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Bachelor of Sport Development

Approved Abbreviation: BSpDevt

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4741.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 097004E

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is Autumn 2019.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year 2018 - please refer to: 4741.1 Bachelor of Sport Development

The Bachelor of Sport Development takes a multidisciplinary approach to prepare graduates for careers in the sport and active recreation industry. They can pursue a range of roles, including development, promotion and management, in areas such as community sports and recreation organisations and facilities, professional sport organisations, community engagement teams, state and national sporting organisations and not for profit sport for social change agencies. The program includes studies in physical activity, exercise and health promotion, sport coaching, psychology, sport management, and capacity building through community projects.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time


Assumed knowledge: Any two units of English

Recommended studies: Personal development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE); Business studies; Economics

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
During the first year of enrolment in this course, in order to enrol in particular units and prior to attending any internship or applied project placement students must have: 1. Child Protection Course submitted to Student Central, 2. Working with Children Check submitted to Student Central.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Start year

Year 1

Autumn session

400870Population Health and Society
400880Fundamentals of Exercise Science
201000The World of Sport Business
401243Sport for Social Development

Spring session

400808Outdoor Recreation
401395Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory
401383Evidence in Health
401415Promoting Health Collaboratively in Communities

Year 2

Autumn session

400866Culture, Diversity and Health
200990Special Event Management

And two electives

Spring session

401283Community Sport Development
400798PDHPE: Games for Diverse Groups
401411Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health
200996Sport Entertainment

Year 3

Autumn session

401055Sport and Exercise Psychology
401244Sport Development Internship
200998Strategic Sport Leadership
400894Contemporary Youth Health Issues

Spring session

201001Our Sporting Future
401246Sport Development Applied Project

And two electives

Sub-major Elective Spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for sub-majors

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective units toward obtaining an additional approved sub-major in Critical Thinking.

SM3083Critical Thinking

Please note: SM3083 Critical Thinking has been replaced by SM8001 Critical and Systems Thinking from 2022. Continuing students enrolled in SM3083 are able to remain in and successfully complete the unit requirements of this specialisation.

SM8001Critical and Systems Thinking

Western Sydney University offers sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Other suggested elective Sub-majors

SM4001Health Promotion
SM4002Health Practice Management
SM4003Public Health
SM4004Health and Recreation
SM4008Exercise Science

Students can apply for an elective sub-major via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Replaced Units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

400892 - Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2020 or earlier.

400244 - Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory

400863 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice

101900 - Working with Communities

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