Brunel University London

Course Introduction

This four year course with a placement year gives you valuable practical skills and a competitive edge when looking for your first graduate job. We are currently ranked number one in London for sport'based courses by The Complete University Guide 2016. We're proud of this, and of our cutting edge research academics who are one of the key reasons for our great reputation with our students. Sport development is a term used to describe a range of policy, organisational, and management processes relating to the wider field of sport, from grassroots to elite levels. As a sport development student you will study a diverse range of topics ' including sociology, management, anthropology, law, media, marketing and policy ' producing portfolios, sport programme design and evaluation proposals, research posters, videos and case studies relevant to different sport development contexts and practices. Potential employment opportunities include sport development officers, clubs and sport/leisure centre managers, community workers, national governing bodies, team and event managers. Our strong network of major sport industry contacts is a great support as you take your first career steps. We have world'class sporting facilities, including a running track used by Usain Bolt, who told the BBC: 'Brunel is awesome! The University has really done great for us. We come here every summer, that's where we stay, and they really show us a lot of love. We get a lot of support from everybody there ' so thank you guys!' Our great location in London, plus our strong links with sports personnel, organisations and institutions at local, regional, national and international levels, enables us to offer our students considerable opportunities for career progression. Opt for a sandwich course and you'll gain fantastic work experience with one of our great partner organisations, including schools, sports and football clubs.

Course Modules

Level 1 Core: Fundamentals of sport, health and exercise sciences; physical activity, health and wellbeing; introduction to the social sciences of sport; physical education and sport pedagogy; research and learning skills 1; synoptic study 1. Level 2 Core: Research and learning skills 2; physical activity, health and wellbeing in the lifecourse; work based learning 1; young people, sport and identity; delivery of sports development synoptic study 2. Options: (choose two) Physical literacy and child development; pedagogical and policy ' individual needs; applying sport sciences to practice: coaching and teaching effectiveness; applied sport and exercise physiology; biomechanics of human movement; theory and application in sports psychology. Level 3: Optional Work placement.. (for thick'sandwich mode of study). Level 4 Core: Major project; issues in physical activity, health and wellbeing; work'based learning 2; synoptic study 2 sporting communications; managing sports development. Options (choose two) pedagogy and policy: applying sport sciences to practice: training principles; physiology of the high performance athlete; biomechanical analysis techniques; applied sport psychology; physical literacy.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
7 years
Part Time
BSc £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Sandwich Including Industrial Placement
BSc (Hons) £14,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Sandwich Including Industrial Placement
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Higher
  • International Baccalaureate 29
  • GCE A-level BBC
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC
  • GCE AS-level
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Course specific
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD*
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Key Course Information

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87% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 86%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 93%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 97%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

93% Go on to work and/or study

In work 73
Studying 13
Studying and working 7
Unemployed 6
Unknown 2

29% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 24%

Total Coursework: 70%

Total Practical: 6%

£4,500 - £6,900
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation