Foundation Degree in Sports Development and Management

Full-time, HE
Level 5
two years
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Duration: Two years

The general focus of this programme is to enable students to gain vocational experience whilst developing an expansive knowledge of sports management issues and concepts within the context of the wider leisure industry environment.

Updated December 2022

Year 1 covers:

  • Fitness and Well-being Management
  • Research Methods and Learning in a Digital Era
  • Sport Event Management
  • Sporting Organisations and Leadership
  • Sport, Physical Activity and Society
  • Sports Coaching and Performance Reviews

Year 2 covers:

  • Applied Coaching and High-Performance Cultures
  • Community Sports Planning and Delivery
  • Managing the Professional and Elite Sports Environment
  • Sports Infrastructure, Design and Operation
  • The Cultural Sporting World
  • Work Placement and Building a Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment

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Key information

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS points 


Course Delivery

Students will also work towards coaching qualifications, a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification and a safety steward qualification.

Work placement takes place in Year 2 and is 120 hours.

Assessments include phased tests, reports, portfolios, practical activity, work logs, reflective writing and presentations.

Progression Opportunities

The course gives students the relevant skills and abilities for a career in the private, public and voluntary sectors of the sports, leisure, events and health and fitness industries. Alternatively, students can join the final year of the BA (Hons) Sports Management degree programme at the University of  Wales Trinity Saint David.
More opportunities can be found on the Careers in Sport website

Additional Information

How to apply?
You will need to apply via UCAS (UCAS code S85Q)
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Accreditation of Prior learning

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David welcomes applications on the basis of prior learning, further details can be found at Academic Office | UWTSD

Tuition fees are £9,000 per year. For academic year 2023-24, students will need to get a tuition fee loan for the full amount.
The College is offering a £1,000 bursary per year (this is dependant on satisfactory course progression). For information on financial support - including tuition fee loans - please visit

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e:

  • travel to and from college, or placement
  • photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
  • printing and binding
  • gowns for graduation ceremonies
  • approx. £60 for kit package
  • £38 for a DBS check for any placements