Sport Development - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Sport Development

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: 3Q79

Institute code: L51

Study mode

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 80

About your course

Sport Development is about improving sport. How it is managed, resourced and delivered to help people reach their potential and make both sport and society better. The BA (Hons) Sport Development at Liverpool John Moores University will give you the knowledge and skills to understand and influence sport and sport development in the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will secure extensive professional experience thanks to our industry links, placement opportunities and in-house Sport Start Scheme.

  • Extensive work experience opportunities in each year of study
  • Exciting partnerships with organisations operating at local, regional and national level, including Liverpool City Council, Everton Football in the Community, County Sport Partnerships, and National Governing Bodies of Sport
  • Campus-based student experience
  • Excellent career opportunities both in the UK and internationally​

Discover the full spectrum of LJMU Sport - when it comes to sport, we've got it covered

There are lots of different aspects to sport development and this course has given me insight and knowledge of each and every one

Jamal McKenzie, current student

This new degree programme brings together our local, national and international experience on all aspects of the subject to help students be at the cutting edge of sport development.

Danny Cullinane, Programme Leader

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

As sport development is fundamentally about making a practical difference to people’s experiences, a key feature of the course are the work-related learning links embedded in all three years of the degree.

Drawing on the guidance of your tutors, you will be able to apply your theoretical understanding to practical situations, make more informed career choices, develop your professional networks and identify essential workplace skills.

We have access to an extensive range of providers across the region, including major local authorities, football in the community schemes, local schools and many others. We also have the opportunity to gain further work experience through our popular in-house ‘Sport Start’ scheme.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

You will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for supporting your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or any concerns that you may have during your studies. As part of your timetable, you will also have weekly contact with your tutor in a Peer Learning Group.

Other forms of student support services and facilities, include Student Support and IT Zones and a dedicated Library, open in the evenings and at weekends during semesters. The IM Marsh Campus, where this course is based, is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community.

Course details

This BA (Hons) course is focused on helping you understand and influence the realm of sport development in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

You will critically examine how sport is organised and delivered and explore opportunities for improving the industry. You will also learn how sport can have an impact on wider social issues, such as education, public health and wellbeing, physical activity and community development.

This is an interdisciplinary programme, drawing on a range of socio-cultural theories to examine processes of sport and sport development. As you progress through the course you will move from a UK-based standpoint to embrace a more international perspective, drawing on staff expertise and current practice. In doing so you will gain knowledge on how sport works, be able to question current structures and generate evidence-based ideas and projects focusing on the current sport development industry.

Thanks to LJMU's links with over 450 different employers in the North West alone, we can offer superb work placement opportunities in all three years of the course. We are a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Management in Sport and Physical Activity, and are linked to the United KingdomSports Development Network, the lead consortium providing links between theory and practice in the field. We are also actively involved in manylocal sport partnerships includingmany Football in the Community schemes and a number of National Governing Bodies of Sport.

Plus from September 2017, IM Marsh students will have access to a free strength and conditioning studio onsite.All LJMU students are also entitled to apply for free off-peak membership for Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool and discounted peak-rate membership is also available so you can keep yourself active alongside your sport studies.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Level 4

  • Introduction to Sport Development
  • Sport Development Practice and Experience
  • Research Methods and Study Skills
  • Sport and Society
  • Practical Delivery of Sport
  • Management in Sport Development

Level 5

  • Sport Development Policy
  • Sport Development Placement
  • Research Methods
  • Engaging under-represented groups in Sport
  • Delivering Adapted Activities
  • Sports Volunteering

Level 6

  • Strategic Sport Development
  • Managing Sport Development Projects
  • Dissertation
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport and Society
  • Evaluating Sports Practitioners

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

Teaching on the course is via a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals, workshops, use of ICT, work experience and independent learning.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Teaching staff on this programme draw on a combination of extensive research and practitioner experience in key functions in sport development. This includes current work alongside major sports organisations, such as Sport England, UK Sport, National Governing Bodies of Sport, and national charities, as well as with organisations accross the globe.

Lecturers have also developed innovative teaching practices using blogs, podcasts and social media to engage students and develop your learning.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

LJMU recognises that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed. That's why we use a combination of assessment methods, including written assignments, exams, practical work, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and a dissertation.

Assessments are planned across the programme so you can effectively manage their workload. Constructive feedback will help you identify your strengths and areas requiring improvement and will be provided regularly throughout your studies.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to:

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

You will enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas.

Graduates of this Sport Development programme will be equipped with skills in project management and evaluation, programme design, policy analysis, communication skills and practical delivery. Plus you will have a strong understanding of society and inclusion, and how your personal beliefs relate to sport provision.

Such skills are in great demand and open up a wide range of career opportunities. The career pathway for a sport development practitioner is varied with recent estimates suggesting there are over 10,000 related posts in the UK, in organisations such as the National Governing Bodies of Sport, County Sport Partnerships, local authorities, and national and international charities working through sport.

Other routes include: careers in the public and uniformed services, managing leisure centres and the sports media and setting up your own business.

This degree also forms the foundation for further study or research as well as teaching at primary, secondary and FE levels (following the completion of relevant Initial Teacher Training programmes - PGDE or School Direct courses).

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers ( or email: for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website:

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team ( guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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