About the course

This course will give you a deep, considered appreciation for the role physical activity and sports play in today’s global society. You’ll explore the importance of both community and high-performance sport, while looking at the challenges involved in engaging an inactive population. You’ll also examine the significance of large-scale sports events, using key concepts and theories to appraise sports policy and individuals’ behaviour. At every stage, and in every context, we’ll encourage you to use your new-found insights to evaluate sports development practice.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Sports Development
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BSc (Hons) Physical Activity and Sports Development

Why choose this course?

The course has a strong theme of practical experience being applied to an environment of your choice. You will also benefit from some of the best university-based sports and fitness facilities in the country, and have opportunities to support research.

Course details


Students can progress into careers in physical activity and development such as sports development professional, health and physical activity promotion, or sport specific development roles with National Governing Bodies of Sport such as the FA, England Netball. There are a range of activity development careers within school, further and higher education settings or within local and national government and councils. Equally elite sport development roles in strategic planning and talent pathways are available.

What job can I get?

After your degree, you can go into a whole range of careers, including sports development, health and physical activity promotion, or sport-specific roles within governing bodies like the FA or England Netball. You’ll also find opportunities to develop programmes in schools, colleges, universities, councils and local and national government. Alternatively, you could move into elite sports, carving out a career in strategic planning or creating talent pathways.


  • Year 1
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Physical Activity and Sport Policy in Practice 30 Credits Compulsory
    Understanding Sport Industry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sport Business Management: National and International Perspectives 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sports as Social and Global Phenomena 15 Credits Compulsory
    Developing an Academic Approach 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations of Sports Coaching 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Year 2
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Facilities and Funding for Active Communities 15 Credits Compulsory
    Leadership and Management of Sports Events 30 Credits Compulsory
    Global Perspectives of Sports Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods for Physical Activity and Sports Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sport Experience Learning 15 Credits Compulsory
    Process and Practice in High Performance Sport 15 Credits Optional
    Exploring Sports Ethics 15 Credits Optional
    Applied Sports Coaching 30 Credits Optional
  • Year 3
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Insight and Evaluation of Sports Development 15 Credits Compulsory
    Physical Activity, Sports Development Experience Dissertation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Physical Activity, Sports Development Research Dissertation 30 Credits Compulsory
    Behaviour Change for Physical Activity and Sport 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sandwich Placement - Sport 0 Credits Optional
    Year Abroad - SPS 0 Credits Optional
    Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in Sports Business Management 15 Credits Optional
    Creating Business Strategies for Sport 15 Credits Optional
    Advanced Sports Coaching 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 5 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    17/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
    17/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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    21/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    17/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
    17/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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    21/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    17/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
    17/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students