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From the playground to the world stage, coaches make a difference. If you want to help people at all levels and ages achieve their potential, this course is for you.

This is a course specifically for future coaches, teachers and sports educators. This specialisation means that you’ll have the skills, knowledge and understanding that may not be taught in a general sports degree.

You will be learning on some of the best campus sport facilities in the UK and rated Top 5 in the country by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014.

Learning from several staff who have been there and done it at National, International and World level, you’ll learn to inspire elite athletes, communities and young people through the power of sport.

89% of students said that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth (NSS, 2019).

For more information in relation to studying Sport Coaching, contact Northumbria University today on 0191 406 0901 or register for Sport Coaching updates. 

Course Information

UCAS Code
CX61

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

Department / Sport Coaching

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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Successful coaches have to be driven and are constantly looking to improve. You’ll have a network around you that will support you at every step of your journey to becoming a high performing coach.

As part of your ongoing development you will learn how to analyse your own methods and continuously improve your approaches to coaching. You’ll learn through laboratory and coaching practicals, workshops, fieldwork, and placement opportunities.

You’ll also learn from your fellow students. Almost all professional coaches work as part of a coaching team, and you’ll spend a lot of your course working alongside your peers and tutors giving each other advice and discussing your methods, philosophy and challenges.

This course incorporates a wide variety of assessment methods including: examinations; portfolios; essays and assignments; laboratory reports; article critiques; workbooks; coaching reports; logbooks; case studies; oral presentations, project reports, coaching practical assessments, learning contracts; literature reviews; posters; and group assessments.

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Our staff will give you an insider’s perspective of coaching. You will be supported by experienced academics and industry experts, several of whom are renowned for their work in coaching across the world.

The International Federation for Gymnastics, the Rugby Football Union, Sport England, British Gymnastics, the Youth Sport Trust, the English Federation for Disability Sport, British Tennis, British Equestrian Federation, British Rowing and Football League Education have all benefitted from the expertise of Northumbria staff.

This experience means that you’re never just getting theory. Our staff have tested what they teach you at the highest possible level.


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.

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Our campus sport facilities have been described as being some of the best in the country and were rated Top 5 in the UK by a Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2014. We boast facilities for teaching and learning that rival any in the World, predominantly housed in Sport Central, a £30 million pound purpose-built sports building.

Facilities at Sport Central include an indoor 40-metre sprint track, a range of state-of-the-art sport science laboratories and an environmental chamber.

And all this is happening in one of the UK’s great sporting cities, where you’re surrounded by nationally and internationally recognised sports organisations. We involve the sporting community of Newcastle and the North East wherever we can in your learning experience.

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.

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A research rich culture is a strong philosophy of this programme and teaching on the modules promotes a ‘research rich’ learning approach, which encourages you to become an active inquirer and problem solver.

Research Informed Learning approaches, and the learning of specific research skills are embedded throughout the programme, with a research philosophy and design strand culminating in an independent research study in L6. 

Research active staff share their knowledge and expertise, and students are encouraged to become involved in research projects throughout their three years.

Discover more about our research strengths.

Research / Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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

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You will be encouraged to explore a range of career pathways throughout your degree and develop an understanding of contemporary ways of working within coaching by engaging with a range of employers, alumni and external agencies.  You will be given the opportunity and supported to engage with volunteering opportunities with our host employer links.  For example, each year we have several Newcastle United FC internships which offer a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight in to a Premier League football club, getting invaluable experience and contacts within this field.  

Students are further supported in their personal and professional development by the personal profiling process and in particular within modules such as ‘Professional Skills for Sport’ (Level 4), ‘Sport: Continued Professional Development’(Level 5) and a ‘Professional Development Through Sport’ module (Level 6) and a teaching preparation module (the latter two as options) your professional and personal skills will be developed in a variety of ways including CPD and placement opportunities giving you a chance to support your understanding and experience of professional contexts and roles.

Career Edge / Added Experiences

You can boost your CV and develop your experience whilst studying at Northumbria.

Careers and Employment / Develop

From first year through to final year and beyond graduation, we are here to help.

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

128 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page 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 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There is a second year core CPD module and an optional third year continual professional development module that you may choose to participate in, these may 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 module.

Scholarships and Discounts

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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 (Core – for International and EU students only,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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SD0412 -

Introduction to Coaching Science (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce students to the role of science in the understanding of sports performance and how the scientific principles can be applied to the sports coaching process. Students will study the four main disciplines of physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition in order to appreciate the role that science has on current practices in sport. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts within the four main disciplines. The application of these concepts to sport will be outlined to illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the sports coaching process.

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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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SP0475 -

Examining Sport Participation (Core,20 Credits)

Examining Sport Participation introduces the importance and value of understanding the factors and outcomes related to participation in sport. It does this by outlining how sport participation can be the focus of research and provides examples of what can be learned through the systematic study of sport participation. The module aims to develop students’ foundational knowledge of the research process, how to read and understand scientific studies, as well as the tools used to collect data and how it can be evaluated. Furthermore, students will also develop their awareness of the importance of researching sport participation to enhance applied practice.

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SP0476 -

LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT (Core,20 Credits)

You will have the opportunity to learn and develop your knowledge of the different models, principles and processes of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).

The module addresses the key principles of growth and maturation in children and allows you to examine normal physical and motor development of children and to identify where developmental patterns are not as expected.

You will develop an insight into some of the injuries and medical issues of concern to the coach when working with young athletes and how to minimise the risks and put in place preventative measures.

On completion of the module you should be able to demonstrate knowledge of Multi Skills acquisition covering the areas of FUNdamentals, A, B, C’s and the correct techniques of developing these skills.

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SP0477 -

Professional Skills for Sport (Core,20 Credits)

‘Professional Skills for Sport’ is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of skills relevant to sport graduates. This will include academic (writing, presentation, referencing, studying), personal (leadership, teamwork, reflection, communication) and professional (career development and planning, time management) skills. Specifically in regards to the content covered within ‘Professional Skills for Sport’, the academic skills will be based on the standards currently stipulated and used at Northumbria University. You will also demonstrate a theoretical understanding and gain the ability to reflect on those personal skills learned and covered through the module in both from an individual and team/group perspective. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of how to plan for a career within the sports industry through the use of the academic and personal skills covered in addition to information currently utilised in the external working environment for gaining and retaining employment.

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SP0478 -

Sport and Social Issues (Core,20 Credits)

Sport and Social Issues adopts a social science approach to studying sport. It should help you to become more aware of the relationship between sport and society. You may well already have a sense of when sport makes headline news, which a good starting point, but you will be introduced to other issues that may not be immediately obvious. Importantly, you will learn to look beyond what we see on the surface, and beyond what journalists highlight in the news to understand social issues related to themes such as social class, gender, race, the economy, the media, politics and violence.

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SD0510 -

Coaching Science Assessment (Core,20 Credits)

The module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement within physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition. The underlying principles associated with various testing procedures will be analysed and discussed. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop knowledge of how these principles can be applied within the coaching process. By the end of the module, successful students will be capable of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their athletes in relation to their sport via a case study assessment.

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SD0511 -

Developing Athlete Potential (Core,20 Credits)

You will develop your own ability to support the development of athlete potential in a performance focused sport coaching context. You will develop as independent learners, and as coaches. The module features and develops many transferable skills within the developmental processes of performance athletes. These include: reflective practice and learning, performance athlete transitions, decision making, performance moderators, functional training, field based movement assessment and performance analysis. Your role on this module will be to support your athletes as performance focused sport coaches as well as continuing to develop yourself as a coach. You will improve your self-awareness and self-understanding of the personal and professional development needs of both the performance athlete and the coach. You will learn about evaluation and self-reflection in the professional context of performance focused sports coaching. You will get the chance to use performance analysis and reflection tools which will support you with action planning for the future within your coaching role.

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SD0512 -

Sport: Continued Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The main focus of the module is work, or career, specific learning. It encourages you to develop independence and to take responsibility for your own career-relevant skill development. This process is supplemented by the inclusion of generic lectures, workshops, associated directed learning tasks and individual tutorial support. The generic lectures will provide you with the knowledge necessary to allow you to capitalise upon this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Workshops and directed tasks will allow for the development of essential self-reflection skills.
Generic lecture and workshop topics include:
· Self-reflection and SMART analysis and Key Skills exercises to establish your development needs as a Sport Coach / Sport Development Practitioner.
· Creating a CPD contract and CPD Portfolio
· Identifying appropriate Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to enhance your degree related expertise and aspirations

Once you have written your SMART / Key Skills analysis and CPD contract you will then be able to identify a number of potential CPD opportunities in the form of short courses, workshops, coaching awards, etc. Many of the skills and abilities you will learn will be of value to your life-long learning aspirations.

Potential CPD Opportunities may include:
· Volunteering / working in a sport coaching / sport development environment
· Working in a PE context
· Shadowing a professional in the workplace
· Writing business plans
· Writing grant applications
· Attendance at conferences, workshops, courses.

Regular contact is maintained between you and your supervisor in order to ensure that you are supported throughout the module.

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SP5010 -

Coaching Skills and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Coaching Skills and Practice’ (SP5010) builds upon that introduced in SP0474 - 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

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SP5011 -

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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SP5012 -

Sport Research in Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Sport Research in Practice moves you further on in your research enquiry by supporting you to generate a research question, and to learn how to collect and analyse data to answer this.

In order to do this you will be introduced to key concepts, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to your study of sport. You will develop knowledge and understanding about:
- research questions and rationales
- belief systems about what we can know and how we can know it (Ontology and Epistemology),
- how we can go about finding out? (Methodology),
- collecting or generating data (Methods) and;
- analysing and interpreting findings (Analysis).

You will learn how to bring all these elements together by working ethically through a research process and engaging in practical research design using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The module focuses on practical interviewing and questionnaires experience, as well as ethically appropriate data collection and analysis. Ultimately, the module prepares you to cover all requirements of a research dissertation in level 6, in terms of theoretical understanding and practical use of research tools and subsequent analysis.

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SP5025 -

Sport Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University and, where appropriate, complementary activities as agreed between the student and module tutor.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the module as part of the overall assessment.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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AT5004 -

Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Business which is made up of 5 modules which students study in Newcastle (semester 1) and Amsterdam (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ business awareness and their soft skills through a semester of study in the UK followed by engagement in studying in Amsterdam and working on real business projects to further enhance and develop this knowledge, skills and attributes.

Semester 1 in the UK comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to business and management, which also equips the students for a semester in Amsterdam, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project. Of the modules studies in Semester 1 provide students with the “soft”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project in Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will work move to Amsterdam and study two modules on Northumbria licensed premises. The first module, Group Business Consultancy Project, is a Level 5 40 credit Consultancy Project providing a supported and challenging experience with real business supervised by Northumbria and possibly Dutch academics. The final module complements the development of business knowledge and application through a contextualised consideration of International Business. This will also add to the Business Consultancy experience, thereby guaranteeing a coherent business experience.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
HR9505 Managing People at Work (20 credits)
SM9511 Global Business Environment (20 credits)
AF5022 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Semester 2
AT5000 Digital Business (20)
AT5001 Group Business Consultancy Project (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the group consultancy work will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Business UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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SP5024 -

Sport Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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SD0609 -

Applying Principles of Coaching Science (Core,20 Credits)

This module builds upon knowledge introduced at Level 4 (i.e., SD0409) and Level 5 (i.e., SD0507). You will be given the opportunity to to critically apply the principles of coaching science to aid in the performance improvement of athletes in the coaching process. You will study the adaptations and limitations to physical performance, psychological techniques to regulate behavior and biomechanical principles of movement. By the end of a successful module you will be capable of critically analysing current training techniques and be able to plan a periodised training programme accounting for all facets of performance.

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SP6008 -

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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SP6009 -

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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SP6010 -

Physical Activity and Exercise Interventions for Health (Optional,20 Credits)

Ultimately humans need to move effectively and those creating functionally enhancing developmental programmes for clients must have this outcome in mind. This module will enable students to assess measure and evaluate in order to make appropriate recommendations to clients’ lifestyles from a health and fitness perspective. Students will learn to critique current testing procedures and apply exercise modifications based upon client lifestyle factors and organise and plan training based upon the unique needs of each individual and their preferred activity.
Areas studied will include measurement issues in movement patterns for exercise in the general public; Potentially dangerous and ineffective exercises; ‘Functional’ training; specific common conditions and diseases in certain population groups,and consideration of lifestyle factors of the inactive.

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SP6015 -

Professional Development through Sport (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a tailored programme of professional development activities relevant to your own sport-related career interests and needs. In addition you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the value of professional development activities in enhancing employability within the sport industry. As part of the module you will also be encouraged to develop your critical reflection skills both in reflecting upon your own professional development and your awareness of the wider sport industry. Module content will be based around understanding the meaning of employability within the sport context, exploring professional development and work-based learning, and developing employability based skills such as action planning, reflection and interview skills to enhance your work readiness.

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SP6020 -

Sport Development, Management and Coaching Dissertation (UG) (Core,40 Credits)

On this module you will learn about and will conduct an applied research project. You will develop in-depth knowledge of a specific area in sport (within the remit of your degree programme) in relation to a research problem of contemporary relevance to the industry or profession. You will do this by conducting and writing up a research project, through independent study, under the supervision of a tutor. As such, you will use the knowledge and skills previously developed in level 5, Sport Research and Practice and multiple-knowledge based modules, to engage in the research process. You will define a research question, critically review previous literature, design and implement an empirical study, after ethical approval. You will learn to design a project that is well planned, coherent, logical and ethical. After this you will learn how to disseminate research in written and poster format. You will learn how to apply the knowledge you create to make practice recommendations.

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SP6033 -

Applied Coaching of Individual Sports in an Educational Setting (Optional,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to build upon and apply the knowledge, skills and experience gained at Level 4 and Level 5 to the teaching of net wall games and individual activities, such as badminton, gymnastics and athletics. Throughout the module you will have the opportunity to further develop your coaching skills and practice but with specific emphasis on utilising these in order to teach the skills and techniques involved in individual activities and net wall games in a school environment. A major part of this module will be the opportunity to develop your practical skills and gain an critical understanding of how to develop these with students in an educational context.

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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 (Core – for International and EU students only,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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SD0412 -

Introduction to Coaching Science (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to introduce students to the role of science in the understanding of sports performance and how the scientific principles can be applied to the sports coaching process. Students will study the four main disciplines of physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition in order to appreciate the role that science has on current practices in sport. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts within the four main disciplines. The application of these concepts to sport will be outlined to illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of the sports coaching process.

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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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SP0475 -

Examining Sport Participation (Core,20 Credits)

Examining Sport Participation introduces the importance and value of understanding the factors and outcomes related to participation in sport. It does this by outlining how sport participation can be the focus of research and provides examples of what can be learned through the systematic study of sport participation. The module aims to develop students’ foundational knowledge of the research process, how to read and understand scientific studies, as well as the tools used to collect data and how it can be evaluated. Furthermore, students will also develop their awareness of the importance of researching sport participation to enhance applied practice.

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SP0476 -

LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT (Core,20 Credits)

You will have the opportunity to learn and develop your knowledge of the different models, principles and processes of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD).

The module addresses the key principles of growth and maturation in children and allows you to examine normal physical and motor development of children and to identify where developmental patterns are not as expected.

You will develop an insight into some of the injuries and medical issues of concern to the coach when working with young athletes and how to minimise the risks and put in place preventative measures.

On completion of the module you should be able to demonstrate knowledge of Multi Skills acquisition covering the areas of FUNdamentals, A, B, C’s and the correct techniques of developing these skills.

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SP0477 -

Professional Skills for Sport (Core,20 Credits)

‘Professional Skills for Sport’ is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of skills relevant to sport graduates. This will include academic (writing, presentation, referencing, studying), personal (leadership, teamwork, reflection, communication) and professional (career development and planning, time management) skills. Specifically in regards to the content covered within ‘Professional Skills for Sport’, the academic skills will be based on the standards currently stipulated and used at Northumbria University. You will also demonstrate a theoretical understanding and gain the ability to reflect on those personal skills learned and covered through the module in both from an individual and team/group perspective. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of how to plan for a career within the sports industry through the use of the academic and personal skills covered in addition to information currently utilised in the external working environment for gaining and retaining employment.

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SP0478 -

Sport and Social Issues (Core,20 Credits)

Sport and Social Issues adopts a social science approach to studying sport. It should help you to become more aware of the relationship between sport and society. You may well already have a sense of when sport makes headline news, which a good starting point, but you will be introduced to other issues that may not be immediately obvious. Importantly, you will learn to look beyond what we see on the surface, and beyond what journalists highlight in the news to understand social issues related to themes such as social class, gender, race, the economy, the media, politics and violence.

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SD0510 -

Coaching Science Assessment (Core,20 Credits)

The module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement within physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition. The underlying principles associated with various testing procedures will be analysed and discussed. Students will be provided with an opportunity to develop knowledge of how these principles can be applied within the coaching process. By the end of the module, successful students will be capable of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their athletes in relation to their sport via a case study assessment.

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SD0511 -

Developing Athlete Potential (Core,20 Credits)

You will develop your own ability to support the development of athlete potential in a performance focused sport coaching context. You will develop as independent learners, and as coaches. The module features and develops many transferable skills within the developmental processes of performance athletes. These include: reflective practice and learning, performance athlete transitions, decision making, performance moderators, functional training, field based movement assessment and performance analysis. Your role on this module will be to support your athletes as performance focused sport coaches as well as continuing to develop yourself as a coach. You will improve your self-awareness and self-understanding of the personal and professional development needs of both the performance athlete and the coach. You will learn about evaluation and self-reflection in the professional context of performance focused sports coaching. You will get the chance to use performance analysis and reflection tools which will support you with action planning for the future within your coaching role.

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SD0512 -

Sport: Continued Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The main focus of the module is work, or career, specific learning. It encourages you to develop independence and to take responsibility for your own career-relevant skill development. This process is supplemented by the inclusion of generic lectures, workshops, associated directed learning tasks and individual tutorial support. The generic lectures will provide you with the knowledge necessary to allow you to capitalise upon this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Workshops and directed tasks will allow for the development of essential self-reflection skills.
Generic lecture and workshop topics include:
· Self-reflection and SMART analysis and Key Skills exercises to establish your development needs as a Sport Coach / Sport Development Practitioner.
· Creating a CPD contract and CPD Portfolio
· Identifying appropriate Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to enhance your degree related expertise and aspirations

Once you have written your SMART / Key Skills analysis and CPD contract you will then be able to identify a number of potential CPD opportunities in the form of short courses, workshops, coaching awards, etc. Many of the skills and abilities you will learn will be of value to your life-long learning aspirations.

Potential CPD Opportunities may include:
· Volunteering / working in a sport coaching / sport development environment
· Working in a PE context
· Shadowing a professional in the workplace
· Writing business plans
· Writing grant applications
· Attendance at conferences, workshops, courses.

Regular contact is maintained between you and your supervisor in order to ensure that you are supported throughout the module.

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SP5010 -

Coaching Skills and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Coaching Skills and Practice’ (SP5010) builds upon that introduced in SP0474 - 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

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SP5011 -

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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SP5012 -

Sport Research in Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Sport Research in Practice moves you further on in your research enquiry by supporting you to generate a research question, and to learn how to collect and analyse data to answer this.

In order to do this you will be introduced to key concepts, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to your study of sport. You will develop knowledge and understanding about:
- research questions and rationales
- belief systems about what we can know and how we can know it (Ontology and Epistemology),
- how we can go about finding out? (Methodology),
- collecting or generating data (Methods) and;
- analysing and interpreting findings (Analysis).

You will learn how to bring all these elements together by working ethically through a research process and engaging in practical research design using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The module focuses on practical interviewing and questionnaires experience, as well as ethically appropriate data collection and analysis. Ultimately, the module prepares you to cover all requirements of a research dissertation in level 6, in terms of theoretical understanding and practical use of research tools and subsequent analysis.

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SP5025 -

Sport Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University and, where appropriate, complementary activities as agreed between the student and module tutor.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the module as part of the overall assessment.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Business which is made up of 5 modules which students study in Newcastle (semester 1) and Amsterdam (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ business awareness and their soft skills through a semester of study in the UK followed by engagement in studying in Amsterdam and working on real business projects to further enhance and develop this knowledge, skills and attributes.

Semester 1 in the UK comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to business and management, which also equips the students for a semester in Amsterdam, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project. Of the modules studies in Semester 1 provide students with the “soft”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project in Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will work move to Amsterdam and study two modules on Northumbria licensed premises. The first module, Group Business Consultancy Project, is a Level 5 40 credit Consultancy Project providing a supported and challenging experience with real business supervised by Northumbria and possibly Dutch academics. The final module complements the development of business knowledge and application through a contextualised consideration of International Business. This will also add to the Business Consultancy experience, thereby guaranteeing a coherent business experience.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
HR9505 Managing People at Work (20 credits)
SM9511 Global Business Environment (20 credits)
AF5022 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Semester 2
AT5000 Digital Business (20)
AT5001 Group Business Consultancy Project (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the group consultancy work will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Business UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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SP5024 -

Sport Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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SD0609 -

Applying Principles of Coaching Science (Core,20 Credits)

This module builds upon knowledge introduced at Level 4 (i.e., SD0409) and Level 5 (i.e., SD0507). You will be given the opportunity to to critically apply the principles of coaching science to aid in the performance improvement of athletes in the coaching process. You will study the adaptations and limitations to physical performance, psychological techniques to regulate behavior and biomechanical principles of movement. By the end of a successful module you will be capable of critically analysing current training techniques and be able to plan a periodised training programme accounting for all facets of performance.

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SP6008 -

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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Physical Activity and Exercise Interventions for Health (Optional,20 Credits)

Ultimately humans need to move effectively and those creating functionally enhancing developmental programmes for clients must have this outcome in mind. This module will enable students to assess measure and evaluate in order to make appropriate recommendations to clients’ lifestyles from a health and fitness perspective. Students will learn to critique current testing procedures and apply exercise modifications based upon client lifestyle factors and organise and plan training based upon the unique needs of each individual and their preferred activity.
Areas studied will include measurement issues in movement patterns for exercise in the general public; Potentially dangerous and ineffective exercises; ‘Functional’ training; specific common conditions and diseases in certain population groups,and consideration of lifestyle factors of the inactive.

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SP6015 -

Professional Development through Sport (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a tailored programme of professional development activities relevant to your own sport-related career interests and needs. In addition you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the value of professional development activities in enhancing employability within the sport industry. As part of the module you will also be encouraged to develop your critical reflection skills both in reflecting upon your own professional development and your awareness of the wider sport industry. Module content will be based around understanding the meaning of employability within the sport context, exploring professional development and work-based learning, and developing employability based skills such as action planning, reflection and interview skills to enhance your work readiness.

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SP6020 -

Sport Development, Management and Coaching Dissertation (UG) (Core,40 Credits)

On this module you will learn about and will conduct an applied research project. You will develop in-depth knowledge of a specific area in sport (within the remit of your degree programme) in relation to a research problem of contemporary relevance to the industry or profession. You will do this by conducting and writing up a research project, through independent study, under the supervision of a tutor. As such, you will use the knowledge and skills previously developed in level 5, Sport Research and Practice and multiple-knowledge based modules, to engage in the research process. You will define a research question, critically review previous literature, design and implement an empirical study, after ethical approval. You will learn to design a project that is well planned, coherent, logical and ethical. After this you will learn how to disseminate research in written and poster format. You will learn how to apply the knowledge you create to make practice recommendations.

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SP6033 -

Applied Coaching of Individual Sports in an Educational Setting (Optional,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to build upon and apply the knowledge, skills and experience gained at Level 4 and Level 5 to the teaching of net wall games and individual activities, such as badminton, gymnastics and athletics. Throughout the module you will have the opportunity to further develop your coaching skills and practice but with specific emphasis on utilising these in order to teach the skills and techniques involved in individual activities and net wall games in a school environment. A major part of this module will be the opportunity to develop your practical skills and gain an critical understanding of how to develop these with students in an educational context.

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