SPO031-2) Compulsory
  • Tactical Sport And Recreation Management (SPO083-2) Compulsory
  • Work Experience And Dissertation Preparation (SPO036-2) Compulsory
  • Critical Insight Into Sport And Development (SPO077-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation For Ba Courses (SPO049-3) Compulsory
  • Sport, Power And Development: Leadership For Change (SPO078-3) Compulsory
  • Sporting Enterprise And Entrepreneurship (SPO079-3) Compulsory
  • Sporting Enterprise And Entrepreneurship In Action (SPO066-3) Compulsory
  • Strategic Development And Management Of Sport (SPO067-3) Compulsory
  • Strategic Management In Action (SPO068-3) Compulsory
  • Work Experience Project For Ba Courses (SPO046-3) Optional

How will I be assessed?

Assessments will be based on tasks which develop vocational skills, underpinned by academic subject knowledge. These include:

  • Case studies
  • Written Reports and Essays
  • Reflective writing
  • Poster and Verbal presentations
  • Projects
  • Personal development portfolios
  • Online journals
  • Practical assessments related to managing the design, planning and delivery of sport and physical activity projects

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Bert Klemmer This course has opened up fantastic opportunities for me. A month before graduating I was offered a job with team BEDS&LUTON. I was also keen to go on to postgraduate study and team BEDS&LUTON were very supportive and felt they could benefit from my research. Linking my postgraduate studies with my new job helped accelerate my understanding and knowledge about physical activity and sport in England. It was a win-win situation. I was able to evaluate the effectiveness of some of team BEDS&LUTON’s activities and provide them with valuable information to help them design and develop their projects. Bert Klemmer
Satellite Club Link Officer

There is a strong focus on developing your employability throughout the course by building on activities that will help you to prepare for job applications, enhance your profile and understand the sports industry as well as the wider professional opportunities.

In years 1, 2 and 3 you will work in collaboration with industry-specific partners (e.g. Bedford Borough Council, StreetGames, England Rugby) to organise, promote, deliver and evaluate sport development projects within diverse settings.

These experiences are also likely to translate to internships and tangible work experience and volunteering opportunities.

You can choose to undertake work experience based research for your Final Year Project. With support from your tutors and the University network of partners you will identify and procure an appropriate placement within the UK or abroad.

The aim of this course is to support our students in achieving their full potential through harnessing and building upon their interests and strengths, and ultimately developing their knowledge and skills sets to be successful in whatever career direction they choose. The course blends academic and practical study in a way designed to engage students in a challenging yet fun and rewarding learning environment, working alongside a variety of industry partners to expand their horizons and develop their personal and professional competencies and specialist knowledge needed to implement a wide range of sport development programmes, as well as manage people and organisations, to achieve positive outcomes.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more


Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.


The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.


The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.


The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.


The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.


Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

Sports Hall

The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

Specialist labs

Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

This includes:

  • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
  • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
  • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
  • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

Theatre and dance studio facilities

  • 280 seat theatre
  • 80 studio theatre
  • Four fully-sprung dance studios
  • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
  • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
  • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
  • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
  • State of the art HD projectors
  • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
  • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
  • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
  • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

Gateway Building

Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.


Campus Centre

Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

Accommodation at Bedford

For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

Subjects studied at Bedford campus

  • Primary Education
  • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
  • Education Studies
  • Physical Education and Sport Studies
  • Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Tourism and Leisure
  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Performing Arts and Dance
  • Social Work

Bedford town location

The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

Directions to Bedford campus

Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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