Module details for Sport Development


This module provides students with a critical overview of sport development in the UK to provide the student with knowledge and expertise to effectively develop sport in line with current policies and strategies.


The aim of this module is to provide the student with a critical overview of sport structures and policies and how they contribute to sport development in the UK.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of the structures and policies that are integral to contemporary sport development in the UK.

2.  Critically evaluate structures and policies that guide sport development and practice.

3.  Evaluate the effectiveness of mechanisms designed to implement sport policies in the sport workforce.

4.  Critically reflect upon the challenges and prospects of sport development in the UK

Indicative Content

1 Sport governance in the UK

An overview of how sport is structured and organised in the UK and explore the effectiveness of these structures

2 A basis for sport policy

Raising awareness of the underlying socio, cultural, political issues underpinning contemporary sport policy (e.g., health and well-being, physical activity, social inequality, protection of vulnerable people, elite sport)

3 Sport policy

A critical overview of contemporary sport policies at (inter)national, regional and local level.

4 Policy to practice

Critically explore the ways in which sport policy is actioned by a) national organisations as part of sport development (e.g., coach education, local schemes and strategies) and b) sport development officers.






Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 26
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 60
Independent 100
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.