Module details for Duty of Care in Sport


One of the most important aspects of sport is the people involved, whether they are taking part, coaching, administering, volunteering or involved in some other capacity. However, as highlighted in the recent Sport Duty of Care Review, questions have been raised about whether the wellbeing and welfare of people are being put at the centre of what sport does and delivers. This module provides opportunities to examine relevant and contemporary topics related to duty of care in sport.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : a depth of knowledge and understanding related to duty of care in sport and experience of engaging within an interprofessional team in order to develop leadership, collaboration and innovation capabilities. Students will integrate knowledge and understanding related to a group-selected issue through the creation and development of an evidence-based resource. The module allows students to develop their understanding of project management, public engagement, enterprise, intellectual property rights, codes of practice and standards..

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Present knowledge and understanding related a selected topic as part of an interprofessional team.

2.  Integrate relevant knowledge, research and methodological approaches across disciplines to a selected topic.

3.  Demonstrate ability to apply, evaluate and reflect on collaboration, innovation and leadership skills..

4.  Present all work to a high academic standard, including acknowledgement of resources and referencing.

Indicative Content

1 Safeguarding

Students will learn about what more could be done to strengthen sport’s position in relation to the protection of young people and adults at all levels of sport.

2 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Students will learn about specific aspects of duty of care with relevance to equality, diversity and inclusion.

3 Injuries

Students will learn how the likelihood of injury can be lessened and whether improvements can be made to how sporting injuries are treated in the short and long term.

4 Career transitions

Students will learn about the support people receive as they transition through the sport system, including entering and leaving top-level sport.

5 Mental health

Students will learn about issues relating to the prevention, identification and management of mental health issues in sportspeople.

6 Education

Students will learn how sportspeople can be supported to help them balance education with their sporting activities.

7 Representation of the participant’s voice

Students will learn how the views of sportspeople are considered in decisions affecting them in sport.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 120
Independent 44
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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.