September 2022

Sport Development with Coaching Top-Up Degree BA (Hons)

Top-up Degree, Undergraduate, September 2022

Key Details

  • C65T Course Code
  • 1 Years
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Overview

BA (Hons) Sport Development with Coaching not only offers a fresh and relevant curriculum for the modern sport student, it has been specifically designed to equip you 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.

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. A video tour of our facilities is available to view online. 

 

Why study this course?

  • 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.

What does the course cover?

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 can 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.

CIMSPA

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.

Hear Stefan Lawrence, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Health, talk in more detail about Newman University’s partnership with CIMSPA.

Research

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.

Dining out

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).

Entertainment

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!

Location

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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Autumn Open Days

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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.

International Students
Newman 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.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

The Direct Application Link for September 2022 will be added soon.

If you have any questions regarding entry onto this course please contact our friendly and helpful admissions team via our Admissions Enquiry Form

Course Fees

Total Course Fee for Top-Up Degree

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).

Please note that the course fee for September 2022 will be confirmed later this year, and will be updated on the course page in due course.

Modules

Please be aware that, as with any course, there may be changes to the modules delivered, for information view our Changes to Programmes or Module Changes page.

Timetables: find out when information is available to students

  1. 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.  
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.