"Staff continue to provide an excellent higher education in the field of sport for their students. The programme has a relevant mix of theoretical, practical and laboratory classes which sets them up very well for work in the field of sport" - External Examiner
This one year programme builds on your previous experience of studying sport and enables you to become a graduate in sport coaching science, providing a high quality springboard into coaching sport from community to elite level. The course is designed to equip you with the know-how and expertise required to work as a multi-skilled sports coach in a growing number of coaching and teaching related careers.
Drawing on our heritage and expertise in sport studies, sport science and physical education at Newman, we have developed a course that offers you the chance to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding required to begin a career in coaching and related careers. Alongside the practical skills and theoretical underpinning of coaching, you will also develop skills in biomechanics and performance analysis allowing you to understand sport at both a technical and tactical level. In addition, you will be given opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding in psychology, physiology, business and sociology as well as developing leadership, communication and reflective skills required for successful employment
One of the main modules on this course will enhance your understanding of the pedagogy (teaching) of sport and coaching to improve performance at all levels. You will learn how to implement academic theory in a number of sports and real-life coaching environments through observation and evaluation of a skill to identify the appropriate coaching required to improve performance, design a programme and evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.
You will gain an advanced level understanding of physiology from a sports performance perspective, noting how the body responds to various forms of training and factors critical to optimal training including selecting the appropriate training programme, effective monitoring of training level, intensity and fatigue.
You will also develop experitise in sports events management. You will develop an understanding of the importance of the planning process in sports event organisation, and an understanding of how theory and policy informs the planning process. You will then put this knowledge into practice by planning, implementing and evaluating a sports event which will be an excellent addition to your C.V. Through this experience you will identify the key issues in organising a sporting event in the U.K., address the practical problems that arise and develop the problem solving skills required to overrcome them and run an effective and safe event.
Throughout the course you will complete a dissertation on an area of sports coaching research which is of particular interest to you.
Lecturers on the course regularly present at international conferences, collaborate internationally and publish research in top academic journals.
This course offers the chance for you to develop the skills outlined by Sports Coach UK as being essential to increase the level and quality of sports coaches. It also develops a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide range of work situations.
Key skills in communication, innovation, teamwork, research skills, critical evaluation and analysis of data and information, are especially relevant to a variety of employment pathways in coaching and related careers. Possible career destinations following successful completion of the Sport Coaching Science top up include employment as a coach by local authorities, the growing private sector, a sport governing body or within the broad education sector. It also provides the appropriate pre-requisites for training as a physical education teacher, an armed forces physical training instructor (PTI), sports coach educator, or a career in sports development (coaching focus). You could also choose to progress on to a masters level course.
Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.
All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND. Applicants should normally achieve 80% merits (minimum) in the final year.
Applicants should also hold GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Maths (or equivalent awards). If your application meets our entry requirements, you may be invited to attend an interview.
Depending upon previous learning, applicants may be required to pass bridging work in the form of an online research methods module.
Fees per academic year: 2017/18*
* Please note for 2018/19 the University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.