This course is about making a difference. It is about you developing solutions to issues in sport, and so from the start we push you to think differently in terms of how you view sport and those that take part and those that don’t. Sport development means the ability to understand the needs of others, developing a creative, yet logical mind-set to providing opportunities for sport to be successful and a desire to get the message out there that sport and physical activity is fun, rewarding, good for you and one of the few pursuits that can bring communities together. We give you the option of taking a foreign language as one of your options in the second year even if you have no previous qualifications. Our sport development degree is so varied that you are bound to find something that ignites a spark in you. That could be being an event manager, from running events for local primary schools to learning how to support the press at major events such as the Olympic Games. You could be gaining an appreciation of how sport in schools work and the broad range of opportunities that exist or understanding how marketing can make such a huge difference in getting more people involved in sport through understanding what makes them tick. You might be interested in setting up your own enterprise or even developing your coaching skills with young people or adults. Your studies involve theory and practical elements, where lectures and essay writing are combined with real-world projects and opportunities to put your knowledge into practice. You can choose to continue with the coaching aspect of the degree over the three years, or concentrate on other areas. Your final year enables you to specialise more in an area of your choice and your final dissertation project will give you the opportunity to develop in-depth research into your area of interest. You develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the sports industry, what makes it work and which organisations are key to its success. **Employability and added value opportunities** You can enhance your experience and career prospects by • volunteering on programmes, such as our primary schools Ready, Steady, Coach programme • becoming a Sport Activator where you lead sessions in the University’s social sport programme • volunteer for one of our many local partners as a coach or intern where you can apply for bursaries to gain professional coaching qualifications in return for volunteering hours. You also have the opportunity to attend our industry-recognised annual student sport conference where you will be able to meet and talk with a range of sport industry professionals, many of whom are our graduates who return to advise you on how they got their first job and what you can do to develop yourselves professionally. You can also further enhance your employability skills through our well-established and unique partnerships with international major events. Past students have worked with the world’s press on the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Tour De France and the London Marathon. The staff team are constantly working with future major events to enable more students to gain prime volunteering positions, such as the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia and other major sporting events in the UK over the next five years **Placements** We offer you a six week placement experience with major local and national partner organisations, including • national governing bodies of sport • local school PE Departments • local authority sport development units • County Sport Partnerships and overseas programmes in a variety of countries.