Bachelor of Sport Development

Undergraduate degree

Broaden your horizons with a Bachelor of Sport Development, and learn about a variety of topics including coaching, management and marketing. Enquire now.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Learn about sport pathways and coaching, and the marketing and management of sport, and turn your passion for sport into a rewarding career. With Deakin’s Bachelor of Sport Development, you'll examine the science of coaching as well as the practical elements of encouraging participation and performance in sport.

Want the chance to develop your own coaching programs and sport development philosophies?

Through this specialised course, you’ll learn to develop and design sports systems, programs and pathways, and form an understanding of different contemporary health and community development approaches to sport. 

You'll also gain valuable insights into the management and government of sport organisations and understand how sport is used as a vital tool for development by analysing organisations within the sport industry and the skills used by professional sport managers.

Participating in work-integrated learning programs will allow you to pair your growing skill set with real-world experience. Make the most of Deakin’s international and domestic partnerships, and access industry-based volunteer experiences so you’ll graduate career ready.

You'll be ready to take on careers in: 

  • community and participation development
  • elite sport pathway development
  • facilities development and management
  • sport and recreation management
  • sport coaching and leadership
  • sport development 
  • sport policy.

Our world-class facilities mean that you’ll be learning in only the most elite environments. Due for completion in mid-2019, a new specialised indoor exercise and sport science building at the Melbourne Burwood Campus will feature four levels of state-of-the-art sport science learning facilities, providing a broad range of hands-on learning experiences for students.

Deakin is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network. This means we recognise the unique demands of being an elite athlete while meeting assessment deadlines, class attendance requirements and study workloads. We’ll work with you to ensure you can continue succeeding in all of your passions, not just your study.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Sport Development, students must attain a total of 24 credit points.  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:-

  • 10 credit points of Faculty of Business and Law core units
  • 10 credit points of Faculty of Health core units
  • completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • a zero credit point safety induction unit
  • 2 credit points of Faculty of Business and Law elective units
  • 2 credit points of Faculty of Health elective units

Core Units

Faculty of Business and Law units:

  • Academic Integrity MAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Sport and the Law MLC310
  • Marketing Fundamentals MMK101
  • Integrated Marketing Communications in the Digital Age MMK295 ^
  • Organisational Behaviour MMM240
  • Sport Organisation MMS100
  • Sport in Society MMS201
  • Sport Facility and Event Management MMS307
  • Sport Marketing MMS308
  • Planning for Sport Policy and Development MMS314
  • Professional Insight MWL101
  • ^ Previously coded MMK393


    Faculty of Health units:

  • Understanding Health HBS107
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety HSE010 (0 credit point unit)
  • Principles of Sport Coaching HSE105
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology HBS109
  • Exercise Physiology HSE201
  • Motor Learning and Development HSE204
  • Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice HSE205
  • Exercise Prescription for Fitness and Health HSE301
  • Exercise Programming HSE302
  • Issues in Sport Coaching HSE305
  • Sport Coaching and Development Practicum HSE321
  • Elective units

    The remaining 4 credit points are to include:

    • 2 credit points of Business and Law elective units and
    • 2 credit points of Health elective units

    Some recommended HBS/HPS and HSE electives

  • Health Information and Data HBS108
  • Health Behaviour HBS110
  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development HPS121
  • Functional Human Anatomy HSE102
  • Biomechanics HSE202
  • Exercise Behaviour HSE203
  • Cognitive and Behavioural Aspects of Sport and Exercise HSE309
  • Other general elective units

  • Creating Sustainable Futures SHD201
  • Creating Sustainable Futures SHD301
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Sport Development
    Year

    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400514423 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
    Deakin code
    M320
    CRICOS code?
    058665B
    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

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

    Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
    • successful completion of relevant study, equivalent to at least two Deakin University units, at an accredited higher education institution OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including a Foundation Program approved by Faculty Board or relevant work or life experience

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC


    Apply direct to Deakin

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 3 (November), 2019:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    If you're applying to study in Trimester 1 (March), 2020:

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Frequently asked questions

    What are the key study start dates?

    Browse all start and finish dates for Deakin’s main study periods. You’ll also find dates relating to applications and prospective student events, plus a list of all public holidays and study breaks.

    How much does it cost to study at Deakin?

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    Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?

    Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    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.

    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.
       

     


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