Bachelor of Sport Development

Undergraduate degree

The Bachelor of Sport Development provides insights into sport development, management and science, allowing you to develop a rewarding career in sport.

#1 sport science school in Australia*

Benefit from industry connections and partnerships

Graduate job ready through practical learning

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
65.25
Lowest selection rank

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Timely VTAC entry closes 30 September 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

With Deakin's Bachelor of Sport Development, you'll examine the science of coaching as well as the practical methods of encouraging health and wellbeing through participation and performance in sport. Explore sport pathways and coaching, as well as the marketing and management of sport in ways that impact the health and wellbeing of communities, and turn your lifelong passion into a rewarding career.

Deakin is the 9th-ranked university in the world for sport-related subjects^, largely due to our leading academics, industry connections, facilities and practical approach to learning. State-of-the-art sports precincts combined with a long list of sports partners – including the Geelong Football Club, Netball Australia and the AIS – mean you’ll be studying in elite environments, on and off campus. Plus, with over 200 hours of work placement, you can work alongside established professionals in sport, while building industry skills that prepare you for your future career.

Want to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities through sport?

If you're considering a degree in sport development, sport has likely been a positive force in your life. With a Bachelor of Sport Development, you can enter a career that’s all about ensuring current and future generations experience the benefits of sport, just like you. You'll develop sport programs that improve health and social outcomes, and harness sport’s capacity to bring people together in times of need. In particular, you’ll learn how sport can be used as a powerful tool to rebuild and re-energise communities that have suffered inequality or social challenges. These are skills that will be especially sought-after in a post-COVID-19 landscape.

The study areas you’ll cover are relevant to the needs of the industry and give you a deep understanding of:

  • sport systems
  • programs and pathways
  • contemporary health and community development approaches
  • the organisation, management and governance of sport organisations.


Leaning towards a career that takes you out of the stands and onto the field? The course also trains you in skills related to athlete development and on-field performance. Get practical experience developing coaching programs and sport development philosophies, and discover what it takes to prepare individuals and teams for sport.

Your studies will be enriched with real-world experience and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply your skills outside of the classroom.

  • Study in state-of-the-art sport facilities – Deakin is home to an elite sports precinct, professional equipment and labs that provide authentic training environments.
  • Graduate job-ready with 200 hours of industry experience – get a taste of your future career on placement and work on development programs alongside established professionals.
  • Leverage our industry partnerships to secure exciting internships – we have a network of over 150 industry connections, including the Geelong Cats, Netball Australia, Nike Australia, the Melbourne Boomers and Cricket Victoria.
  • Go on an international study tour – join our leading sport academics on a study tour and connect with global organisations like the Indian Premier League.


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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Sport Development, students must attain a total of 24 core units (12 units from Business and Law and 12 units from Health) plus completion of the 0-credit point units, MAI010 Academic Integrity and HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.

To complete the course you must include:-

  • completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • completion of HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 3 credit points of Foundation for Sport Development units
  • 7 credit points of Sport Organisation Development units
  • 6 credit points of Coaching units
  • 6 credit points of Community Development units
  • 2 credit points of Practicum units

Core Units

Foundation for Sport Development units:
  • Intrapersonal Skills
  • Sport Organisation
  • Sport in Society

  • Sport Organisation Development units:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Sport Facility and Event Management
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Leadership and Governance
  • Planning for Sport Policy and Development

  • Coaching units:
  • Essentials of Exercise Delivery
  • Principles of Sport Coaching
  • Motor Learning and Development
  • Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Issues in Sport Coaching
  • Managing High Performance Sport

  • Community Development units:

  • Physical Activity and Exercise for Health
  • Pathways in the Physical Activity, Exercise and Health Industry
  • Physical Activity Promotion and Evaluation
  • Children's Physical Activity and Sport
  • Physical Activity and Population Health
  • Global Perspectives in Physical Activity and Exercise for Health

  • Practicum units:

  • Sport Coaching and Development Practicum
  • Sport Management Practicum
  • Compulsory 0-credit point units

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Sport Development
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400514421 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    M320
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    More information: WIL Programs

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If your performance in previous studies has been affected by factors outside of your control or you wish your professional work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If your performance in previous studies has been affected by factors outside of your control or you wish your professional work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    If your performance in previous studies has been affected by factors outside of your control or you wish your professional work, life or community experience to be considered you are required to complete and submit a personal statement. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in any Business, English other than EAL, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics or Physical Education equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in any Business, English other than EAL, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics or Physical Education equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students
    • recent Year 12 student who completed secondary education in the past two years.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • applicants with work and life experience, who left secondary education more than two years ago
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

      Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply to VTAC.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Sport Development with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Student Services Network (Faculty of Business and Law)
    Tel 03 9244 6555
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Top 1% of universities worldwide^

    Partners include the Geelong Cats and Melbourne Boomers

    5-star rated university#

    1 of 3 business schools in Victoria accredited by AACSB

    Career outcomes

    This course will prepare you for roles in coaching, the leisure industry, and sports science and in the field of community sports development.

    Career opportunities include:

    • community sports development officer
    • high performance manager
    • player agent
    • professional sports association official
    • recreation officer
    • sports coach
    • sports development officer
    • sports governance official
    • sports policy officer.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School is in the top 1% of business schools globally by holding both AACSB and EQUIS accreditations. These prestigious accreditations are awarded to business schools that meet strict standards of quality, academic and professional excellence, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing improvement and innovation in their courses, ensuring our graduates are employable worldwide.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate core knowledge of the distinction between the development of and through sport by analysis and application of theory in sport development, coaching, and allied disciplines in order to provide effective management in the development and delivery of sport.
    Communication Develop written, oral and visual communication skills around complex concepts for diverse stakeholders with interests in sport development and coaching including organisations in government and corporate sectors, and those involved in delivery of sport at community through to elite settings.
    Digital literacy Select and use a range of digital technologies in appropriate ways to manage and disseminate relevant information to stakeholders engaged in sport development and coaching.
    Critical thinking Demonstrate the ability to exercise reasoned judgement and reflection in relation to managing sport development and coaching.
    Problem solving Identify and address issues, formulate solutions related to the development and design of sport policy, systems, pathways and practices to implement efficient strategic and operational outcomes for enhancing the development of and through sport.
    Self management Demonstrate skills to work independently and take responsibility for continuing professional development.
    Teamwork Constructively engage in teams to contribute to collaborative outcomes and be able to take on roles towards demonstration of sound management of sport development and coaching.
    Global citizenship Engage as a professional in the sport industry with the skills that are applicable to a variety of contexts (sport science, coaching, sport management) and issues (global, social, ethical, cultural) in the development of and through sport.
       

     

    *ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2018
    #QS Stars University Ratings 2016–2017
    ** Application close dates vary. Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.