Those engaged in sport development devise ways of enabling individuals to start, stay and succeed in sport. In essence much of the sport development process is about promoting positive behaviour change (e.g. from inactivity to activity) and creating a supportive environment for this change to occur. It is therefore imperative that professionals working in this area have the appropriate underpinning knowledge and skill to enable this process. We provide you with the knowledge and skills required for employment within the sport industry.
Why Study Sport Development with us?
The Sport Development course at Warrington is designed to produce ‘thinking practitioners’.
The course is based on robust academic underpinnings but also has a strong vocational focus and looks to both embed and then refine the important transferable skills required by employers in a variety of sport-related industries. The programme has been endorsed by SkillsActive and The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
There are also opportunities to gain additional vocational qualifications (e.g. First Aid) and National Governing Body (NGB) awards relevant to industry needs.
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104 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - CCC/BCC
BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM
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We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
Our course uses a number of cognate disciplines that underpin the study of sport. The course moves from theoretical foundations in Year 1 (Level 4) to more vocationally oriented and applied choices in Years 2 and 3 (Levels 5 and 6). In Year 1 (Level 4) you will examine the institutions, policies and factors that affect opportunities in sport, the nature and function of sport development and the motives for sport and physical activity behaviour.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5), the course is supported by a compulsory sustained period of work placement. You also have the opportunity to specialise in areas of sport development and how behaviour can be changed.
What will I learn?
Year 3 (Level 6) may provide you with an opportunity to participate in a conference, delivering a seminar/workshop on a contemporary sporting topic. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas of interest through module choices.
" The course provides an opportunity for you to develop the knowledge and skills required for the modern sport industry As a result, enhancing your employability to gain positions in a range of sport industry settings."
How will I be taught?
Lectures, seminars, practical sport, independent research and tutorials are some of the methods used to help you learn.
Staff on the Sport Development programme endeavour to maximise student-staff interaction.
You will also be expected to undertake appropriate self-guided independent study.
Each module is usually allocated two hours per week, therefore you will have approximately 12 hours of scheduled class contact each week, with staff given additional time for individual and group tutorials.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment methods vary between modules and include essays, practical work, presentations, seminars, objective tests and examinations. The assignment/examination ratio is weighted heavily towards coursework, although a small number of formal examinations do exist.
Assessments are designed to reflect industry practice and incorporate assessment of key transferable knowledge and skills (e.g. time management and communication), as well as subject knowledge and skills (sport development processes and practice).
Work Based Learning
You are required to complete a minimum of 144 hours in a University-approved placement of no less than 5 weeks in Year 2.
In Year 3, an optional module in sport coaching may be available to take. This will require you to undertake a 10-week (equivalent to 20 hours) individual coaching placement in a community setting.
Study Abroad Opportunities
An international exchange option may be available in place of Year 2 - whereby you undertake a negotiated programme of study at a host university. Students have previously undertaken this opportunity in Australia and the United States.
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Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Annual Tuition Fee
Full Fee Payment Award (per academic year)
International Foundation Programmes
Bachelor's degree including Foundation
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
You will be expected to purchase a university branded sport kit to be used during practicals and placements. As a guide, in 2015/16 a t-shirt cost £19.00 and a polo shirt cost £24.99.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
The Warrington Campus combines the best of long-established university traditions with up-to-the-minute modern developments.
Warrington: a Community Campus
The Warrington Campus provides a close-knit community, innovative courses, and a strong focus on employability and transferable skills. The thirty-acre site provides excellent academic and social facilities for both residential and commuting undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Warrington: a diverse Campus
At Warrington, we offer a number of different courses facilitating a wide range of future careers. The courses available can be broadly separated into three main subject areas: the Creative Industries, Warrington School of Management, and Public Sector.
With a number of creative industries based in the North West of England, now is a great time to gain the skills you need to pursue a career in this evolving industry. Our Warrington Campus provides students with a wide variety of courses, 24-hour studio access, and industry active academics. We aim to provide you with the skills and experience you need to excel in your future career.
Business and Management
The Warrington School of Management prides itself on its varied and innovative approach to teaching, exploring a range of general areas as well as more specialised subjects. You may have the opportunity to undertake a work-based learning placement in Year 2, or a year’s paid placement, ensuring you have the vocational experience to back up your academic achievement.
The Public Sector
We have a wide range of courses available for students looking to develop a career in the public sector. From practically orientated Sport and Community courses (with built-in coaching opportunities), professionally linked Nursing, Social Work and PGCE courses, to uniform Policing courses; we’ve got a selection of courses for you to choose from. Our excellent support network, wide-ranging placements, and our dedication to interdisciplinary work makes Warrington a fantastic place to start your career.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
The town of Warrington is becoming increasingly well-known for its innovative and diverse schedule of events and performance, including live concerts, theatre, variety shows, cabaret and comedy. Parr Hall is the town's premier venue for live music, while Pyramid is a leading centre for the arts.
The town centre is host to a wide selection of clubs, pubs and bars to suit all tastes, ranging from the hip and trendy to the traditional tavern. Whether you're into house, hip hop, indie, rock or jazz, you'll always find somewhere you'll love.
Warrington is well-known for the Warrington Wolves rugby league club, one of the premier teams in Europe and were recent winners of the Challenge Cup for two years running.
Warrington is particularly well-placed for students who enjoy a trip to the city, situated half an hour from the cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Chester.
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