Bachelor of Sport Development

  • Effective from: 2019
  • Approved Abbreviation: BSpDevt
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4741
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 097004E

This program applies to students who commenced in Autumn 2019.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

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. Students will complete a minimum of 100 hours of placement/internship as part of this course.

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time

Program Advice

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above

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 program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

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

International students should also refer to the link below 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

Vaccination Requirements

For those students enrolling in 2022, please be aware of the below Public Health Order and Department of Education requirements. Students will be required to meet the below order to be able to attend their relevant placements in Schools (SPRT 2007 Games for Diverse Groups, SPRT 3003 Coaching Sport and Recreation Activities) and with relevant sporting clubs (SPRT 3003 Coaching Sport and Recreation Activities):

  • The Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers): Order dated 23 September states that:
    • all education and care workers must not carry out relevant work on or after 8 November 2021 unless the worker has – 
      • Had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or
      • Been issued with a medical contraindication certificate (there is a specific certificate issued by a medical practitioner – a normal Doctor’s Certificate will not be accepted)


  • Assumed knowledge: Any two subjects 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 may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. 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 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.

All other 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 

During the first year of enrolment in this program, in order to enrol in particular subjects 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.

Program Structure

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

Recommended Sequence

Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
SPRT 1001 Fundamentals of Exercise Science 10
BUSM 1031 The World of Sport Business 10
SPRT 1008 Sport for Social Development 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
SPRT 1005 Outdoor Recreation 10
REHA 1008 Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
PUBH 1011 Promoting Health Collaboratively in Communities 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
BUSM 3065 Special Event Management 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
Spring session
SPRT 2012 Community Sport Development 10
SPRT 2007 PDHPE: Games for Diverse Groups 10
NATS 2040 Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health 10
BUSM 2037 Sport Entertainment 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
BEHV 3025 Sport and Exercise Psychology 10
SPRT 3012 Sport Development Internship 10
BUSM 3070 Strategic Sport Leadership 10
SPRT 3005 Contemporary Youth Health Issues 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
BUSM 3053 Our Sporting Future 10
SPRT 3011 Sport Development Applied Project 10
Select two electives 20
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor 
Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Western Sydney University also offers the following innovative transdisciplinary minors which we encourage those students who have elective space to consider.

Equitable Technologies
Urban Evolution
Migration and Global Change  
Personal Innovation    
Innovating, Creating and Problem Solving 
Eco-Socially Conscious Design and Manufacturing
Water for Life 
Climate Justice
Global Workplaces
Innovating For Humans

Search for majors and minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Students who maintain a GPA of 5 or higher may use elective subjects toward obtaining an additional approved minor in Critical Thinking.

Critical and Systems Thinking, Minor

Please note: SM3083 Critical Thinking, Minor (0033) has been replaced by SM8001 Critical and Systems Thinking, Minor (0287) from 2022. Continuing students enrolled in SM3083 Critical Thinking, Minor (0033) are able to remain in and successfully complete the subject requirements of this field of study.

Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Other suggested elective minors

Health Promotion, Minor
Health Practice Management, Minor
Public Health, Minor
Health and Recreation, Minor
Exercise Science, Minor

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)

Replaced Subjects

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier. 

HLTH 2019 - Physical Activity, Nutrition and Health

The subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier. 

REHA 2002 - Introduction to Leisure and Recreation Theory

HLTH 1001 - Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice

CULT 1020 - Working with Communities