Sports Science was ranked 4th in the UK and top in the West Midlands for overall student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey
Why study Sports Science?
The leisure sector is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors of the global economy, and in the UK the leisure sector accounts for the third largest in terms of overall GDP (QAA, 2008).
The sports, health and leisure market offers a rapidly growing number of opportunities for employment in a wide range of careers, including a broad range of opportunities in sport and exercise science and related vocations. There is a real need for talented, well-equipped professionals to work in these expanding fields.
Undertaking a degree in Sports Science enables you to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and competencies required for establishing a career in sports science related professions from delivering physical activity programmes for local authorities to supporting elite athletes.
This new course will provide you with an opportunity to examine the practical, professional and theoretical elements that influence sports and exercise performance and participation. The course will enable you to gain an understanding of the different scientific theories that can be applied in sport science. You will become expert in making use of scientific methods of enquiry, interpreting and analysing scientific data and using a range of the latest technologies in sport and exercise science. You will also develop the skills needed to monitor and evaluate physiological and psychological responses to sport and exercise effectively.
As well as enhancing knowledge and experience of sports science, you will develop skills in communication, leadership, ICT, time management, organisation, critical thinking, presentation, problem solving, data handling and project management.
What does the course cover?
In Year 1, BSc Sports Science students study the same modules as BA Sport Studies students. In this first year of the course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin participation and performance in sport and exercise. Here, you will gain a broad understanding of the various disciplines of sports science and sports studies including Exercise Physiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sociology of Sport, Sports Pedagogy and Coaching, Biomechanics and Sports Policy and Management.
In year 2, you will explore the biomechanical basis of human movement and the application of sports science to a variety of sports. At the same time, you will develop a knowledge of the psychological and physiological principles behind sporting performance and a strong awareness of contemporary issues in sport, as well as an understanding of key research methods.
Along with students on the BA programme, you will complete the work placement module, but will be required to complete your placement in a context related specifically to Sports Science, such as a team or individual sporting environment. Gaining the valuable experience of working in an appropriate professional setting as part of your degree course will enable you to develop the relevant skills demanded by employers.
In Year 3, you will get the opportunity to choose four modules from a range including Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Pedagogical Studies in Physical Education, Psychology of Optimal Performance, Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness and Critical Issues in Physical Education. You will also specialise further by undertaking a second applied Sports Science module and a module covering a variety of current issues in sport and exercise science.
While students on both BA and BSc programmes complete a dissertation module, as a Sports Science student you will be required to complete your dissertation on a sports science-related topic.
What makes this course noteworthy?
The BSc Sports Science degree programme has a large amount of practical and sports laboratory based work. You are encouraged to develop your own areas of academic research and relate your studies to practical sports situations. Fieldwork is regarded as an important part of the course too. Residential field trips will give you experience of a wide range of outdoor activities.
The Work Placement double-module provides a `real` opportunity to experience a work placement within the sector of your choice. You will also be given the opportunity to undertake a wide range of coaching courses offered by national coaching bodies, facilitated by Newman staff.
A double-module project in the final year provides you with the opportunity to gain greater specialist knowledge by carrying out a significant piece of research in an area of personal academic interest, practical significance and/or vocational relevance.
The teaching methods and course content are informed by relevant professional bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES), the Association of Physical Education (AfPE), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the European College of Sports Science (ECSS).
Modules are vocationally relevant and the course’s endorsement by the BASES Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES) ensures that our graduates are in the best position to pursue careers in their chosen profession.
At Newman you are taught by active researchers who apply their expertise in the world of sport. The lecturers on this course regularly present at international conferences and provide sports science support to elite level athletes.
The course also offers a certain degree of flexibility. You will have the opportunity to transfer at the end of your first year, subject to certain standard normal restrictions and conditions, to the BA Sports Studies degree programme if you discover that the topics covered by this course are more suited to your aptitudes.
How will I be assessed?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars and practical sessions. Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, presentations, assessed coursework and practical tests. The coursework may include a working portfolio, laboratory manuals, reports and essays.
What careers can I consider?
Graduates from the BSc Sports Science degree at Newman will be equipped for a wide range of careers in sports science and coaching, including a variety of roles in private, public and non-governmental organisations, and positions supporting elite athletes. Alternatively, graduates can choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level in order to acquire further specialist skills.
This single honours degree is endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science.
Physical Education and Sports Studies Brochure
A minimum of 280 UCAS points (which must include minimum grades of BC or above at A2 level), BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction Merit Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction. A level 3 qualification in sport/PE or a science related subject is required. If you have a relevant HND or foundation degree qualification you may progress onto the final year of the degree. You will also need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English Language and Mathematics, or a recognised equivalent. For alternative qualifications please see our entry requirements page.
Courses at Newman are constantly evolving to reflect changes in the field of study. Therefore, modules listed here are indicative and may be subject to change for each academic year. Some modules are mandatory and some are optional. Not all modules will be available on all routes through the programme you choose, and modules studied will depend on whether you choose minor, joint, major or single honours routes.
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
This module will introduce students to some of the core topics, underlying models, theories and basic psychological skills applied within the area of sport and exercise psychology. The module will focus on the individual and their responses in sport and exercise contexts, which will be explored through both empirical investigation and problem based learning (PBL) tasks.
Introduction to Physiology of Exercise
This module examines the major physiological systems and their application to sport and exercise. The module outlines and examines the physiological structure and function of the major organs of the human body and looks into the interdependence of the structure and function of its systems. This module will also evaluate the process of energy production and utilisation during exercise and examines human growth and maturation in relation to movement potential. The module introduces research methodology and research design in physical activity and examines the relevance of data analysis and statistics in physical education and sports studies.
Research Methods 1: An Introduction to Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
This module will introduce students to research methodology and research design as applied within sport studies, physical education and the sport and exercise sciences. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches will be considered along with the relevance and basic techniques of data analysis in both paradigms. Students will be introduced to the use of software packages that facilitate both statistical analysis and data presentation. Understanding and skills will be developed through the use of problem based learning (PBL) and online data analysis tasks.
Sports in Society
This module sets out to provide a foundation for future theoretical understanding in the sociology of sport. It enables students to develop accuracy in their use of language within the study of sports in society as well as assessing the significance of historically rooted socio-cultural factors involved in the continued development of sport.
Pedagogy and Coaching
This module is designed to provide an introduction into pedagogy and coaching science. It seeks to develop students’ working knowledge of the coaching process, for health and sport and to support the development of basic skills in sports coaching through demonstration and practical application and delivery. It aims to provide students with an understanding of major psychological and physiological principles associated with successful coaching. Students will be encouraged to link theory from pedagogy, exercise physiology, kinesiology and sport psychology to their practical experiences.
Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
This module sets out to examine the nature of skill acquisition, motor performance and psychological processes involved in performing a sport skill. These will include intentional processes, information processing and decision making. The areas of motor learning and motor control traditionally involve laboratory-based research and the scientific nature of this field will be introduced from a theoretical and methodological perspective. However, the link with teaching sports skills and coaching will be strongly supported.
Introduction to Human Movement Analysis
This module examines the scientific principles of human movement and its application to sport and exercise. The module outlines and examines the major biomechanical factors that influence human movement. This module will also evaluate Newton’s Laws with respect to sports performance alongside consideration of other biomechanical factors including torque, angular and linear motion and forces. The module introduces research methodology and research design in biomechanics and examines the relevance of data analysis and statistics in biomechanical study of human movement.
Introduction to UK Sport and Exercise Policy and Management
This module aims to provide an introduction to the key specialist areas within the discipline of sport, health and exercise policy and management. These areas include; policy development, marketing, facility planning and management, human resource management and project management.
Psychological Principles of Sport and Exercise
This module offers students an opportunity to explore some major psychological constructs and theories that can be used to explain behaviour and enhance understanding of typical issues found in sport and exercise settings. Specifically aiming to develop an understanding and critical awareness of how specific psychological principles can influence achievement and participation in sport and exercise contexts. This will be achieved through both empirical investigation and problem based learning (PBL) tasks.
Physiological Bases of Sport and Exercise
This module builds on those key areas of physiology delivered at Level 3 (A-Levels), which are most relevant to sport and exercise. It provides the students with a body of knowledge and experiences that will act as preparation for more advanced study in Year 3. The main emphasis is placed on applied physiology for the exercising human. It examines the human body’s responses and adaptations to acute and chronic physical exercise; it aims to integrate new knowledge with the previously covered areas of exercise physiology in Year 1. The module places special emphasis on developing students’ understanding of fitness assessment procedures, data analysis, interpretation and laboratory skills.
Research methods 2: Measurement and Analysis
This module builds on those key areas of research methods delivered in Year 1 while introducing more advanced quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques. It provides the students with a body of knowledge and experiences that will act as a preparation for more advanced studies in Year 3. The main emphasis is placed on the applied aspects of measurement and evaluation of human performance. The module introduces students to tests, measurements and evaluation in physical education, and sport and exercise science. It offers the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to conduct independent research in any of the sub-disciplines incorporated by the title sports studies. The module addresses both qualitative and quantitative methods of research and provides the student with practical experience in the application of statistical techniques and qualitative analysis methods to the study of sport.
Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary Issues in Sport
This module sets out to promote an understanding of the contribution to knowledge in sport made by sociological perspectives. A critical assessment of publications on contemporary issues in sport is promoted and an appreciation for the use of theory in explaining such issues is developed.
Work Placement (double-module)
The work placement double module is a three-way partnership between the student, the University College and the employer. Students choose and negotiate a sport, fitness and health or physical education work experience placement with University College support and guidance. The placement must be in a vocation specific to their chosen pathway. Students spend 24 days during the second semester of their second year on their work placement with tutor support. They engage in agreed work tasks relevant to graduate employment and undertake a project related to sport, fitness and health or PE, which is negotiated between themselves, their host organisation and their tutor. Additionally students reflect on their experiences during the placement through completion of a weekly log book.
Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement
This module builds on those key areas of kinesiology/biomechanics delivered in Year 1, which are most relevant to sport and exercise. The main emphasis is placed on applied biomechanics for the exercising human. It examines kinetic and kinematic analysis of human movement; it aims to integrate new knowledge with the previously studied areas of kinesiology at level four. The module places special emphasis on developing students’ understanding of biomechanical assessment procedures, data analysis, interpretation and laboratory skills with particular emphasis on 2D and 3D motion analysis, analysis of force using force platforms and linear position transducers and the analysis of muscle activation using electromyographic analysis.
Applied Sport Science I
This module is designed to provide an introduction into the applied sport science disciplines. It will initially set the context of elite sport within the UK focusing on the organisations, and polices within the UK which support elite sport. The module will then introduce students to strength and conditioning, nutrition, psychological support, medical support, performance analysis, and lifestyle management.
Dissertation in Sports Studies (core, double-module)
This module builds on prior learning and offers students the opportunity for further development of their skills, knowledge and understanding through conducting an independent research project. The project is regarded as an important exercise for developing students’ abilities to formulate appropriate research design and procedures, to collect and present in an appropriate and meaningful way, to conduct a critical analysis of relevant literature, and to demonstrate their understanding and application of theoretical principles. The dissertation must be in a vocation specific to their chosen pathway.
Applied Sport Science II (core)
This module will offer students the opportunity to understand and apply the planning process in delivering sport science support for athletes. Students will be introduced to a number of core skills required to deliver sport science support and have the opportunity to apply these skills. Finally, students will examine some key contemporary themes.
Current Issues in Exercise Science (core)
This module examines special topics in sport and exercise sciences, and attempts to integrate knowledge from physiology, psychology, sociology and medicine where appropriate. Current issues related to elite sports performance or special populations (e.g. young athletes and female athletes) are examined using multi-disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary approaches as appropriate.
Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
This module aims to develop a critical understanding of specific psychological theories used to explain behaviour in typical sport and exercise settings as well as vocationally relevant contexts. Students’ ability to critically evaluate empirical evidence will be developed through the appraisal of research and involvement in empirical investigation. Students will explore particular constructs, theories and their application by designing and conducting empirical research and by considering particular issues using a problem-based learning (PBL) approach.
Pedagogical Studies in Physical Education (optional)
This module is designed to give students a greater insight into the teaching and learning of physical education as appropriate for a specialist teacher of physical education across all key stages. It encourages the development of research skills, the exploration of theoretical principles and the ability to relate the knowledge gained to the practical implications of teaching physical education and sport in schools.
Psychology of Optimal Performance (optional)
This module explores the application of psychological profiling and intervention techniques in a variety of sporting situations. It seeks to develop criticality in the selection of specific strategies for particular situations and individuals. It further seeks to provide a basis for appraising and critically evaluating the impact of any intervention strategies employed with reference to their effectiveness, appropriateness, and ethical use.
Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness (optional)
This module explores some of the links between lifestyle, exercise and wellness; it seeks to develop students’ understanding of the behavioural aspects of exercise. Also, it aims to further develop competencies in the appraisal of health status, lifestyle and health related components of physical fitness. Additionally, it examines recent research evidence on effective exercise prescription for health.
Critical Issues in Physical Education (optional)
This module sets out to critically appraise both multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches to contemporary issues in physical education. Problems identified in professional practice are subjected to critical examination and experiences are designed to permit the student to interpret research at the forefront of the discipline and to communicate their results. Students will be expected to challenge accepted theoretical positions, to assess and evaluate alternative evidence and to search for new ways of solving problems. A critical appraisal will be made of the moral, ethical and legal issues that underpin best practice.