Sports Coaching and Physical Education BSc (Hons)

Part-time undergraduate (6 years)

University Centre Peterborough

September 2018

Overview

Learn the science of sports coaching and how to apply it in different situations, and to people of different ages and abilities.

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Careers

Our graduates go on to careers coaching all age groups and athletic abilities, as well as non-sports fields where developing talent and maximizing its potential are important skills.

Modules & assessment

Level 4 modules

  • Anatomy for Motion
    This module will introduce you to the biomechanics of human movement, with the analysis of human performance in sport from the mechanical point of view. You’ll get a sound grounding in the fundamentals of human movement for Coaching Science and Sport, Health and Exercise and learn the essentials for further study in Biomechanics. We’ll study and explore the content within the context of real sporting actions such as: standing, walking, running, jumping and throwing and by using the techniques of video analysis, experimental investigation and computer aided data analysis. You’ll develop transferable skills such as IT, numeracy and communication and we’ll encourage you to become an independent thinker with good study habits. Your learning will be assessed by coursework and a final examination.
  • Coaching and Behaviour
    In this module we’ll cover concepts that underpin contemporary coaching theory and practice. By the end of the module you’ll have developed an appreciation of the coaching process including the ethical, pedagogical, managerial and behavioural components that enable good practice. We’ll investigate the roles, techniques, and planning skills of a good coach, the impact of their adherence to the professional code of conduct, their awareness of health and safety issues and their understanding of how a coaching session should progress. A crucial aspect of coaching is the ability to understand how individuals learn and acquire the knowledge and skills to perform. You’ll learn to identify different approaches to learning and what these mean for coaching practice and athletes’ development.
  • Exercise Physiology
    You’ll be introduced to the fundamental aspects of human physiology in order to understand how the body performs and responds to physical activity. You’ll explore the structure and function of the main organ systems of the body; the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive and urinary systems. You’ll examine how these systems work together and how they respond to exercise. Energy is essential for the functioning of the body and is in strong demand during exercise. Therefore you’ll explore the biochemical processes involved in energy transfer (metabolism). You’ll examine the different energy production pathways under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. Also, the role and contribution of the various macro-nutrients as fuel for the metabolism will be discussed. Then, energy expenditure during rest and physical activity will be investigated. You’ll examine how oxygen consumption can give us an insight into our energy expenditure and the different fuel and energy systems used. In your module you’ll study and explore the content through lectures, seminars and laboratory based practicals where the physiological and metabolic principles are applied and examined under both resting and exercise conditions. As well as providing you with subject specific knowledge, our module will enable you to develop a number of transferable skills, including practical (laboratory) techniques and general skills relevant to employment including report writing, data collection, data handling and data presentation. You’ll be assessed by coursework (60%) and exam (40%). Standard texts are available via the library and the more specialist literature is online.
  • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise
    Gain an introduction to the core skills required for research and study in sport science and sports coaching in a higher education environment. You’ll develop skills and attributes to initiate an understanding of the research process and stages associated with it and also an appreciation of different types of research. You'll develop an understanding of the different types of data that can be collected within your course area and you’ll develop a good awareness of the data analysis process, utilising different IT skills and IT programs. You’ll develop key employability skills throughout the module, for example, how to construct oral and written reports using appropriate formatting, language and citations.
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Understanding psychological aspects of sport and exercise is vital in enhancing, or inhibiting, sports performance and exercise participation. This could include pre-competition nerves, attention control, self-confidence and motivation. You’ll reflect upon your own experiences in relation to psychological factors and to consider psychological demands of different sports and levels of participation. You’ll use your classroom time to take part in discussion and analysis of specific key topic areas of sport and exercise psychology and take part in group and individual tasks.

Level 5 modules

  • Applied Teaching and Coaching
    This module will put theory into practice, giving you practical experience of planning, delivering and evaluating real life coaching or teaching sessions with the help of a mentor (level 6 student). By the end of the module you’ll have direct coaching/teaching experience and will have generated a portfolio of practical hours of coaching. You’ll develop an appreciation of mentoring, coaching/teaching and reflection, whilst also developing valuable employability skills such as working in a team, communication and professionalism. This module will be particularly beneficial to you if you want to enhance your practical coaching/teaching experience and generate a greater volume of coaching/teaching hours.
  • Exercise Testing
    There are a range of different tests available to assess physiological performance, the key is choosing the most appropriate. You’ll study the process of profiling performance and health from a physiological and analytical perspective. Your main focus will be the validity and reliability of the tests available to assess aerobic performance, anaerobic performance, strength, power and flexibility. Aerobic assessment will focus on the protocols used for the assessment of maximal aerobic power (VO2max). Analysis will be made of the protocols to assess aerobic capacity, such as maximum lactate steady state, lactate minimum, individual anaerobic threshold, onset of blood lactate accumulation and 4mM turn-point. The role of performance economy will be examined, and projected to show how this simple concept has been used to develop the principle of velocity at VO2max (vVO2max). The concept of critical power and speed will be assessed and justified. The application of these measures to exercise testing and screening will be observed through the study of sub-maximal cardio-pulmonary assessments and the interpretation of Wasserman's 9-plot. You’ll also address the assessment of respiratory function through spirometry and myocardial function through heart variability and electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring. Anaerobic assessment will examine the tests used to assess both power and capacity such as the Wingate cycle test and the Maximally Accumulated Oxygen Deficit (MAOD). Strength and power testing will examine the use of strain gauges, isokinetic dynamometry and gym based protocols. Flexibility assessment will determine the appropriate use of flexometers, goniometers and reach boxes. All of these methodologies will be examined both theoretically and in a laboratory setting. The concepts of validity and reliability will be explored by further examination of statistical methods. As well as providing you with subject specific knowledge, our module helps develop a number of transferable skills including practical (laboratory) techniques and skills relevant to general employment including report writing, data collection, handling and presentation and will be of particular interest to individuals wishing to apply their exercise physiology knowledge and work within a Sports Science Support environment. Standard texts are available via the library and more specialist literature is online. You’ll be assessed by coursework (50%) and exam (50%).
  • Perceptual Motor Skills
    Athletes rely on a constant stream of information from the senses (e.g. vision, audio and proprioception) to execute the skills needed for successful sport performance. This module will initially focus on the processing and the perception of this sensory information. In addition we'll examine how athletes make decisions from this sensory information and how we execute and programme movement. You'll explore topics such as the visual system and get experience with using eye trackers to assess where people look in the environment when playing sport. Also, we'll discuss the influence of factors such as anxiety, expertise and expectancies on the perception of sensory information, anticipation and decision making. The second part of the module will focus on programming human movement, movement coordination and how we can measure performance in the execution of motor skills.
  • Performance Analysis
    Whilst sports biomechanics is concerned with understanding the fine detail of movement during an individual’s performance of a particular technique, performance analysts are more concerned with gross movements, or movement patterns in games or team sports. Performance analysts are also more concerned with strategic and tactical issues in sport, rather than with technique analysis. This module examines how such analyses can be applied to a variety of coaching environments in order for you to monitor, analyse, diagnose and prescribe feedback and actions to enhance the learning and performance of the component elements of sport. The ability to objectively analyse both the performer's needs and the coaching process are key elements of good professional practice. You'll develop an integrated approach to performance analysis and gain a broader understanding of the conceptual frameworks underpinning movement at all levels of sports performance. You'll develop key transferable skills including communication, analytical and the ability to present information in a variety of formats.
  • Psychological Profiling for Sport
    Many sports performers now employ sport psychologists in preparation for competition. Before an effective sport psychology intervention programme can be designed and delivered a process of athlete assessment, or profiling, must be undertaken. Here, you’ll build on previous modules and specifically focus on profiling/assessment methods and delivering interventions. You’ll learn the principles of assessing a sports performer from a psychological perspective and consider how the findings can be used to develop an intervention. You’ll cover performance issues, profiling tools and interventions, as well as the latest research and case study scenarios and real-life situations. Finally, you’ll profile an individual athlete on his or her psychological needs and develop and teach and intervention programme.
  • Research Methods and Project Preparation for Sport and Exercise
    Build on experience you gained from previous modules and develop skills and knowledge base to produce a research project. Deliver it via assessment, presentation and written reports. Focus on advanced data handling and analysis of data and critically analysis and discuss reliability within data. You’ll produce a research proposal related to your chosen course and get constant support from our academics through tutorials, lectures and practicals.
  • Sport Development
    Learn about sports development processes from around the world, within a variety of socio-economic and educational contexts, and how these are shaped by government policies. You’ll consider main bodies which influence the development and management of sport and focus on the ways in which sport functions as a business. As you focus on complexities of sports development and compare them to sports structures and funding from around the world, you’ll look at how sport in the UK is constructed and governed. Finally, you’ll research the recruitment, development and funding of athletes across various levels of performance from playground to podium and use case studies from around the world.

Level 6 modules

  • Applied Sports Psychology
    In this module we’ll specifically examine the psychological factors of successful performance and will address issues such as coach-athlete relationships, sport and exercise psychology interventions, coaching behaviour and burnout. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills to successfully prescribe and deliver sport and exercise psychology interventions as a coach or sport scientist. We’ll examine and critique the latest research, and discuss the current knowledge in specific topic areas.
  • Ethical Coaching and Mentoring
    You’ll examine the coach, their development and the environment within which they work. You’ll review three focused areas which include learning to mentor, awareness into ethical issues affecting the coaching domain and learning to appraise and applying theoretical concepts to support a particular view point. You’ll have an opportunity to work as a mentor to a coach, applying the knowledge you have gained and implementing this in a practical setting. The complex nature of coaching will be examined and how the coach works within the real world, with real-life sporting situations being utilised.
  • Long-term Athlete Development
    You’ll examine the holistic development of children and adolescents with a particular emphasis on the importance of adopting a long-term, athlete-centred approach to developing athletes. We’ll specifically focus on the formative years of athlete/participant development and grassroots/recreational sport. The importance of physical literacy and role of fundamental movement skills are highlighted as essential components for enabling individuals to maximise their athletic potential and to encourage lifelong participation in sport and physical activity. You’ll also explore the intersection between sport and physical education pedagogical practice and the role that PE/school sport and alternative activities play in adolescent development and their contribution towards achieving wider sport, health and physical activity objectives.
  • Physiological Basis of Training
    Delve into the fascinating yet sometimes controversial domain of training science and explore the nature training programme design, athlete development and limitations to the success of the athlete. Explore what constitutes performance, examining the physiological and metabolic demands of sports, whilst addressing the principles of training application and design. Consideration will be given to the laws of training in the context of the developing athlete and how these are linked to the of one-factor and two-factor theories of super-compensation. Time will be devoted to the nature of fatigue both as a prerequisite to the training adaptation but also as a function of the training load examining the peripheral and central manifestations of this key training mechanism. Fatigue will also be explored in the context of recovery and methods of recovery. In the context of fatigue and training adaptation the role of cellular messengers such as PGC-1α and mTOR will be considered to show how an adaptation manifests. The notion of fatigue, training and recovery will lead into the evaluation of under-performance syndrome addressing both what this is as psychobiological construct but also how this can be both monitored and avoided. These elements will all be brought together to evaluate the programming of training using an array of approaches including linear and non-linear periodisation and block training models and how these programmes can either through the use of a taper lead to an athletic peak or through the application of undulating loads lead to a maintenance of performance.
  • Strength and Conditioning
    This role of the applied strength and conditioning coach is continuing to grow in importance. You’ll begin within an in-depth exploration of the body’s anatomy and address the principles of muscle, joint, connective tissue interactions and how locate these through the process of palpation and recognition. With this knowledge you’ll then be able to address the mechanistic principles of strength and performance development. You’ll learn how to work in a safe and effective manner executing appropriate movement patterns in relation to the gross anatomical structures that need to be engaged. Supporting these principles, you’ll develop a scientifically applied rationale for the role of strength and conditioning work in different population groups and also consider how technology can enhance the practice of the professional. You’ll be introduced to the techniques and principles of athlete assessment, evaluation and consultation. You’ll constantly consider endurance, speed, flexibility, agility and power, as well as gaining an in-depth appreciation for the training principles and methodologies and exploring the physiological rationale for these approaches in relation to programme design. You’ll be jointly taught between our staff at Anglia Ruskin and an external strength and conditioning professionals.
  • Undergraduate Major Project
    In this module you’ll be creating a substantial piece of individual research focused on a topic of your choice. You could choose your topic from a variety of sources including research groups, previous/current work experience and/ or suggestion from your tutor. You’ll identify problems and issues, conduct literature review, process data, critically appraise and present your findings. Regular meetings with your project supervisor will ensure your project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction.

Assessment

We’ll assess your progress using exams, written assignments and your performance in group sessions, practical work, lab work, presentations and your major project.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

£3,875

International students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

£6,100

Important fee notes

The course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

Additional costs

Trainers, shorts and t-shirts for lab work over lifetime of degree - £100-£200
Cost of printing dissertation/individual project

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

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Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

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72 UCAS tariff points. Required subject(s): 2 A levels one of which needs to be a science subject. BTEC/Access required: a BTEC National or a full Access Certificate in a related subject. GCSEs required: 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email answers@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

All tariff points must come from A levels. Points from AS levels cannot be counted towards the total tariff points required for entry to this course.

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