On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
In your first year, you'll study a variety of subjects to help you understand the wider sporting context.
Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology: Understand sport and exercise psychology theories, and learn how sport psychology and the sporting environment are linked. You'll look at how the brain impacts on human behaviour.
Principles of Coaching: Develop your knowledge of sports coaching theories and practices, and learn how they're used in practical coaching environments. You'll learn about issues related to working in the sporting industry, which will prepare you for the work-based learning placement in Year 2.
Sport Management: Gain business and personal management skills. You'll learn about operational management, marketing, planning and financial issues and key issues related to working within the sporting industry, and develop problem solving, numeric, reflective and analytical skills.
Social Perspectives in Sport: This unit will teach you about social issues in sport, and sociological theories you can use in a sporting context. You'll develop thinking skills to help you place your own sporting experiences in the broader sociological environment.
Research Skills: Learn how to find and use academic literature and the variety of ways to submit your work. You'll also be introduced to principles that support the coaching process.
Functional Anatomy: An introduction to the anatomy linked with physical activity and sports performance. You'll learn about how the human body works, particularity the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
In your second year, you'll develop more subject specific knowledge and learn about what you'll need to work effectively during your industrial work placement in Year Three.
Research Methods: You'll be taught about the importance of research in your understanding of sport. It will give you the skills you'll need for collecting, analysing and presenting data, and develop your understanding of research ethics. You'll learn about the diverse nature of research activity in sports contexts.
Exercise Physiology: Physiological changes happen because of training and exercise. This includes how changing environmental conditions affect the human body’s ability to function. You'll also become familiar with the requirements for valid and reliable physiological assessment in a laboratory setting.
Psychology of Exercise: Study human behaviour in the exercise environment. You'll look at the relationship between exercise and health and wellbeing, and how exercise could improve mental health.
Psychology of Human Performance: Building on what you learnt in the Introduction Sport & Exercise Psychology unit, you'll learn how to make informed judgements about the psychological factors that affect human performance, and how to make psychological interventions in the sporting environment.
Developing Coaching Principles: Build on your sports coaching skills. Gain experience of working in the sporting industry. You'll plan, assess and reflect on your personal development in relation to sporting knowledge and expertise, coaching performance, and interpersonal working relationships.
Personal & Professional Development in Sport: You'll be taught about the relationships between personnel and human resource management in the management of people in sport organisations. You'll learn about the range of personnel and human resources practices in sport organisations, and the legal frameworks which govern the management of people in sport organisations.
Placement: A (minimum) 30-week supervised work placement in the UK or overseas which gives you the opportunity to turn theory into practice in a business environment. Our Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre has excellent links with sporting organisations and national governing bodies in both the UK and Australia. This includes Sport England, UK Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport. We also have links with a number of European sporting organisations and their counterparts in North America.
In your final year, you'll have the opportunity to develop and merge your academic and industrial skills. You'll choose a unit to reflect your area of interest.
Dissertation: A piece of independent work that involves collecting, interpreting and analysing data. You'll share your key findings through a sustained and balanced argument. The dissertation will develop your analytical and problem solving skills. You'll develop a critical attitude to research methods, and the ethical issues associated with researching.
Applied Sport Psychology: How applied sport psychology can enhance sport training and performance. You'll learn how to evaluate the psychological factors that affect sports performance and how to use intervention strategies.
Performance Analysis in Coaching: Performance analysis in sports coaching and performance sport. You'll learn how to apply various analysis techniques for performers and coaches and the ability to give appropriate feedback from your findings.
Option units (choose two)
Critical Notional Analysis in Sport: Learn how to apply notational analysis techniques within the coaching field and also how to write appropriate research papers to further the knowledge of performance analysis in the field of sport.
Applied Physiology: Physiological assessment and the best practices for it. You'll complete practical physiological assessments of athletes from the community, and assess how technical matters such as health and safety affect the management of sport laboratories and field-based work.
Consultancy Project: Gain skills in researching a business problem, identifying solutions and making proposals that satisfy a corporate client’s needs and circumstances.
Managing Performance Coaching: Study the elite athlete and the performance environment. You'll learn to effectively identify and manage lifestyle, performance and training issues in the performance environment.
Marketing & Corporate Communications: Learn how to identify and manage marketing communications issues in business environments, with an emphasis on service sector issues.
Professionalism and Leadership: Improve your professionalism through personal reflection, group feedback and experiential learning. Analyse your leadership and management skills in situations you might encounter, and identify opportunities in large companies and training schemes.
Sport, Physical Education & Pedagogy: Learn about the skills necessary for teaching and studying physical education. You'll look at key meanings of teaching and pedagogy, and the relationship between theory and practice of teaching young people
Sport Tourism: Develop your understanding of sport tourism and demands for it. You'll explore supply structures and the impacts and responses of sport and tourism providers.
Digital Marketing: This unit will provide you with practical and theoretical knowledge for using and evaluating digital marketing. You'll develop a sound understanding of digital marketing principles.
Sport & the Law: Explore and analyse sport in a legal context. You'll be able to look at how the law can affect the way sports and sporting events are devised and managed. You'll analyse key areas of the English Legal System and how European and International Law influences sports.
Sport, Leisure & Politics: Learn about modern meanings and understandings of how sport and politics are linked within wider political and leisure industries. It explores political contexts to make sense of sport as a representational human activity loaded with sensitive values and an alternative environment for interaction.
Sports Injury & Rehabilitation: Best practices for recognising and managing sports injuries. You'll learn to analyse common musculo-skeletal injuries.
Sports Marketing: The sports sector is a significant part of international, national and local business. This unit will develop your understanding of this sector in economic and operational terms, and you'll learn about vital features for the day-to-day management of sport.
Small Business Management: Learn about the role of small businesses in the economy, along with their aims, strengths and weaknesses. You'll develop enterprise awareness and an entrepreneurial mindset, which will help you assess business opportunities.
You'll be assessed through a mix of coursework and end of year exams.
Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.
Scheduled learning and teaching activities
The emphasis of this course is in guided independent learning, which helps you develop into a self-motivated learner. When not attending lectures and seminars, you will be expected to read around the subject. Your typical week’s activities will include reading books and journal articles, working on group projects, preparing presentations, conducting library research and writing your assignments. The hours below give an indication of how you can expect to spend your time during each year of this course.
Year 1 – 24% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities
Learning and teaching: 259 hours
Independent learning: 941 hours
Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 42 hours
Year 2 – 22% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities
Learning and teaching: 259 hours
Independent learning: 941 hours
Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 42 hours
Year 3 (placement year)
Year 4 - 15% of your time will be spent in timetabled learning & teaching activities
Learning and teaching: 181 hours
Independent learning: 1019 hours
Non-credit bearing learning and teaching: 5 hours
61% of the course is assessed by coursework
Year 1: 70%
Year 2: 83%
Year 3: 0% (placement year)
Year 4: 92%
Throughout the course you will be assessed by coursework culminating in your final year research project, but you will also undertake group work and written exams.
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