Bachelor of Sport Development

Undergraduate degree

Gain practical skills and insights into sport development, management and science while you prepare for a rewarding career in sport.

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#1 sport science school worldwide*

Benefit from industry connections and partnerships

Graduate job ready through practical learning

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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent


Burwood (Melbourne)

Current Deakin Students

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Course overview

Turn your passion for sport into a rewarding career with Deakin's Bachelor of Sport Development. Ranked #1 in the world for sport science*, Deakin has world-class academics, facilities and industry connections to teach you the skills to use sport to drive positive change in the community.

You will learn to build the capacity of community sport organisations, clubs, leagues and associations and learn practical methods to guide sport organisations in strategy, governance, policy and risk management.

State-of-the-art sports precincts combined with a long list of sports partners - including the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, Netball Victoria and the Melbourne Vixens, Geelong Football Club, and Cricket Australia - mean you will be studying in elite environments, both on and off campus. With over 100 hours of work placement, you can work alongside established professionals in sport while building industry experience that will prepare you for your future career.

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

In the Bachelor of Sport Development, you will learn to develop and manage coaches, officials and other volunteers. We will teach you how to design funding applications and implement the programming that underpins community sport development covering topics such as inclusion, culture and diversity, integrity and safeguarding.

If sport has had a positive impact on your life, you are well placed to enter a career that focuses on ensuring current and future generations experience the benefits of sport. You will 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 will learn how sport can be used as a powerful tool to rebuild and re-energise communities that have suffered inequality or social challenges.

The study areas you will 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.

Looking for 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 game day.

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

*ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2021, 2022, 2023

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Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Sport Development

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400514421 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
CRICOS code?
058665B Burwood (Melbourne)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Sport Development, students must attain a total of 22 core units (11 units from Business and Law and 11 units from Health), 2 elective units (1 unit from Business and Law and 1 unit from Health), plus completion of the 0-credit point module, DAI001 Academic Integrity Module and unit, 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 DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory module)
  • completion of HSE010 Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • 3 credit points of Foundation for Sport Development units
  • 6 credit points of Sport Organisation Development units
  • 5 credit points of Coaching units
  • 6 credit points of Community Development units
  • 2 credit points of Practicum units
  • 2 credit points of elective units (one from Business and Law and one from Health)

Core Units

Foundation for Sport Development units:
  • Managing Self and Others
  • Sport Organisation
  • Sport in Society

  • Sport Organisation Development units:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Sport Facility and Event Management
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Policy and Development (Capstone)

  • Coaching units:
  • Principles of Sport Coaching
  • Motor Learning and Development
  • Advanced Sport Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Issues in Sport Coaching
  • High Performance Sport Environments

  • 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 (Capstone)

  • Practicum units:

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

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Exercise and Sport Laboratory Safety
  • Elective units

    Completion of 2 credit points:

    one credit point from Business and Law

    one credit point from Health

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    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

    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.


    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 standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    This course provides students the opportunity to complete one or more work integrated learning units.
    More Information: WIL Programs

    International Students:

    This course includes Work Integrated Learning (WIL) formally registered as part of the course on the CRICOS register. The total work integrated learning hours will differ depending on the WIL unit you choose. For more information about WIL hours, please check the unit information in the handbook or the unit guide.

    For information about how WIL units may impact student visa holder work rights, please visit See Schedule 8 (8102)Visa Conditions.

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    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 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


    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and have not undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter - it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 35 in any Business, any English, Health And Human Development, any Information Technology or Physical Education equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in any Business, English other than EAL, Health And Human Development, any Information Technology, Maths: Further Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics 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.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    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 - (CSP)?
    $15,957 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    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 on our Current students fees website.

    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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    Indigenous Access Scheme

    You can apply for this course through the Indigenous Access Scheme, which recognises the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and considers the skills, experience and community work that prepares you for study. We look beyond your ATAR and academic results so we can reward your hard work with a place at university.

    Entry pathways

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    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

    Top 1% of universities worldwide#

    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
    • Community engagement officer
    • Club development officer
    • Sport and recreation officer/manager
    • Sport program development officer
    • Participation coordinator/manager
    • Sports coach
    • Sport development officer
    • Sport governance official
    • Sport policy officer.

    Professional recognition

    Deakin Business School holds 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 2021, 2022, 2023