Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Design for Sport, Health and Wellbeing

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2021


In a nutshell

This course will start in September 2021

The BA (Hons) Design for Sport, Health and Wellbeing is an industry-focused design programme. It is a collaboration between the School of Arts and Media and the School of Health and Society and as such draws upon a wealth of expertise, knowledge and established external partnerships.

This course is concerned with the design of Products and Services for Sports, Health and Wellbeing. It is underpinned by Design Thinking and Human-Centred Design, where the human user is central to the design process. The indicative themes are current and forward looking, broad in scope and will enable you to acquire specialist knowledge and skills preparing you for employment across a broad range of product and service design related roles.

You will:
  • use our new £55 million purpose-built Arts and Media building which includes extensive design studios and specialist workshops.
  • be taught by specialist staff and industry professionals, gaining insight, contacts and direct experience of Design for Health and Wellbeing
  • work on live projects, and strong industry engagement that will give you a real understanding and first-hand experience of Design for Health and Wellbeing

students accepted

Course details

All about the course

Industry collaboration is a central plank of the programme, with each theme having industry and expert support in the form of visiting lectures, site visits, live briefs, and project sponsorships The themes will allow you both individually and working in teams to generate, develop and effectively communicate design solutions in response to an issue or opportunity identified from your design research and subsequent insight. Specialist subject knowledge such as human physiology, an understanding of the relevant business environments, design skills, enabling and manufacturing technology will be introduced and developed at appropriate stages in the project.

This programme will prepare you to enter the design industry as designers across a wide range of professional environments.

University of Salford has a very hands-on approach to Design. Through a series of practical project-led modules, you will gain a sound understanding of the design and production processes and can apply your creativity to a range of situations. You will learn how to analyse, interpret, generate concepts and present your ideas to industry standard.

You will develop strong technical and craft skills in workshop practice. This will be supported by a solid understanding of professional practice including Intellectual property and entrepreneurship.

Year one

The year one modules breakdown the design process over two key themes. The year aims to establish good practice and a clear application of design process.

Year two

The year two modules acknowledge the interconnected nature of the design process and explore the theme areas with a semester long module that encompasses the whole design process with formative feedback points.

Year three

Year three is for applying the previous learning in an extended self-directed approach. Semester one sets up the ground work and idea generation. Semester two is for the development, making and presenting. The year will end with a degree show.




Year one

Design for Fitness and Performance: Research

Design for Fitness and Performance: Development

Design for Fitness and Performance: Realisation

Design for an Ageing Population: Research

Design for an Ageing Population: Development

Design for an Ageing Population: Realisation

Year two

Design for Medicine and Surgery

Medicine and surgery allows us to a broad topic area form the psychological effect of drugs to the physiological effects of surgical intervention. A rounded knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology will help underpin this extended module.  

Design for Parasport, Disability and Inclusive Sport

Parasport, Disability and Inclusive Sport  allows us to explore a specialist area in detail from Paralympics elite sport through to inclusive sport a School and Community level. . A rounded knowledge of physics, chemistry and biology will help underpin this extended module.  

Design for Rehabilitation and Recovery

Rehabilitation and recovery covers a span from wounded soldiers to neo-natal surgery. In this option module we will explore the process of adapting to new situations.

Design for Leisure and Recreation

For many Sport Health and Wellbeing are inexorably interconnected in our leisure and recreation. In this module we may apply human-centered design thinking to the essential act of maintaining our bodies, fun and an important industry

Year three

Major Project: Research

Major Project: Ideation

Major Project: Realisation

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?




You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

You use industry-standard design software and have access to engineering and computer laboratory facilities throughout your course.

At level 4 you typically have around 21 contact hours per week, usually consisting of:

  • 15 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of seminars
  • 3 hours of supervised practical workshops
  • 1 hour of personal tutorials


When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. We advise you should take around 16 hours of independent study per week. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and the School’s many workshops.


Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.

This broad range of disciplines offers enhanced opportunities for specialist and interdisciplinary study, including collaborative work across subject areas.

Design Facilities

This course is based at our £55 million New Adelphi, the home of design on campus. Facilities in New Adelphi include a digital rapid prototyping workshop, which includes 3D printers, CNC machines and laser cutters, among others. 

When you study with us, you will be supported by trained workshop technicians, who can provide full inductions to help you get the most out of the equipment on offer.

Health Facilities

Our School of Health and Society has a number of facilities which mirror those in industry, including clinical practice wards and simulation suites. These are designed to look and feel exactly like real-world environments, such as hospital wards, so designs can be applied to facilities in which they would be used.

Take a 360 tour of the facilities here

Sport Facilities

The sport-based facilities in the School of Health and Society include the human performance laboratory. This is one of the best equipped in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical testing equipment, including a 30-metre sprint track with in-built force platforms, motion cameras, blood and gas analysis equipment and speed guns.

The University is also home to three gait labs, which, together with the human performance lab, are used to conduct groundbreaking research by the Centre for Health, Sport and Rehabilitation Sciences Research. 

This provides the ideal environment for you to observe, and design, cutting edge assets for sports development.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Upon completion of the programme graduates will be equipped to undertake several roles; first and foremost, they will be employed as designers either in a consultancy situation or in a manufacturing environment. It is envisaged that their skill set will make them attractive to companies and organisation involved in the design, production and marketing of products and services for Sport, Health and Wellbeing. Having developed a range of generic design skills graduates will employable across a broad range of design disciplines. With an emphasis upon transferable skills graduates are also likely to be employed beyond the design areas and will successfully contribute to a range of roles in both the service and manufacturing sectors.

A taste of what you could become

A Product Designer

A Design Consultant

A Software Developer

A Design Researcher

A Production Manager

A Brand Manager

Career Links

This new programme has been developed with industry in response to the increasing local, national and international demand for graduates with cross disciplinary skill sets. It builds upon the established success and reputation of courses in design, health and wellbeing as well as the strong regional industry partnerships that have been developed over many years.

A key feature of the course is collaboration across two schools within University of Salford, which offers you a unique opportunity to study across disciplines leading to the development of a bespoke set of cross over knowledge and skill sets.  

The course will be of benefit to those seeking employment with local and national companies, to undertake periods of placements / work experience and benefit from visiting specialist lecturers and professionals. In addition, the course will include visits to companies to engage and meet with professional designers and service users.


What you need to know

As with all design courses, good visual communication skills are required. This can include drawing in its broadest sense, from observational drawing through sketch development, to presentation drawings and technical drawing. We are particularly interested in how you generate your design ideas and then develop them towards a final piece; your design process.

Above all, we want you to be enthusiastic and interested in Art, Design, Health, Wellbeing and sport as well as the creative industries in general.

The selection process will involve an interview and consideration of a portfolio of work and artefacts. Where necessary, portfolios may be submitted digitally and/or interviews may take place via Skype or other virtual means.

The UCAS application should indicate, as well as the required academic qualifications, an awareness of design, in the context of Sport, Health and Wellbeing through your personal applicant statement. This may be evidenced by referencing examples of particularly ‘good’ or ‘bad’ examples of design. You should look to support your views and opinions in a reasoned and objective way.

Above all at Salford, we want you to be enthusiastic and interested in Art, Design, Health, Wellbeing and Sport as well as the creative industries in general.


Your personal statement should evidence, in addition to the required academic qualifications, an awareness of design, design thinking and human-centered design, as well as an interest in sports, health and well-being. Don’t just tell us what you’ve done but also what you’ve learnt from doing it. You should look to support your views and opinions in a reasoned and objective way.

If you are called for interview we will send you further guidance well in advance.


Applicants must satisfy the University’s English Language requirements as per the University’s Admissions and Retention Policy.

Applicants whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. This qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University. 

EEA applicants based in the UK may be able to take an English language test at the University.  Please contact Salfordlanguages@salford.ac.uk for more details.


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.



Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

For further information, go to International Scholarships.

Standard entry requirements


English and maths GCSE grade C/grade 4.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

UCAS Tariff Points

96-112 points

A Level

96-112 points including an A2 in an art and design or a design and technology subject at grade C

BTEC National Diploma

MMM-DMM including an Art and Design / Design and Technology subject.

Scottish Highers

96-112 points including an Art and Design / Design and Technology subject.

Irish Leaving Certificate

96-112 points including an Art and Design / Design and Technology subject.

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Distinction (112 points) or Merit (96 points). If you have a Pass (80 points) you must have additional qualifications to a total of 96 points.

Access to HE

Pass Level 3 Access to HE Diploma with 96-112 points (in relevant subjects)

International Baccalaureate

31 points. Art and Design subjects preferred but not essential.

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma with at least 69% overall (in a relevant subject).

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £14,400per year
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £14400per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2021

September 2022

UCAS information

Course ID W700

Institution S03

This course will start in September 2021