This module is focused on introducing and developing skills required to study and investigate sport, exercise and coaching in a Higher Education environment. It allows students an opportunity to identify and improve important skills for studying sport and exercise related subjects, including literature searching, communication and study skills.
This module provides students with an introduction to the foundations of research in sport, exercise and coaching contexts. Students have an opportunity to gain an understanding of the philosophical underpinning of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. They will also explore different data collection techniques and methods of evaluating qualitative and quantitative evidence.
This module will introduce students to a variety of sport organisations in the UK and how they operate in and across private, public and voluntary sectors to deliver different levels and kinds of sports provision. While gaining an understanding of how sport is developed, structured, governed and funded, students will also be introduced to the current sport policy context and to the dominant ideas underpinning current UK sports policy, namely ‘sport for all’. To this end, the module will also have a social justice focus and will examine how socio-cultural factors exclude certain groups from participating and/ or progressing in sport.
This module aims to develop knowledge of anatomy and function of the musculo-skeletal system during movement. Students will also be introduced to biomechanical principles underpinning the practical analysis of human movement, considering the role of analysis in sport and in movement. It will serve to widen the students' knowledge base and will provide a firm basis for working at a higher level in the discipline of sport and exercise biomechanics. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge and self-management skills to make informed choices in preparing for work placement and the transition to employment or further study on graduation. Learners will be provided with the opportunities to develop awareness of the workplace, identify different career and study options, recognise and articulate their own experience, accomplishments and talents and plan and implement career management strategies for the short and long term.
This module offers students an opportunity to be introduced to contemporary and fundamental concepts within sport and exercise psychology. Students will consider the underpinnings of human psychology and how this influences participation and engagement in various physical activity contexts.
This module will introduce key pedagogical theories and concepts related to Physical Education and sports coaching. Students will have the opportunity to discuss the role of Physical Education teachers and sports coaches. Throughout the module, there will be opportunities to apply theoretical constructs to practical situations.
This module builds on the knowledge gained in Human Movement 1. Students will learn about the different physiological systems in the human body that work to produce and regulate human movement. Students will also develop vital laboratory skills to enable safe and effective administration and measurement of exercise and contributory factors. Finally the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of human health will also be considered. Relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols will be adhered to within the human performance laboratory.
- C604 Course Code
- 3 Years
- 112 Typical UCAS Tariff
BA (Hons) Sport Development with Coaching not only offers a fresh and relevant curriculum for the modern sport student, it is endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. The course has been mapped against the Professional Standards of Aspiring Manager and Working in the Community Environment. These standards are recognised by a growing list of potential employers across the sport and physical activity sector thus equipping our graduates with the skills needed for academic and vocational success both on and off the sports field.
The ‘development’ strand focuses on aspects of sports management, sport sociology, sport policy and sport events, while the ‘coaching’ strand develops an understanding of established and innovative grassroots, community and elite coaching techniques and leadership styles. It is the evolution of former successful courses, BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching Science and BA (Hons) Sport and Exercise Studies.
The course is taught in dedicated facilities on one campus. The Human performance lab, indoor sports hall, strength & conditioning suite, aerobic conditioning suite, group exercise studio, full size outdoor 3G pitch, dedicated seminar rooms and staff offices can be found within a 100 yard radius of each other.
Why study this course?
- It is endorsed by the CIMSPA, the industry’s Chartered Institute.
- This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop the coaching competencies needed to enter into the sports industry and to flourish in it.
- The development and management modules broaden your vocational skillsets to enhance career prospects yet further within sport and beyond.
- You will have the opportunity to be involved in practical activities/ sessions with sport industry partners, seminar discussions, and ‘real-world’ sport development and coaching contexts.
- There will be opportunities for you to develop your own areas of academic research and relate your studies to practical sports situations.
- Lecturers on this course are highly qualified and regularly present at international conferences, collaborate internationally and publish research in top academic journals.
- We understand choosing the right course for you can be tough. So this course offers flexibility in that it allows you to change to another sport course at Newman and progress straight into the second year, if you so wish.
What does the course cover?
During your first year of study you will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the principles that underpin the key areas of sport, which are provision, participation and performance. This involves exploring various factors that influence participation in physical activity, exercise and sport at all levels, from beginners to elite athletes. In addition, you will develop an understanding of both the scientific and socially scientific disciplines that underpin the study of sports in a range of themed modules, including sport coaching and sport development.
During your second year of study you will begin to narrow your focus and study, specifically to sport development and sport coaching: you’ll take modules named Sport, Development and Policy; Sport in Society; Quantitative Research Methods; Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology; and Coaching Pedagogy and Practice (1). Furthermore, you will also do a work placement, which will help enhance you CV, which will be very useful when attempting to secure future employment.
In your third year, you will be encouraged to apply all that you have learned in your time at university in practical sport development and/ or coaching contexts. You will take modules on Events Management for Sport Development; Sport, Culture and Social Issues; Developing Young People Through Sport; and Coaching Pedagogy and Practice (2). You will also be given the option of pursuing either a traditional academic dissertation or you could choose to do a work-based learning research project with a sport industry partner, depending on your preference.
How will I be assessed?
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops, seminars, practical sessions and study visits to industry. Assessment is by a combination of written examinations, presentations, assessed coursework (e.g. essays or portfolios) and practical tests, including events and digital resource making.
What careers could I consider?
This course develops a broad range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers in a wide range of work situations. Possible career destinations would include roles within governing bodies of sports, sport councils, local authorities, journalism, further study, leisure centres, educational institutions, charities, universities and professional sports clubs.
This course specifically has been endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. The course has been mapped against the Professional Standards of Aspiring Manager and Working in the Community Environment. These standards are recognised by a growing list of potential employers across the sport and physical activity sector thus equipping our graduates with the skills needed for academic and vocational success both on and off the sports field.
Newman University is proud to be the first West Midlands partner of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) a professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA works with over 300 partners across the sport and physical activity sector, meaning students can be assured they are working with a university that is contributing, not only to teaching sport but, to developing the professional standards for the industry. We are currently working towards full accreditation of course, thus eventually our courses will be recognised by CIMSPA as equipping students with the skills that employers are looking for.
The Sport and Health team at Newman University pride themselves on their ongoing involvement in sport, health and physical education research. Staff are actively contributing in the following four areas of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) —Physical Activity and Health, Sport Performance, Mental Skills Training and Sport in Society. The team regularly publishes their research in industry journals, and present at international sport, health and physical education conferences. Our ‘Meet The Sport Team’ page details the specific areas of research that the team have been, or currently are involved in.
As a student at Newman, you will be taught by research-active staff, who are actively contributing to the latest developments across a wide-range of disciplines within the sport and health industry and the physical education sector. Staff bring the latest knowledge and expertise to the classroom, laboratory and sports field, enhancing your learning experience. At Newman you get the benefit of our staff’s cutting-edge knowledge combined with a focus on your needs, in a student-centred University where you are our priority. Our staff expertise, and their links with external agencies will maximise your University experience and hopefully provide you with opportunities as you consider your career paths for the future.
We encourage our students to proactively explore research during their studies. As a science-based discipline, you will be conducting research throughout a range of modules under the supervision of expert staff. For those that feel inspired, further opportunities are available to continue research at Newman to a post graduate level within MRes in Human Sciences or MPhil, or at Doctoral level (PhD).
Studying and living in Birmingham
Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.
Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.
Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).
Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!
Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!
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You must achieve at least 112 UCAS points, including a minimum of CC at A Level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma; MPP at BTEC Extended Diploma) towards the total tariff.
Access Students can achieve this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course: D30-M0-P15; D27-M6-P12; D24-M12-P9; D21-M18-P6; D18-M24-P3; D15-M30-P0
A Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Level or BTEC level 3) in a sport, PE or science related subject
5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above to include GCSE English, mathematics and science, or recognised equivalents are also required.
For applicants who are unsure that they will achieve the above UCAS tariff, Newman University offers Sport Development with Coaching BA (Hons) which enables such applicants to access a university degree via a four year route. Upon successful completion of their foundation year, students will progress to Year 1 of a named degree. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, students wishing to follow particular named routes with additional entry requirements, will need to meet these requirements before they make the transition from their foundation year to year 1.
The University is not licenced by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.
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Fees per academic year:
Full-time UK students: £9,250 *
* Fees shown are for 2021/22 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, on enrolment and 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).
The programme team advises students to purchase a Newman University sports polo shirt. This is so students can wear the shirt when representing the university externally (e.g., on placements) and have appropriate sportswear during laboratory and coaching practicals. The cost is £19.99 (based on 2019/20) with additional option pieces of branded clothing range from £19.99 – £29.99. Payment of these optional clothing items are due in the first year of study or second year of study (placement).
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This module provides students with theoretical underpinning and practical experience within quantitative research methods. It offers the opportunity for students to acquire the necessary skills to conduct independent research in any of the sub-disciplines involved in investigating areas of sports, exercise and coaching related topics at level 6.
This year-long module offers learners the opportunity to apply and explore knowledge within a work-based context, through the mode of work place learning. The placement supervisor in the work place will negotiate the focus for the learner’s role on placement, with the learner. Students complete 100 hours in the work setting. The learner will reflect critically on different dimensions of the work place setting. This module provides an opportunity for students wishing to attain National Professional recognition with the Teaching and Learning Academy (TLA) to complete an AMTLA project. The module will also provide the opportunity for those students interested in going on to the PGCE programme to gain support and guidance with the PGCE application process.
This module will develop students’ understanding of the different ways sociological perspectives contribute to a critical understanding of sport and/ in society. Sociology is a discipline splintered by a number of different approaches and thus a critical assessment of sport may be conducted in numerous ways. Students will, therefore, be introduced to a number of different sociological and cultural perspectives and to how they might be used to explain sport and its role in contemporary society.
This module seeks to develop students’ working knowledge of the coaching process, for physical education and sport and support the development of basic skills in sports coaching through demonstration, practical application and delivery. It aims to provide students with an understanding of major pedagogical principles associated with successful coaching. Students will be encouraged to link theory from pedagogy and other relevant disciplines to their practical experiences.
This module builds on those key areas of research methods delivered at level four and in SPU501. It provides a body of knowledge and experiences that will act as a preparation for more advanced studies at level six. It offers the opportunity to acquire and practice the necessary skills to conduct independent qualitative research in any of the sub-disciplines involved in investigating areas of sports, exercise and coaching related topics.
Sport development (SD) is a complex and contested term; its meaning is politically and geographically contingent. Students will, therefore, be introduced to a variety of political ideologies and to how they shape the contexts and meanings of sport development for SD professionals, policy actors and communities. Through this module’s critical exploration of the political contexts in which sport development and policy actors exist, and on completion of the module, students will be better placed to understand and analyse the politico-sporting climate of the UK and beyond. To this end, not only does this module enable students to improve their knowledge of the politics driving sport policy, it will encourage students to explore a range of political ideologies and their applications to SD and sports policy.
This module offers students an opportunity to explore some major personality and social-psychological constructs and theories that can be used to explain behaviour and performance in sport and exercise settings. Students will develop an understanding and critical awareness of how specific psychological principles can influence participation, well-being and performance in sport and exercise contexts.
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 research focus must be specific to their degree pathway.
This module offers students the opportunity to build on their level 5 work placement through the more developed application of a negotiated work-based research project. Students will agree with their placement tutor and workplace mentor a brief for a project which addresses a need within the organisation. Learners should complete a minimum of 100 hours in the work place. It is in the spirit of this module that wherever possible, the focus will be on social or community / sustainable development.
This module will require students – as a group - to conceive, plan, implement and evaluate a sports event. Responding to the needs of the sports, charity and/ or community sector, students will oversee all aspects of the sport event management process, allowing them to develop the practical, work-based competencies required for graduate level positions in the sports industry. The structure, function and operation of sports events in the United Kingdom will be critically analysed, enabling students to respond to the current UK sport development and policy context in innovative and enterprising ways. The module will include students being guided through the completion of relevant risk assessment and health and safety protocols for their events.
This module takes a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to understanding how young people and athletes can be developed in and through sport and Physical Education. Incorporating concepts from sport pedagogy, psychology and talent development literatures, students will be encouraged to understand youth and athletic development from holistic point of view, and across the participation-performance spectrum.
This module will encourage students’ to deepen their understanding of social and cultural theory through a critical engagement with a variety of contemporary social phenomena and their relationship to sport at a local, national and/ or international level. The module will also encourage students to consider how their own academic and/ or vocational interests (e.g. social justice, environmental concerns, internationalisation etc.) might be enhanced by the application of a sociological lens.
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.