The Brunel Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (Sport Development) BSc is designed for students who are passionate about sport and interested in how it can be used to develop communities, inspire young people, and help individuals fulfil their potentials.
You’ll learn how to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate high-quality sport activities and events that will encourage and enable people to get involved in sport, from grassroots to elite level, and lead healthier lives.
In your sport development specialisation, you’ll also study marketing and media campaign techniques, learn to resource projects and attract investment, and develop inclusive sporting activities that benefit disadvantaged and under-represented social groups and communities.
You’ll gain practical, transferable skills including research, presentation, case studies, grant-writing, video production and using digital technology and social media.
We offer three study options. You can choose three years full-time, six years part-time or four years full-time with a one-year professional placement between years two and three that will give you the chance to put what you’ve learned into practice.
Contact our Enquiries team.
Course Enquiries: +44 (0)1895 265599 (before you submit an application)
Admissions Office: +44 (0)1895 265265 (after you submit an application)
The course is designed to give you a solid understanding of sport development theory and practice. You’ll learn how to plan, deliver, manage and evaluate high-quality sport activities and events aimed at encouraging and enabling people of all ages and abilities to get involved in sport.
Coursework for your Sport Development degree consists of compulsory and optional modules and a final dissertation.
Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.
- Fundamentals of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
- Research and Learning Skills I
- Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
- Introduction to the Social Sciences of Sport
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Synoptic Study I
- Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing in the Lifecourse
- Research and Learning Skills II
- Delivery of Sports Development
- Young People, Sport and Identity
- Work Based Learning
- Synoptic Study II
Compulsory for students selecting a sandwich placement:
- Work placement workshops
- Work placement
Optional (choose two):
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Coaching and Teaching Effectiveness
- Biomechanics of Human Movement
- Physical Literacy and Child Development
- Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Theory and Application in Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Pedagogy and Policy: Individual Needs
- Major project
- Issues in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing
- Sport, Media and Communication
- Managing Sport Development
- Employability and Professional Development
- Synoptic Study III
Optional (choose two):
- Biomechanical Analysis Techniques
- Pedagogy and Policy: Critical Issues
- Physical Literacy and Learning Environment
- Physiology of the High Performance Athlete
- Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
- Applying Sport Sciences to Practice: Training Principles
Read more about the structure of undergraduate degrees at Brunel
and what you will learn on the course.
Entry criteria 2019/20
- GCE A Level BBC, including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sport Studies, Sociology, or PE.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Applied Science, Sport, or Sport and Exercise Science.
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in Applied Science, Sport, or Sport and Exercise Science, with an A Level at grade B in any subject.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with two A Levels at grades BC to include: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology, or PE.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 29 points including 5 at Higher Level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Maths, Physics, Human Biology, Psychology, Sport Science, Sociology or PE.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass an Access to Bioscience, Health, Forensic Science, Nutrition, Psychology, Science, or Sport course, with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units.
Five GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 or above are also required, including English Language and Maths.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
A commitment to sport or exercise is expected from all applicants.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU entry requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.
If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.
Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason.
We offer our own BrunELT English Test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options at the Brunel Language Centre.
Teaching and learning
Our staff have national and international reputations for their research, publications and applied work. Many are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the British Psychological Society (BPS) or the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We currently have sport development projects with the IOC, UNICEF, Sport England, the Football Association, Street League, and UK Sport. This means you’ll be among the first to benefit from the latest thinking in the industry.
Your courses will consist of lectures, seminars, workshops, laboratory and practical sessions, online leaning and computer-assisted sessions to teach quantitative data collection and analysis and computer simulation.
We constantly review our teaching methods in response to student feedback in view of developing and improving them.
Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.
Assessment and feedback
Modules are assessed by combinations of individual and group projects, oral presentations, case studies, report writing, and examinations. In the final year you are also required to write a dissertation.
Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.
Fees and funding
Fees for 2019/20 entry
£9,250 full-time; £6,935 part-time; £1,000 placement year
Some courses incur additional course related costs. You can also check our on-campus accommodation costs for more information on living expenses.
UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.
Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).
Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually in line with RPI, or 5%, whichever is the lesser.
There is a range of financial support available to help you fund your studies. Find out about undergraduate student funding options.