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. 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 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. 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.