“After I graduate I would like to get into sports coaching and sports development. Middlesex has raised my awareness and knowledge in these specialised fields.”
Ejaz Ahmed, BSc Sport and Community Development student
Sports development professionals support all sections of the community to overcome health issues, as well as encouraging young people to enjoy and engage in sport. This top-up year is part of our thriving sports education department, boasting some of the best university teaching facilities in Britain.
Why study BA Sport and Community Development (top up) at Middlesex University?
Our specialist one-year course allows you to 'top up' an appropriate Foundation Degree to a BA Honours and equips you with a range of industry skills from elite coaching methods to sports funding bids and sustainability planning, while developing your expertise in community development.
During this top-up year you will have opportunities to complete a placement and projects with a range of our stakeholders and professional links to give you invaluable experience in the field. This broad education will arm you with the confidence and aptitude to work with a vast range of populations with varying motivation and fitness levels to use sport as a vehicle for long lasting change.
We nurture determined, professional sports professionals, primed with the technical skills, and scientific knowledge, to work across the spectrum of sport and exercise professions
100% of our Sport and Exercise Science graduates are now in professional careers (Unistats)
Our facilities at Allianz Park include research labs and rehabilitation, conditioning, and health and fitness suite
Our staff are active sports professionals, many are involved in coaching and sport performance and all maintain close links with industry, ensuring current professional practice informs your studies
Our smaller class sizes ensure you receive the personal attention required to thrive in your studies
We have professional links with prestigious sport organisations such as Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Saracens Rugby Club, so you can build industry contacts while you study
What will you study on the BA Sport and Community Development (top up) degree at Middlesex University?
You will learn to plan, deliver, evaluate and modify coaching sessions, alongside developing the professional knowhow to research and secure grants and funding opportunities for sport and community development programmes.
You will learn to analyse marketing and management strategies in the context of third sector community sport programmes and understand the research process to be able to apply this knowledge to professional practice. Our course will prepare you to work across a range of initiatives that increase and widen participation in sports, education, employment and health; on a local, national and international scale.
What are the entry requirements for the BA Sport and Community Development (top up) degree?
In order to apply for this top up year, we require you to have completed a two year foundation degree in a relevant subject area
GCSE English, Maths and Science with a minimum of Grade C are required.
For entry to Level 6, we consider the following qualifications:
240 credits from an undergraduate degree
120 ECTS credits
FdA and FdSc
HND (Merit grade)
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
What sort of careers can you have with a degree in Sport and Community Development?
The role of the sports development professional is exciting and diverse covering everything from organising sport-related projects, classes, programmes, coaching, club development and training. Sports development officers are involved in other areas of social policy from health, to crime to social inclusion and can find themselves working in organisations as diverse as charities, education providers, local councils, the NHS and often working with organisations such as schools, charities, sport national governing bodies (NGBs) and regeneration initiatives. They also work in partnership with government bodies to deliver government sports initiatives.
What about work placements?
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
What about professional accreditation?
Our undergraduate courses have been approved by SkillsActive as meeting the required industry standard which will give the following REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) recognised qualification/category of registration:
Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
What support is available?
Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business. Find out more here.
What do our students and graduates have to say about the course?
Ejaz Ahmed BSc Sport and Community Development
"This year, I carried out a work placement in Ealing. Along with other students, I set up a sports project at a homeless shelter where we delivered weekly sports activities and mini-games for homeless adults. The project gave me many new skills and experiences to take forwards.
"After I graduate I would like to get into sports coaching and sports development. Middlesex has raised my awareness and knowledge in these specialised fields and every project and piece of coursework I've carried out has increased my knowledge and understanding of what is expected and required."