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BSc (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching Sciences

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We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

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This course brings together the exciting disciplines of sport development, coaching science and sports management, designed specifically for graduates wishing to face the challenges of a rapidly changing industry. It has been developed in close consultation with a number of high-profile industry bodies to ensure that when you graduate, you’ll be well-prepared for work in this competitive and exciting discipline.

You need a certain amount of creativity when developing sport, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the principles behind coaching science, and this course will provide you with all of this and more.

Links have been developed with a number of key partners, for example the Club Managers Association of Europe, the RFU and Dorset FA. You will benefit from an increasing numbers of guest lectures from companies such as FIFA. Other links exist with England Athletics, Wessex Volleyball, Southampton FC, and AFC Bournemouth.

Our sport performance laboratories will enable you to measure the impact that changes to a training regime can have, and how you as a coach can use that information to better athletes or a team’s performance.

You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our many partner institutions across the world.

96% of our final year students said they were able to contact staff when they needed to. Join us on live chat now to find out more (bottom right-hand corner of your screen) or register to meet us at an Open Day.

My placement within Guildford FC allowed me to coach a vast amount of age ranges and ability levels. I had my own under 7s team I coached and managed. This opportunity hugely impacted my career. I have networked with coaches and gained so much experience.” – Freddie Shaw, 2016

Sport scholarships

If you’re passionate about sport and you’re a high-performing sport athlete with the desire to continue developing your talents whilst you’re studying, then have a look at our BU Sport Scholarships which are available to help support you financially. Assistance provided for coaching, equipment, competition entry fees, travel expenses and/or support services.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

For September 2020 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses.

This course is currently going through this process and we will update this page in May to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years including a minimum 30-week work placement

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, and you will also undertake group work and written exams. The assessment methods for each unit can be found in the programme specification for your course.

Download the programme specification (pdf 1mb)


We have a number of excellent placement links with sporting organisations, health and fitness clubs and national governing bodies in both the UK and abroad, such as Sport England, UK Sport, David Lloyd, Fitness First, Holmes Place, Southampton FC, Fulham FC and the Australian Institute of Sport. Links also exist with a number of European sporting organisations and their counterparts in North America.

The Faculty has dedicated placements advisers, whose job it is to assist students in getting the most out of their period in industry. It is a very important decision to select the placement that is relevant to your studies and your individual career aspirations.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

Your UCAS personal statement is a great place to do this. Tell us about your personal achievements or any relevant work experience you have done, and show us how they make you the ideal candidate for a place on the course.

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Show signs of developing into well rounded leaders and team players
  • Have good inter and intra personal skills
  • Have a passion for sport and developing people through sporting activities
  • Want to learn the theory behind sports coaching
  • Want to develop as people.

How to apply

Entry requirements


The roles open to you when you graduate from this course are varied and exciting, so you should be able to forge a career that you are truly passionate about and utilise the skills and knowledge you have gained throughout your degree.

The employment opportunities are diverse, ranging from local authorities and sporting national governing bodies to international sports events providers, sports manufacturing and retail companies and sports and leisure centres.

Our graduate employment record is very strong, with 90% of our students in work or further study within six months of finishing their degree. You can find them working for organisations such as Arsenal FC, Badminton England, Fulham FC, AFC Bournemouth, Fitspace Gym, Freedom Leisure, Sail Croatia, St Anne's Hospital and Gosport School Sports Partnership. Among the roles they have gone into are:

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

Hear from our students

Rachel Turner

The topics allowed me to gain interest in different areas within sports development. My placement year was particularly rewarding as it made me as employable as possible.

Hear from our staff

Andrew Adams

Our students develop a vocational understanding of how sport development is enacted through understanding how theory and practice combine and operate.

What our graduates think

Serdal Yanmaz

BU was a huge stepping stone, one which helped mould my current success as a professional.