Applied Sport Science with Coaching BSc (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeHealth and Life Sciences
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus
Please note: this course is now closed to late applicants. The next intake will be September 2014. Applications are still being considered from International (non EU) Applicants.
All sports have a wide range of performers, from participation level to elite performance. Both types of performer require coaching. The coaching and development of these different performers requires a wide range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge. At the participation level many coaching programmes are community- or schoolbased and often involve large numbers of performers. At the elite level athletes are serviced by specialist coaches via national governing bodies and sports institutes. The BSc (Hons) Applied Sport Science with Coaching has been designed to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to work with performers from both participation and performance levels with a focus on the application of both sports science and coaching competencies.
The programme encompasses both sport science modules and coaching modules. The sport science modules provide a balanced academic and vocationally relevant programme designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for the assessment and enhancement of sports performance. The modules are multidisciplinary, including physiology, psychology and biomechanics. These modules provide students with ‘hands-on’ sport science support skills. The sport science modules have been designed to meet these requirements by creating a curriculum that is not only grounded in sound academic theory, but also applies these principles in real world contexts. The first year of the programme provides a solid foundation in the three sport science disciplines. In the second year of the programme students will learn how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of performers from a multidisciplinary sport science perspective. The final year of the science modules focuses on how to develop training programmes for performance enhancement.
The coaching modules offer students the opportunity to engage with local sport organisations and be actively involved in practical participation and performance coaching. A Physical Education and School Sport module has been set up with the local School Sport Partnership and students have the option to work in both primary and secondary schools leading after school- and curricular-based physical activity programmes in the second year of the course. Students will go on to build on this experience within schools and organisations with further placements in their final year coaching module.
In order to facilitate the development of both participation and performance coaches, students can elect to either work in schools at participation level or work at performance level in a club or with talented and gifted athletes in the school partnership. Alongside this vocational programme students will undertake core theoretical modules in coaching. These modules will focus on the importance of the personal, social and contextual factors affecting the coach role, providing a solid academic underpinning to support relevant practical skills.
Overall, the emphasis of the programme is for students to develop a theoretical understanding of coaching and sport science, while gaining practical experience and skills in both aspects.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
You'll be taught through lectures and seminars as well as activity-based experiential learning which include practical coaching sessions, presentations by employers, laboratory practicals, seminars, and interactive workshops.
You will work in our new suite of sport and exercise science laboratories at Sport Central, experiencing a wide variety of activities such as designing experiments, testing athletes and clients using specialist equipment, implementing coaching sessions and interpreting specialist data.
A work placement, enterprise or student-tutoring (school-based) module may be undertaken during the final year of study. You will be encouraged to plan, manage and review your own learning as the programme progresses.
You'll be assessed through practical laboratory reports, coaching session design and performance online news sites and social media, infographic presentations, case studies, poster presentations, examinations and in-class tests, job applications and a final year research dissertation, which have an emphasis on real-life projects and applications.
Graduates are highly valued by employers and enter a wide range of career areas including strength and conditioning, sport scientist support, national sport development, sports coaching, and school sport. Many graduates continue their personal development through a PGCE, a higher degree or Supervised Experience leading to British Association Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Accreditation.
During the course, you will be provided with many opportunities to develop your employability skills. The University Careers and Employability Service provides taught sessions and individual support specifically tailored to students interested in working within sport and exercise science and coaching. Students will also benefit from internship and placement opportunities, team-building days and reflective assessment exercises.
FUNDINGTeam Northumbria Scholarships are designed to support the needs of performance athletes during their time at Northumbria. The support available is sport specific and tailored to the individual. It is aimed at providing practical solutions and services to students who have the talent and commitment to fulfil their potential within their chosen sport and their academic ventures.
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