Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Sport Development

Course Overview

  • UCAS code


    C690
  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    3 Years
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

Fire your passion for sport and help to transform lives and shape communities. Sport development officers provide opportunities for participation in sport for all sections of society and encourage people to lead healthier lives.

You will examine management and leadership styles and attributes as you learn how to attract investment and develop inclusive sporting pursuits that benefit disadvantaged and under-represented social groups and communities.

You will develop the confidence to challenge inequalities in sport, and you will hone your teamwork and planning skills so that you can lead on sporting projects to improve participation rates.

Our course team is led by Stephen Robson, who has more than 20 years' experience of practising and teaching sport and recreation development. Stephen works in national settings to keep the course at the forefront of current provision. Along with other team colleagues he has contributed to two editions of the highly successful Routledge textbook Sports Development: Policy, Process and Practice. Members of the team have also edited and published a text book called Strategic Sport Development, the first text of its kind in the field. All our sport and recreation development staff have significant professional experience to draw upon in supporting the next generation of sports development professionals.

RESIDENTIALS

As part of your first year, you will have the opportunity to experience activities in a setting associated with your studies. This may include a residential or field trips, which will support your on-campus learning and enhance your future career prospects.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.

We will help you organise a life-changing, six-week work placement. This could be with local authority sport development teams, national governing bodies of sport, community groups, high schools, sports clubs or youth organisations.

By running your own community sports project or event for an external client, you will build contacts with potential future employers. Regular guest speakers will show how you can learn from successful projects and keep you up-do-date with the current hot topics in sport development.

This course and its modules has been designed with leading industry experts. The course team has extensive industry experience and continually engages with organisations such as Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Sport and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. This means we can provide excellent work experience opportunities, develop joint projects and ensure that the course material and assessments are up-to-date.

SPORT AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES

We're passionate about sport and at Leeds Beckett University there's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including the Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at the Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

Why study sport development at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 100% of BA (Hons) Sport Development students were satisfied with their course*
  2. 90% of BA (Hons) Sport Development students in work or further study 15 months after graduating**
  3. Take part in a six-week work placement. This could be with local authority sport development teams, national governing bodies of sport, community groups, high schools, sports clubs or youth organisations
  4. Build contacts with potential future employers by running your own community sports project or event for an external client
  5. Opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience
  6. Study in the university’s new £45m state-of-the-art Carnegie School of Sport building. The building will include a wealth of outstanding facilities, including dedicated research laboratories, a hypoxic laboratory and an indoor sprint track for performance training and analysis

*National Student Survey 2020

**Graduate Outcomes 2020

BA (Hons) Sport Development | Course insights Sport Development Course Director Stephen Robson talks about the course at Leeds Beckett University

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