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Love sport? Want to know more about the science behind sporting success, and get a buzz from helping others achieve their potential?

On this course you'll develop your knowledge of the latest developments in sports science while gaining the coaching skills to help athletes of all abilities be the best they can be.

You'll explore the science of coaching in sport, exercise and rehabilitation, while developing your knowledge of biomechanics, physiology, strength and conditioning, psychology and performance analysis.

You'll look at sports performance from the perspective of both sports scientist and coach, gaining academic knowledge and practical research skills.

With the oppotunity to take part in cutting-edge research, work placement and volunteering opportunities, you'll gain the practical and vocational skills for a future career in sports science or performance coaching.

90% of students are satisfied with the overall quality of this course (National Student Survey, 2016).

 


Love sport? Want to know more about the science behind sporting success, and get a buzz from helping others achieve their potential?

On this course you'll develop your knowledge of the latest developments in sports science while gaining the coaching skills to help athletes of all abilities be the best they can be.

You'll explore the science of coaching in sport, exercise and rehabilitation, while developing your knowledge of biomechanics, physiology, strength and conditioning, psychology and performance analysis.

You'll look at sports performance from the perspective of both sports scientist and coach, gaining academic knowledge and practical research skills.

With the oppotunity to take part in cutting-edge research, work placement and volunteering opportunities, you'll gain the practical and vocational skills for a future career in sports science or performance coaching.

90% of students are satisfied with the overall quality of this course (National Student Survey, 2016).

 


Course Information

UCAS Code
C6XC BSC/ASSC

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Northumbria has been delivering programmes in sport, exercise and rehabilitation for over 30 years and is one of the top 10 sport Universities in the UK.

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Book an Open Day / Experience Applied Sport Science with Coaching BSc (Hons)

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You’ll learn from a team of internationally acknowledged sport science experts who have worked with athletes and sporting squads at national and international levels.

Your tutors will include Professors in their area of expertise, world-leading researchers, Senior Lecturers and current Postgraduate Tutors, so you will learn from a wide range of individuals heavily experienced in the Sport Science and Coaching disciplines.

With research and expertise ranging from sports tourism, management and sports marketing, to coaching and performance analysis, they bring real-life experience to your learning.

According to Unistats 2015, 91% of students are satisfied with the overall quality of this course.

 

Applied Sport Science with Coaching Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our Applied Sport Science with Coaching BSc (Hons) from our current students.

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You’ll learn through a wide range of methods including lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions, workshops and placements.

Assessments are designed to stimulate your interests as they encourage you to develop your skills and gain feedback on your progress.

Many of the assessments include an element of choice, allowing you to research areas of interest to you and demonstrate your passion for your individual vocation.


Staff / Meet the Team

At Northumbria we know how important it is that you are taught by staff who understand the sport industry. That is why all of our staff have industry experience and connections to help your learning.

Book an Open Day / Experience Applied Science with Coaching BSc (Hons)

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Sport is a way of life at Northumbria University. Our campus sports facilities were recently ranked joint 4th best in the UK in the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey 2015-16.

You’ll have access to teaching and learning facilities that rival any in the world, including Sport Central, a new £30 million purpose-built sports building. 

The sport and exercise science labs have been accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and are state of the art, providing the perfect environment to develop your knowledge and research skills.


Sports Facilities

If you are looking for a university that takes a modern, professional approach and puts the student athlete at the heart of everything it does then look no further than Northumbria.

Virtual Tour

Come and explore our outstanding facilities in this interactive virtual tour.

University Library

At the heart of each Northumbria campus, our libraries provide a range of study space and technology to suit every learning style.

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Northumbria is the best-rated university in the North East for sport and exercise science research power.

Our teaching team include sport science experts who are internationally acknowledged for their research and have worked for organisations ranging from Sport England to the UK Guide Association.

As part of your studies you’ll be encouraged to get involved in cutting-edge research projects, allowing you to benefit from staff expertise.

With the opportunity to choose research areas of interest to you, you’ll develop your own inquiry and problem solving skills to support your sporting enthusiasm.

Research / Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research.

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We pride ourselves in giving you the real-life, hands-on experience that will develop your career potential. That includes 70 hours of industry experience as well as many opportunities for work or volunteering in the University, local community or further afield.

You’ll get the opportunity to study or work abroad for a semester or a full year. Past students are truly global graduates and have worked with adidas in Germany, the European Space Agency and in schools in Australia.

Or the experience and personal development you gain may lead you to start your own business through our Graduate Enterprise scheme.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Volunteering

Challenge yourself through new experiences and join the Northumbria Sport family as one of our volunteers!

Book an Open Day / Experience Applied Sport Science with Coaching BSc (Hons)

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Sport science and coaching is a competitive, growing environment offering a wide choice of inspiring careers. You’ll leave with in-depth sports science knowledge, excellent problem solving, critical thinking and coaching and development skills, plus practical work and vocational experience that demonstrate your career aspirations.

Graduates from this course go on to work in a variety of roles associated with sports science and performance coaching, including applied sport science, PE teaching, sports coaching and further research studies including an MSc or PGCE.

Book an Open Day / Experience Applied Sport Science with Coaching BSc (Hons)

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Are you passionate about sport and helping others achieve their potential through coaching skills?

This course offers a breadth of experience, knowledge and self-confidence and is a great foundation for a career in sports science or performance coaching.

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

GCSE requirements:
A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:
128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following: 

GCE and VCE Advanced Level: 
From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Distinction, Merit 

Scottish Highers:
BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level, BCC - BBC at Advanced Higher 

Irish Highers:
ABBBB  - AABBB

IB Diploma:
128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:
Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit

Qualification combinations:
The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Applicants from the EU:
Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/ 

International applicants:
The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/ 

International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below

  • A British Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact the International Admissions Office who will be happy

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:

BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level, BCC - BBC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

ABBBB  - AABBB

IB Diploma:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

For International course fees please visit Northumbria University Fees for 2018/19

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are optional external continual professional development courses that you may choose to participate in, these incur additional costs. For continual professional development modules, if students choose to travel further than Newcastle for placement/volunteering/continual professional development, then they will bear these travel costs; however all activities can be completed in Newcastle, costs can vary between approximately £25-£800 per course.

 

FUNDING INFORMATION

Further information on managing your money at university

Find out more about funding and scholarships for undergraduate study

Find out more about International discounts and scholarships

Find out more about about fee liability for your studies.

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

FUNDING INFORMATION

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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SP0469 -

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Biomechanics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will gain a thorough practical grounding in the fundamentals of musculo-skeletal anatomy, and methods of assessment and measurement, underpinning movement analysis and biomechanics. Through this, you will learn about the role of biomechanics in analysing and understanding human movement in the context of sport and health. You will be able to explore the principles of assessment of normal movement patterns and actions, and gain practical experience in methods of kinetic and kinematic measurement and analysis commonly employed in sport and clinical biomechanics, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning.
By the end of the module you will have been given the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to:
1. Explain the basic structure and function of the musculo-skeletal system, and identify key surface anatomical landmarks.
2. Demonstrate an awareness of role of biomechanics, and of how measurement methods can be applied in both sporting and health applications.
3. Demonstrate a sound understanding of fundamental kinematic and kinetic mechanical principles, and apply these to the analysis of movement.
4. Demonstrate professional practice and ethical awareness in human movement assessment.

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SP0470 -

Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge required for later modules on energetics and exercise physiology. In this module you will learn about the structure and way in which the different physiological systems of the body work. In addition, you will learn about how these systems are controlled both at rest and during exercise. The control of these systems is important for later modules which examine the limits to how the body works which could be during disease as well as exercise. The major physiological systems to be examined will be the cardiovascular, respiratory, bioenergetic, muscular and nervous systems.

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SP0471 -

Fundamentals of Psychology (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will acquire the underpinning knowledge and understanding of fundamental psychological principles and theories. You will be introduced to key concepts and approaches in psychology that have relevance to sport, exercise and health contexts. You will compare, contrast and integrate a range of different psychological perspectives that can be used to understand and explain human behaviour. You will have the opportunity to study the biological basis of behaviour, learn about how humans think perceive and remember, understand the cognitive processes instrumental in motor development, gain an insight into the nature of social interaction and group processes and study individual differences in personality and behaviour.

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SP0472 -

Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Exercise Science (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn a systematic process of answering questions about sport and exercise science and the value of this process in the study of sport and exercise science.You will learn how to identify, justify and pursue a proposed question / problem within the sport and exercise science sub disciplines. You will also learn basic techniques of collecting and handling / analysing data produced from experiments in sport and exercise science.

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SP0473 -

Skills for Sport and Exercise Scientists (Core, 20 Credits)

On this academic support module you will develop an understanding of the key skills required for successful completion of your degree in sport and exercise sciences. You will achieve this through a variety of assessments including written work, presentations and practical demonstrations. The module aims to develop your understanding of generic transferable skills, as well as allowing you to gain experience of working safely in a sport and exercise science laboratory environment.

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SP0474 -

Introduction to Sports Coaching (Core, 20 Credits)

This module aims to help you develop an understanding of the fundamental skills of effective coaching and their relavance within the coaching process. In doing so you will gain an understanding of the UK coaching industry and investigate the importance of the roles of an effective coach, characteristics of leadership, and the fundamental key practice and coaching skills of effective coaching. These will be underpinned by current theories and models associated with effective coaching. The module will address the differences in practice and examine participation and performance coaching. You will be given an opportunity to gain practical coaching experience and observe coaches in action within this module.

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SP5001 -

Biomechanics Assessment in Sport Exercise and Health (Optional, 20 Credits)

The aim of the first part of this module is to enable you to further develop the practical and theoretical skills you learned in previous modules. You will be introduced to 2D and 3D motion analysis and will explore kinematic and kinetic data collection and analysis. You will assess the biomechanical factors that contribute to performance and profiling and discuss, and evaluate, the use of motion analysis for the assessment of human movement in sport, health and exercise.

In the second part of the module, you will explore a range of methods of assessment for assessing both clinical and healthy populations. In particular you will discuss and evaluate the use of appropriate methods for assessment of muscular performance and then evaluate the methods used for clinical gait and postural control analysis. You will develop your practical skills and learn to use advanced kinematic and kinetic analysis protocols.

In addition, this module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour and evaluate the limitations of the data when using a range of biomechanical assessment tools, and appreciate the need for reliability and validity in data collection.

You will cover a range of topics from the following:
- 2D video data collection and analysis using Vicon Motus.
- 3D motion analysis (Vicon)
- Projectiles
- Force
- Surface electromyography
- Clinical gait analysis
- Clinical postural control data collection and analysis.

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SP5003 -

Introduction to Performance Analysis (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the background to performance analysis in sport. The history of the development of technology and methods of collecting performance analysis data will be covered. Where the discipline fits into the other sport science fields will be explained and how the data can be used for multiple audiences will be shown. The important relationship between the performance analyst and coach will be highlighted and examples used from a range of sports to cement this understanding will used. Factors to remember when collecting, analysing and feeding back analysed information will be outlined and essential processes during the data analysis stage, such as; validity and reliability will be covered. You will learn what it is like to work in the applied performance analysis field with guest lectures from local performance analysts at professional clubs. You will be able to, by the end of the module, understand how to collect, analyse and present objective, reliable performance analysis data which the coach and players can use to infer about their performance and make improvements for future performances.

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SP5005 -

Physiological assessment in sport, exercise and health (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement in the discipline of sport and exercise physiology. The underpinning physiological principles associated with various exercise testing procedures will be critically analysed and discussed. You will be expected to develop the skills and competencies that will enable you to select and administer a range of physiological tests. By the end of the module successful students will be capable of running a wide variety of physiological assessments ranging from working with clinical populations with limited exercise capability through to elite athletes and sportspersons.

At the end of the module successful students should be able to:
1. Discuss and evaluate the physiological basis underpinning a variety of physiological assessment tools;
2. Identify the limitations of a variety of physiological tests;
3. Analyse and interpret the data from a range of exercise physiology tests;
4. Perform a range of physiological testing procedures.

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Psychological Determinants in Sport, Exercise and Health (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to emphasise and evaluate the main theoretical principles that explain the key psychological determinants of behaviour in sport, exercise and health settings. You will learn about the key topics and contemporary research areas within sport, exercise and health psychology settings. You will develop the necessary analytical skills needed to make decisions with regards to the selection, justification and evaluation of key psychological factors that impact upon behaviour.

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Research Design and Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)

The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills for planning and carrying out an independent research project in sport and exercise science. The module will be structured in two blocks. Block one (weeks 1-6) will address different types of research design, their strengths and weaknesses and the associated analyses appropriate to those designs. Workshop sessions will cover how to carry out data analysis techniques in specialist software and how to present the results of these analyses according to convention. The topics that you will cover will include:
- Statistical assumptions and transforming data
- Correlation, regression, and multiple regression
- Between-group differences
- Power and sample size estimation
- Within-group differences
- Factorial designs
- Qualitative techniques
- Validity and reproducibility

Block two of the module (weeks 8-12) will be given to the design and completion of student-led, small-group research projects addressing given questions. In this block you will experience the research process first hand and undertake the design, conduct, analysis, and presentation of your research in the form of an individually-produced experimental report. This will include:

Identifying the rationale for your given research question from academic literature
- Choosing and describing an appropriate design for the research question
- Correctly applying and interpreting data analysis appropriate to the reseach question
- Presenting research-related activity in accordance with accepted convention
- Understanding ethical issues that apply to your research in sport and exercise sciences

In addition, the module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour whilst considering and evaluating the limitations of data collection and data analysis methods.

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Coaching Skills and Practice (Core, 20 Credits)

Coaching Skills and Practice’ (SP0500) builds upon that introduced in SP0400 - practice skills, practice behaviours - to consider why these are important to the coaching process and how these practices and behaviours can be used to create progressive and transferable outcomes in a series of coaching sessions. This module aims to introduce the concepts of how to create an engaging and positive motivational climate (eg. self-determination, achievement goals) which influences athletes’ behaviours, engagement, and well-being in sport. Furthermore, you will also develop awareness of how a theoretical understanding of motor skills acquisition can be applied to the coaching process which includes previous and current theroies of motor skill acquisition (eg. information processing, dynamical systems).

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Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport (PESS) (Core, 20 Credits)

The module is designed to provide students with an insight into a range of contemporary UK education, and Physical Education (PE) specific policies, strategies and initiatives published by professional bodies and government departments. More broadly, students will critically discuss and analyse a range of contemporary strategies impacting on PESS. Most notably, these include the PE and Sport Premium and the New National Curriculum for PE (NCPE). Particular attention will be directed to the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for PE at Key Stages 1 to 4 enshrined in the new NCPE, and the impact that the PE and Sport Premium has had on the delivery of primary school PE. Linked to the PE and Sport Premium, students will develop awareness of the shifting role of the PE teacher and sports coach as well as other contemporary issues such as obesity, intensity training and inclusion.

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Principles of Strength and Conditioning (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the discipline of Strength & Conditioning, and the requirements of a career as a strength & conditioning coach. You will learn about the role of a strength & conditioning coach and the development of the discipline and it’s place within the sport science support services in the UK. You will study the physiological and biomechanical underpinnings to a range of training modalities in strength & conditioning, and identify, analyse and coach the key technical aspects of these modalities, with the ultimate aim of enhancing performance in sport.

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Human Movement Science (Optional, 20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to enable you to further develop the practical and theoretical skills you learned in previous modules. You will be introduced to advanced kinematic and kinetic data collection and analysis techniques, and to potential applications relevant to current research initiatives in sport and clinical biomechanics.
In the second part of the module, you will explore advanced techniques used in clinical biomechanics. You will develop your practical skills and learn to use clinical normative profiling techniques. You will design your own projects and learn to independently collect, and critically appraise your data, and report your findings.
In addition, this module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour in experimental design and testing, and to give you an understanding of how to control and measure potential sources of error, reliability and validity.

You will cover a range of topics from the following:
- Revision of fundamental principles of theoretical biomechanics applied to specific sporting skills.
- Advanced motion analysis
- Clinical gait analysis
- Clinical postural control
- Accelerometry
- disability biomechanical applications
- Inverse dynamics and modelling techniques
- Current methods of kinetic analysis and muscle activity assessment, including advanced electromyography and ultrasound
- The design of testing programmes and scientific rigour.
- Critical evaluation of limitations, validity and reliability
- Data stability, and the theoretical and practical aspects of potential sources of error: how these are identified, measured, and their effects estimated statistically.

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Sport and Exercise Placement (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be required to complete a minimum of 70 hours voluntary placement at a sports related organisation. You will be required to liaise with a host at the organisation to agree on a job role and plan your placement content and hours. You will learn how to work in a professional manner in a real world environment. You will learn how to put into practice the theory and concepts that you have learnt in the classroom. You will learn and gain experience of working in a sporting environment in a career path which you find engaging and stimulating. Key employability skills will be discussed and the process of applying for a graduate job, attending a job interview and reflecting on your own performance will all be covered. The importance of the careers service will be highlighted and the emphasis will be on student-led learning and organisation during the placement process.

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Paediatric Sport and Exercise Science (Optional, 20 Credits)

Building upon your underpinning knowledge of human physiology, fundamentals of psychology and physiological assessment in sport, exercise and health, you will start to apply this to the field of paediatric sport and exercise science. You will learn about the psychological and physiological issues associated with maturation and physiological fitness testing in the exercising child and adolescent. The psychological determinants of child and adolescent sport and physical activity participation will also be examined. Furthermore, you will explore multi-disciplinary approaches to develop an intervention strategy that addresses a contemporary issue within a paediatric population.

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Physiological basis of training and performance (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module covers the prescription of exercise to improve sport specific fitness and sporting performance. The focus of this module is on evidence based practice. Throughout the module you will investigate the most appropriate method(s) of training to enhance a range of components of fitness. To do this, you will be required to gather and evaluate the scientific literature that exists for different components of fitness. Furthermore, you will be required to explained the physiological adaptations that arise from different training methods and the causal mechanism improving performance arising from the identified adaptations. In addition to the critical understanding of physiological adaptations, you will examine the principles of training programme design and factors that influence training programmes.

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Psychological Skills Training (Optional, 20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about and get to experience what a sport psychologist does when working with athletes. You will explore the different ways in which a sport psychologist can work with athletes, and will begin to create your own personal approach to sport psychology practice. You will be exposed to the range of different issues that a sport psychologist might encounter from performance enhancement through performance dysfunction, performance impairment and performance termination, and will learn about how a sport psychologist deals with these issues. You will find out what athletes really think of sport psychology, and how sport psychologists can use this information to make their work with athletes more effective. You will get to try out and critique a range of psychological techniques for performance enhancement including goal-setting, imagery, self-talk and progressive muscular relaxation. You will learn how to design mental training programmes for individuals and groups, and how to convince a National Governing body, Sport institute or professional sports club of the value of sports psychology services for their athletes.

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Dissertation (Optional, 40 Credits)

You will develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of a specific area of interest to you in sport and exercise science. You will use the knowledge and skills developed by the two prerequisite modules in sport and exercise science (Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Exercise Science and Research Design and Analysis) or the prerequisite module in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Research Methods) to inform your independent piece of individual research.

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Sports and exercise medicine, injury and rehabilitation (Optional, 40 Credits)

This module aims to enable you to develop a critical in-depth understanding of the interdisciplinary nature, and key professional responsibilities, of the sport and exercise scientist as part of a rehabilitation team, working with diverse clinical groups and clients from multi-cultural and ethnically diverse backgrounds. You will be introduced to the specific needs of athletes and will be given the background knowledge to be able to advise them on prevention and rehabilitation strategies, based on critical evaluation of current evidence, in order to facilitate their continued participation in their chosen sport, exercise or activity.
You will be given the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of acute and chronic musculo-skeletal, and inflammatory, conditions in specific groups of athletes and to devise evidence-based rehabilitation strategies. You will also learn to critically evaluate and apply knowledge of the psychological, and physiological, aspects of injury, and recovery, when developing a rehabilitation or exercise programme for an injured performer,
In the first semester you will learn about the theory and practical application of legal, clinical, biomechanical, psychological and physiological aspects of injury and rehabilitation.
In semester two the module enables you to develop specialist knowledge in a particular aspect of sport and exercise medicine that is of interest to you. You will achieve this by producing educational material for high-level practitioners based on a critical evaluation of current evidence. Here you will be able to demonstrate your ability to independently collect, analyse, synthesise and communicate information to a professional audience of your choice.

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Talent ID and High Performance Coaching (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed for students to critically analyse the skills required to coach and nurture athletic talent at a high performance level. The module will further explore and critique contemporary long term athlete models, talent Identification and development pathways and their impact on performance, long term participation and well being. Students will have the opportunity to generate, direct and manage the implementation of cutting-edge research informed coaching solutions and practice. The module will also critically examine what is meant by the terms talent and high performance coaching, identify the skills and competencies needed to coach in a high performance setting , investigate the problems a high performance coach may encounter and provide potential solutions to maximise effective coaching practice.

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Coaching Concepts and Behaviour (Core, 20 Credits)

Coaching Concepts and Behaviour builds upon knowledge introduced at Level 4 (i.e., SP0400) and Level 5 (i.e., SP0500) including key coaching skills (e.g., planning, risk assessment), coaching practice behaviours (e.g., questioning, instruction) and athlete outcomes (e.g., wellbeing, skill learning). You will learn to critically appreciate how these skills, practices and outcomes are influenced by the interrelationship of personal, social and contextual factors within the holistic coaching process. In addition, you will learn how to plan, deliver and critically review coaching practice using a range of assessment tools in line with current research findings and UKCC Level 2/3 coaching award criteria.

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