Bachelor of Sport Development

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





3 years full-time
6 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$14,500.00* per year (more)
* 2024 indicative annual CSP fee

Entry requirements




Commencing in

Trimester 1


  • NIL

Assumed knowledge

  • Any General or Applied English subject (Units 3 and 4, C)
  • One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C)

About this program


This is your opportunity to turn your passion for sport into your profession - one with strong employment prospects. Taught on the Gold Coast in world-class facilities, this degree lets you learn the ins and outs of sport development and how to design, deliver and manage recreation activities for the broader community.  

Four main areas of study make up this degree: sport science, sport management and marketing, health promotion and sports coaching. You'll also study the specialist field of community development through sport which is all about increasing participation in sport through the design of sport systems and pathways to attract, retain and nurture participants. 

Industry and expert connections 

You'll gain intensive knowledge of both the academic and applied aspects of sport, health and fitness. You'll also complete the kind of studies industry have told us are key - physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, sociology, sports management, sport policy, fitness and sports coaching. You'll also complete an internship with an industry expert, letting you put your skills and knowledge into practice in an authentic environment. 

As part of your degree, you can experience several industry placements with experts in the field, letting you put your skills and knowledge into practice in an authentic environment. 

Graduate outcomes 

This degree builds upon Griffith's strong reputation in sport science with sport development delivered by award-winning and highly qualified staff in world-class facilities. Graduates will be prepared for a range of careers in community sport and recreation along with roles in professional sporting organisations. 

Honours is available for this degree with an extra year of study. 


Tailor your timetable - Even if you study full-time on-campus, you may still be able to customise your degree to suit your needs. From a range of tutorial times to online access to lectures and other course material, we're here to help you fit study in with your work and life commitments.

Related degrees

Code Program title Campus Intake
1493 Bachelor of Sport Development (this program) Gold Coast Trimester 1 only
1615 Bachelor of Sport Development/Bachelor of Business Gold Coast Trimester 1 and Trimester 2
2120 Bachelor of Sport Development (Honours) Gold Coast Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Progression is dependent upon satisfying admission requirements.

Attendance information

This program is offered full-time and part-time on-campus at the Gold Coast.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in this degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

All students will undertake 10 weeks (80 hours) of professional placement in the third year of the program.

My career opportunities

Key employment sectors*

  • Arts and Recreation Services
    • Community sport and recreation
    • Amateur and professional sporting organisations
    • Sport and recreation centres
    • State sporting organisations
  • Education and Training
    • Elite athlete development
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Administrative and Support Services

Potential job outcomes

  • Health promotion officer
  • Development officer
  • Sport marketing manager
  • Sport media officer
  • Sport program manager

*Source: Australian Government Job Outlook.

Professional Practice requirements

There are placements associated with this program and before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to have completed the following by the end of their first trimester of study:

  • Vaccinations and Health Tests
  • Licenses and Certificates
  • Online Training
  • Health Placement Requirements

Students should refer to the checklist of professional practice requirements for their Health discipline on the Health Placement Support Hub for full details of the requirements regarding professional placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The indicative fee represents the expected average fee for an annual full-time study load (80 credit points). This is based on average study patterns across courses and the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Sport Development (1493)

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Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

Further information

Additional fee information

Throughout your program you may be required to pay for the following items:

first aid certificate; immunisations; uniforms; expenses associated with placements such as travel and accommodation, Fit for Professional Practice Placement costs such as Blue Card, Police Check. See Health Placement Support Hub website for more details.