Brunel University London

Course Introduction

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 on placement with one of our great partner organisations. Students have recently spent time at schools, Brunel Sports Centre, Christ's Hospital, Leeds City College, Sussex County Cricket Club, Hays Personnel, Featherstone Rovers, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Sport Impact, Fitlab, and Northampton FC.

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 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
6 years
Part Time
BSc £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £14,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
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
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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29% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 32%

Total Coursework: 59%

Total Practical: 9%

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

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