Sport Coaching Science top-up Award BSc (Hons)

Honours Degree , Full-time

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Key Details

  • 1 Year
  • C61T Course Code
  • Full Time
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Overview

This programme builds on your previous experience of studying sport enabling you to become a graduate in sport coaching science. The sports coaching science top-up degree at Newman is an opportunity for you to combine sports coaching with sport science providing a high-quality springboard into coaching sport from community to elite level. The degree will allow you to develop your coaching skills by reflecting upon practical experiences in an academic way as well as having the option to develop skills in event management, biomechanics, psychology, physiology, leadership, communication and the reflective skills required for successful employment in the sports industry.

Why study this course?

  • Inter-disciplinary and vocationally relevant
  • Teaching is informed and underpinned by strong staff research and practitioner expertise
  • You will experience diverse and innovative assessment methods, including assessing coaching practice
  • You will have the opportunity to be involved in practical activities/ sessions with sport industry partners and seminar discussions.
  • There will be opportunities for you to develop your own areas of academic research and relate your studies to practical sports situations.

What does the course cover?

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. The core module focuses on coaching pedagogy this is supported by options in advanced exercise physiology sports event management sports biomechanics, applied sport and exercise psychology, and sociology of sport and physical activity.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a combination of presentations, assessed coursework, written examinations and practical tests. The coursework may include organising an event, presentations, a working portfolio, reports and essays. You will also complete a dissertation on an area of sports coaching research which is of particular interest to you.

What careers could I consider?

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 prerequisites 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.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will need to have 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 in a relevant Foundation Degree or HND. To progress directly onto level 6 (third year of the degree) applicants should normally achieve an overall merit or distinction. Applicants not achieving this can enter at level 5 (second year of the degree programme).

All applicants intending to progress directly onto level 6 are required to attend and pass a bridging module prior to enrolment. This module focuses on research methods and academic writing. Applicants not achieving pass this module will enter the programme at level 5  (second year of the degree programme).

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.

Contact details

Contact for admissions enquiries:
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (ext. 2386)
Email: admissions@newman.ac.uk

Dr Adam Benkwitz (Head of Sport and Health)
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (ext. 2402)
Email: A.Benkwitz@newman.ac.uk

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Course Fees

Fees per academic year: 2018/19*
Full-time: £9,250

* Fees shown are for 2018/19 academic year. The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Modules

  1. DISSERTATION
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    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 specific to their degree pathway.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 15.00 Independent   : 385.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 400.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Provide the student with an opportunity for personal development in applying prior theoretical and practical learning to a selected topic demonstrating her/his ability to carry out a sustained piece of independent work
    • Encourage individual thought, initiative, time management, good skills of written communication and in-depth understanding of a particular sport and exercise related issue

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Undertake a substantial piece of independent research relevant to the degree programme.
    • Critically interpret data of different kinds and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of approaches adopted         
    • Research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
    • Produce a sustained independent study, which includes: critical evaluation of literature and study design, application of appropriate methodology, and analysis gained from the research.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 20% Poster Presentation (600 words, 5 minute presentation and 5 minute defence)

    Component 2 - 80% Dissertation (10000 words)

  2. SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module provides the opportunity to apply sociological theory to a range of contemporary issues and relevant vocational issues in sport throughout society. Students will also be encouraged to analyse the adequacy of the application of sociological theories to sport and exercise.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop understanding in a range of contemporary and vocationally relevant issues in sport and society.
    • Use sociological theory to explain various issues in sport and exercise.
    • Evaluate the appropriateness of different sociological approaches to explaining sport and society.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Critically analyse evidence in sport and exercise from a sociological perspective.
    • Demonstrate a critical understanding of sociological theory in explaining issues in sport and exercise.
    • Critically discuss contemporary and vocationally relevant issues in sport and society.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 40% Group Presentation (Paired) with Viva (10 minutes in total)

    Component 2 - 60% Essay (2500 words)

  3. COACHING PEDAGOGY 2
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will further develop students’ knowledge and understanding of coaching pedagogy from a theoretical as well as a practical standpoint. This module will require the application of particular sub-disciplines within coaching science to practical activities. This is intended to provide an opportunity to approach sport problems from an interdisciplinary viewpoint and an opportunity to conduct and present a small scale applied project focusing on an applied sport.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop critical understanding of theories and concepts underpinning disciplines in sport coaching
    • Develop skills in observing and analysing sport skills  
    • Enable students to work with and evaluate the effectiveness of both a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approach to the application of coaching science.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Plan and design an observation of a sport skill
    • Evaluate a skill in order to inform an intervention
    • Design a multi-disciplinary intervention to improve performance
    • Demonstrate a critical understanding the methods of acquiring, interpreting and analysing information appropriate to sport coaching science.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 30% Presentation (5 minutes)

    Component 2 - 70% Report (2500 words)

  4. ADVANCED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module offers students the opportunity to explore contemporary trends and research in exercise training, exercise monitoring and exercise assessment. The determinants of physiological adaptation will be examined and students will learn about the morphological and physiological adaptations that take place in response to training. Finally students will explore what limits exercise and examine fatigue in both classical and contemporary contexts.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop an understanding of the training process.
    • Develop a critical understanding of method of monitoring the training dose.
    • Develop an appreciation of contemporary methods of exercise performance assessment.
    • Develop a critical understanding of contemporary training practices.
    • Develop a critical understanding of the theory, mechanisms and assessment of fatigue.
    • Develop key practical skills in the assessment of exercise performance and health.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

     Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Discuss and describe the training process.
    • Discuss, critique and select appropriate monitoring methods for a range of exercise training regimens.
    • Display a critical appreciation for contemporary and advanced methods of exercise performance assessment.
    • Display a critical appreciation for contemporary and advanced methods of exercise training for performance enhancement.
    • Display a critical understanding of the role of fatigue in exercise performance.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Case Study Report (2000 words)

    Component 2 - 50% Laboratory Report (2000 words)

  5. APPLIED SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module explores the application of psychological profiling and intervention techniques in a variety of sporting situations. It seeks to develop evidence based criticality in the selection of specific strategies for particular situations and individuals/groups. 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.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of applied sport psychology.
    • Critically appraise and apply psychological profiling and intervention techniques appropriate to a specific individual and particular sport setting.
    • Identify, interpret and evaluate major issues in applied sports psychology.
    • Apply principles, knowledge, techniques and skills to an area of sport psychological practice.

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Synthesise knowledge and understanding of established theory and practice associated with applied sport psychology to interpret an athlete’s situation and supporting their development.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of effective and considered psychological profiling and interview techniques.
    • Research and assess an athlete’s specific situation identifying important contributing factors to their psychological state and apply appropriate skills in explaining and solving the identified issue.
    • Demonstrate competence in critically employing at least one psychological intervention technique.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 40% Portfolio (1500 words)

    Component 2 - 60% Report (2500 words)

  6. SPORTS BIOMECHANICS
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module builds on those key areas of biomechanics delivered at level 5. The main emphasis of the module is placed on developing a critical understanding of advanced research techniques used in sports biomechanics. The module places special emphasis on exploring the integration of kinetic, kinematic and neuromuscular testing systems. Furthermore, the module will explore more advanced methods of human movement analysis, for example coordination analysis. 

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims to: 

    • Develop a critical understanding of advanced research methods implemented in sports biomechanics.
    • Develop appropriate skills and understanding to effectively apply biomechanical methods to a sports performance testing situation

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to: 

    • Critically evaluate research methods used in sport biomechanics          
    • Critically evaluate biomechanical research methods application to sports performance
    • Apply biomechanical methods to a sports performance testing situation

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 50% Presentation (7 minutes)

    Component 2 - 50% Examination (2 hours)

  7. SPORTS EVENTS MANAGEMENT
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    MODULE SUMMARY :

    This module will require students – as a group - to conceive, plan, implement and evaluate a sport event, which responds to the current UK sport development and policy context. The structure, function and operation of sports events in the United Kingdom will be critically analysed, enabling an identification of the main issues facing the development of sports policy within the United Kingdom and beyond. Responding to the needs of the sport, charity and/ or community sectors, students will oversee all aspects of sport event management, allowing them to develop the practical, work-based competencies required for graduate level positions in the sports industry.

    CONTACT HOURS :

    Scheduled   : 36.00 Independent   : 164.00 Placement   : 0.00 Total   : 200.00

    MODULE CURRICULUM LED OUTCOMES :

    This module aims:

     

    • To develop an understanding of the roles and importance of events in addressing sports policy directives.

    • To develop an understanding of how academic theory relates and informs sport event management and development.

    • To illustrate the importance of the planning processes in the development of a successful event.

    • To develop an understanding of the manager’s role in the planning and delivery of a successful event.

    • To provide an opportunity to develop event management skills and own links to sport industry.

    • To illustrate the importance of evaluation and reflection in sports event management.

       

    LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES :

    Students will, by the end of the module, have the opportunity to:

     

    • Conceive, plan, organise, implement and evaluate a sport event.

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural and/ or political value of sports events in the world of leisure and sport.

    • Demonstrate a theoretical and practical understanding of the stages of the event management process.

    • Understand the importance of the manager’s role and reflect on their own performance as event managers.

    • Be able to undertake appropriate consultation and assess the needs of participants.

    METHOD OF ASSESSMENT :

    Component 1 - 20% GROUP EVENT PROPOSAL (3000 WORDS)

    Component 2 - 50% TEAM EVENT (2 HOURS)

    Component 3 - 30% REFLECTIVE GROUP PRESENTATION (15 MINS + 5 MINS FOR QUESTIONS)