SP6002 - Sport and Exercise Placement

What will I learn on this module?

You will be required to accrue points to complete a record of professional development, which must include an element of voluntary placement at a sports related organisation. For external placements 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. Other qualifying activities for your record of professional development, such as relevant course attendance, will be outlined in your assessment brief at the start of the module. 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.

How will I learn on this module?

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn in two main ways on the module. You will have some lectures and seminars where key employability themes will be covered, and this will provide you with key information regarding the job application and interview process which will improve your real-world employability skills after graduation help. The primary method of learning however, will be from actively taking part in the process of recording your professional development. This can be tailored by the individual student. A core element for a proportion of the necessary points will be a voluntary placement in a sports related field at an agreed and approved organisation with a dedicated host individual identified to oversee your placement hours. This will enable you to put into practice the theory and understanding that you have gained in lectures and practicals in a university setting into the real-world in a working environment. You will cement this knowledge and learn employability skills and professional skills needed to work in a sporting environment.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module leader will be available for tutorials throughout the semester to answer any queries regarding the placement process. The module elp site is kept up to date with lecture slides and assessment information. There is a dedicated placement co-ordinator who liaises with the host to set-up the placement and helps advertise university organised placements on the eLP sports placement organisation site. You will be allocated a placement tutor who will be an experienced member of the sport science department staffing team and they will be available to ensure you complete relevant activities for your record of professional development, and will be the staff member assessing you for the job interview process. The careers service based in the library are also available for further information regarding employability and career options.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module you will:

1. gain knowledge and understanding of what employability is, and why this is important for graduates (KU 1)
2. gain knowledge and experience of the job application process and what skills are needed to enhance your job prospects (KU 2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

1. learn and adopt professional employability skills and put these into practice (IPSA1,2,3)
2. organise, manage and reflect on the professional development process (IPSA 2)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

1. work in a professional and ethical manner in a real world environment (PVA 1)

How will I be assessed?

Assessment 1 – Job interview ([KU2, IPSA2] 50 %)

Students will be required to:
• Search the job market for a relevant graduate post.
• Hypothetically apply for the position through the electronic learning portal.
• Attend an assessed mock interview.

Assessment 2 – Professional development record ([KU1, IPSA1, IPSA2, PVA1] 50%)

Students will be required to :
• Complete a self-assessment of their current strengths and areas for development.
• Maintain a record of professional development.
• Reflect on how their recorded activities have helped address their areas for development.

There will be a stipulation that a proportion of the points are gained through an element of work placement, but this can be tailored by the individual student. Students will be provided with a full list of qualifying activities and their equivalent points.





Module abstract

The module will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to put into practice the theories and skills that you have learnt in the classroom into a real-world sport science setting and to work alongside professionals and experts in the field to test out your knowledge and understanding. It is a great opportunity experience an area of potential employment which you might want to pursue as a career and to test your skills and abilities in the working environment. You can decide where to do your placement, within reason, so the module offers a wide range of career paths to explore. Opportunities include; performance analysis placements at local professional sports clubs, primary and secondary school PE departments, Team Northumbria sports placements, research associate positions and many more. You will learn “by doing” and will develop key employability and entrepreneurship skills which will enhance your CV and employability upon graduation to make you stand out from the rest.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

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