BA (Hons)

Sport Development with Foundation Year

Teaching & Learning

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we are currently unable to advise on the mode of teaching for September 2021, however we will keep you updated and provide more information as soon as we can. We continue to follow government guidance and your teaching and learning will reflect the restrictions in place at the time of delivery. We currently anticipate that you may experience a blended approach – this is a mix of face-to-face, on campus and online teaching and learning. You can keep up to date with teaching and learning at Leeds Beckett via our Covid-19 website. Updated course specifications will be available in August 2021. In the meantime, our existing course specifications are available.

What you'll learn

This module will introduce key learning theories and principles to help you plan and deliver effective and inclusive activities. You'll be encouraged to consider how teaching or coaching, as performed by the teacher or coach, and learning as performed by the learner, are connected and intertwined. You'll also gain a basic understanding and appreciation of reflective practice, so you can begin the process of self-evaluation and development.
Explore a range of social inequalities inherent in sport and physical activity from a sociological perspective. You'll consider how such inequalities can affect participation in sport and physical activity. You'll also develop a basic awareness of sport development and how barriers to participation can be addressed.
Build your understanding and skills associated with the development and maintenance of healthy behaviours to enhance health and performance across the lifespan.
Gain a broad understanding of the sporting business and marketing environments both in the UK and internationally.
This module will help you transition to life in higher education. You'll learn how to access information and support associated with your studies. And you'll develop study skills and practices which will serve you throughout your time at university.
This module will introduce you to the range of different careers options within the broad concept of sport. You'll also be introduced to basic employability skills such as job searching, writing applications and interview skills.
This module will introduce key learning theories and principles to help you plan and deliver effective and inclusive activities. You'll be encouraged to consider how teaching or coaching, as performed by the teacher or coach, and learning as performed by the learner, are connected and intertwined. You'll also gain a basic understanding and appreciation of reflective practice, so you can begin the process of self-evaluation and development.
Explore a range of social inequalities inherent in sport and physical activity from a sociological perspective. You'll consider how such inequalities can affect participation in sport and physical activity. You'll also develop a basic awareness of sport development and how barriers to participation can be addressed.
Build your understanding and skills associated with the development and maintenance of healthy behaviours to enhance health and performance across the lifespan.
Gain a broad understanding of the sporting business and marketing environments both in the UK and internationally.
This module will help you transition to life in higher education. You'll learn how to access information and support associated with your studies. And you'll develop study skills and practices which will serve you throughout your time at university.
This module will introduce you to the range of different careers options within the broad concept of sport. You'll also be introduced to basic employability skills such as job searching, writing applications and interview skills.

What you'll learn

Gain the academic skills essential for success on this degree, together with a strategic approach to career planning and the development of key transferable skills for employment.
Gain an essential introduction to the fundamentals of sport and recreation development including key agencies, structures and methods of delivery. You will understand the role and nature of public, private and voluntary sector provision, governance and policy agendas, and the the processes and practices related to the delivery of sport and recreation in the UK.
Explore how different social issues affect individual and group participation in sport and learn to apply core sociological theories and concepts to engagement in sport.
Discover how political perspectives can help in better understanding sport and society. You will begin to reflect on your own politicisation and to think beyond that familiarity by considering other political perspectives.
Identify operational issues within a case study sport facility and use academic theory to suggest solutions to help the facility provide better sport and physical activity opportunities to its community.
Gain an understanding of the key priorities, principles and issues related to physical activity provision in the community and learn to conduct community based learning to explore inclusive practice.
Gain the academic skills essential for success on this degree, together with a strategic approach to career planning and the development of key transferable skills for employment.
Gain an essential introduction to the fundamentals of sport and recreation development including key agencies, structures and methods of delivery. You will understand the role and nature of public, private and voluntary sector provision, governance and policy agendas, and the the processes and practices related to the delivery of sport and recreation in the UK.
Explore how different social issues affect individual and group participation in sport and learn to apply core sociological theories and concepts to engagement in sport.
Discover how political perspectives can help in better understanding sport and society. You will begin to reflect on your own politicisation and to think beyond that familiarity by considering other political perspectives.
Identify operational issues within a case study sport facility and use academic theory to suggest solutions to help the facility provide better sport and physical activity opportunities to its community.
Gain an understanding of the key priorities, principles and issues related to physical activity provision in the community and learn to conduct community based learning to explore inclusive practice.

What you'll learn

Develop an understanding of the concepts, policy and practice of community sport development, including the diversity of community sports practices and issues of class, race and gender issues, and a critical appreciation of the key concepts which inform community sports policies and practices. You will also study the current socio-political climate and the potential use of a community sport development approach in tackling inequalities in society.
Through a work placement, you will observe, inquire, participate, contribute and learn in a real-world setting. You will reflect on your experience and analyse a contemporary issue identified in your chosen placement organisation.
Working as part of a team, you will plan, deliver and evaluate live events in conjunction with external partners, and develop the knowledge and skills essential for the management of sport projects.
Build on the research and study skills from year one and prepare for your final year project by learning to understand and analyse appropriate research literature to inform and justify a research question or academic enquiry.
Study strategic management theory and apply this to the management of sport development programmes. You will look at the impact of policy on practice and how this can be managed effectively in order to achieve a range of sport development outcomes.
Develop an understanding of the concepts, policy and practice of community sport development, including the diversity of community sports practices and issues of class, race and gender issues, and a critical appreciation of the key concepts which inform community sports policies and practices. You will also study the current socio-political climate and the potential use of a community sport development approach in tackling inequalities in society.
Through a work placement, you will observe, inquire, participate, contribute and learn in a real-world setting. You will reflect on your experience and analyse a contemporary issue identified in your chosen placement organisation.
Working as part of a team, you will plan, deliver and evaluate live events in conjunction with external partners, and develop the knowledge and skills essential for the management of sport projects.
Build on the research and study skills from year one and prepare for your final year project by learning to understand and analyse appropriate research literature to inform and justify a research question or academic enquiry.
Study strategic management theory and apply this to the management of sport development programmes. You will look at the impact of policy on practice and how this can be managed effectively in order to achieve a range of sport development outcomes.

Option modules may include

You will complete an in-depth, critical examination of the complex field of sport communications. This module enables you to explore the different elements of marketing communication and issues of integration within the UK and international markets.
Explore the concept and application of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities adapted to meet specific needs. Through formal and interactive teaching and experiential learning, you will have the opportunity to engage with, facilitate, evaluate and analyse a range of adapted adventure activities. This will include adventurous activities being adapted for access, ability and performance.
Study the key, theoretical concepts and principles when designing, delivering and evaluating physical activity and public health interventions at the local, national and international level. You will gain a generic foundation on which to establish (i) a critical evaluation and application of physical activity and public health interventions for priority groups, (ii) a critical interrogation and application of public health guidance and techniques to promote healthy behaviours at a population level.
Develop your understanding of relevant social science perspectives applied to contemporary soccer. You will learn to relate these critical approaches to important contemporary issues within the sport.
Gain the opportunity to teach physical education to primary aged children. You will also learn about aspects of physical and psychosocial child development appropriate to this age group. You will be encouraged to develop your skills of teaching, planning, observation and reflection through a placement in a school or similar physical education/ youth sport context.
You will complete an in-depth, critical examination of the complex field of sport communications. This module enables you to explore the different elements of marketing communication and issues of integration within the UK and international markets.
Explore the concept and application of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities adapted to meet specific needs. Through formal and interactive teaching and experiential learning, you will have the opportunity to engage with, facilitate, evaluate and analyse a range of adapted adventure activities. This will include adventurous activities being adapted for access, ability and performance.
Study the key, theoretical concepts and principles when designing, delivering and evaluating physical activity and public health interventions at the local, national and international level. You will gain a generic foundation on which to establish (i) a critical evaluation and application of physical activity and public health interventions for priority groups, (ii) a critical interrogation and application of public health guidance and techniques to promote healthy behaviours at a population level.
Develop your understanding of relevant social science perspectives applied to contemporary soccer. You will learn to relate these critical approaches to important contemporary issues within the sport.
Gain the opportunity to teach physical education to primary aged children. You will also learn about aspects of physical and psychosocial child development appropriate to this age group. You will be encouraged to develop your skills of teaching, planning, observation and reflection through a placement in a school or similar physical education/ youth sport context.

What you'll learn

Develop and apply an advanced theoretical knowledge of sport and community development through the evaluation of a case study of practice.
Develop your understanding of strategic management with an emphasis on flexible strategic thinking. You will be placed in the role of consultant and you will choose a sport development organisation upon which to base your assessment work in which you will generate recommendations for organisational improvement.
Incorporating the core themes of management, leadership and community development, you will undertake an analysis of a sport development or community issue, and use this to develop a professional bid document for a funding stream, pitching your proposal to a panel of industry 'dragons'.
Use the skill set you have built up in previous modules to identify an area of specific interest to explore through an in-depth empirical study or project supported by an academic supervisor. You will choose from one of three pathways: Dissertation (individual), Consultancy (individual), or Sport and Recreation Project (team).
Develop and apply an advanced theoretical knowledge of sport and community development through the evaluation of a case study of practice.
Develop your understanding of strategic management with an emphasis on flexible strategic thinking. You will be placed in the role of consultant and you will choose a sport development organisation upon which to base your assessment work in which you will generate recommendations for organisational improvement.
Incorporating the core themes of management, leadership and community development, you will undertake an analysis of a sport development or community issue, and use this to develop a professional bid document for a funding stream, pitching your proposal to a panel of industry 'dragons'.
Use the skill set you have built up in previous modules to identify an area of specific interest to explore through an in-depth empirical study or project supported by an academic supervisor. You will choose from one of three pathways: Dissertation (individual), Consultancy (individual), or Sport and Recreation Project (team).

Option modules may include

Enhance your employability and future career prospects by undertaking a year's paid placement between years 2 and 3. You'll have the opportunity to develop business contacts and professional networks, gain understanding of the jobs and career market and develop key employability and professional skills.
Develop an awareness of the concepts, theory, policy and practice associated with SPD. You will draw upon various concepts and theories (such as hegemony, post-colonial, change and action, leadership, project and programme management) to illuminate the complex power and processes inherent in the practices of SPD.
Enhance your employability and future career prospects by undertaking a year's paid placement between years 2 and 3. You'll have the opportunity to develop business contacts and professional networks, gain understanding of the jobs and career market and develop key employability and professional skills.
Develop an awareness of the concepts, theory, policy and practice associated with SPD. You will draw upon various concepts and theories (such as hegemony, post-colonial, change and action, leadership, project and programme management) to illuminate the complex power and processes inherent in the practices of SPD.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.