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Sport Coaching FdSc

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
2 years full time C602 2017
4 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

This Sport Coaching FdSc programme is pioneering in its vocational orientation and curriculum design, providing a unique blend of coaching theory and performance analysis with an emphasis on applied practice and preparation for the workplace. This innovative qualification provides an holistic approach to develop the academic and vocational skills needed to succeed in the sport coaching environment, and by integrating a work-related approach, the programme meets the needs of learners, and of employers, who have informed much of the content.

In partnership with the Fulham FC Foundation, the course keeps abreast of the research and changing nature of the industry, ensuring it provides knowledge, skills and experience for you to pursue a career in sport coaching. You will also gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of industry-standard analysis tools used to aid coaching development of athletes and teams.

You will have opportunities to gain work-based learning experience at a number of local amateur and professional clubs. A coaching placement in Year 2 will equip you with the skills required to be an effective reflective practitioner in the sport coaching field. You will graduate from this two-year foundation degree with a balanced theoretical and applied grounding, experience of using and working with the latest analysis techniques and potential for a wide range of employability options.

What you will study

At the heart of this course are the fundamental theories of sport coaching, practical competencies and the application of academic knowledge. This is provided in the core modules – The Science and Practice of Coaching, Sport Coaching Theory, Research Informed Coaching Practice and Analysis in Sport and Exercise.

To reflect the multidimensional nature of coaching, other modules focus on anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, psychology and motor skill acquisition. This enables you to develop your coaching philosophy and style based on your specific interests and specialisms.

A minimum of 25 per cent of the course has a practical or simulated 'work-based learning' element. An essential component of the work-based learning is the 100 hours of coaching practice time you need to accrue for the Research Informed Coaching Practice module.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • This module is designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of the biomechanics and anatomy of the lower limb, upper limb and trunk. The knowledge is then developed so that you have an understanding of the body as an integrated system. On completion you will be able to analyse the joints and surrounding structures for functional efficiency and integrated movement.

    On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • Explain in detail, the structure and functions of the bones, joints of the body.
    • Explain in detail, the structure of the tendons, ligaments, muscles, in the body.
    • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the nerves and blood vessels of the body.
    • Analyse functional movement planes of the body.
    • Examine how the anatomy of the body impacts on practical application.
    • Explain the classification of injury to the body.

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  • The importance of knowing the structure and function of the different body systems cannot be understated for practising sports therapists. The anatomy and physiology of the body underpins all of the theoretically applied knowledge for practical treatment techniques, so that the therapist knows what bodily structures and functions are normal at rest and during exercise. It will also provide essential knowledge that will be developed in pathology to enable the sports therapist to differentially diagnose their clients. The therapist needs to address other important components that can affect an athlete's performance, such as nutrition for performance preparation and recovery. It is important to understand the basic nutritional requirements of the body, and then look at the effects that sports and exercise has on these requirements. This module provides an overview of the gross and micro anatomy and physiology of the main body systems, how they are fuelled at rest and in response to exercise.

    On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • Review the regulation of the bodies systems, at rest and in response to exercise.
    • Record and analyse the physiological data of a case study at rest.
    • Record and analyse the physiological data of a case study in response to exercise.
    • Interpret the micronutrients and macronutrient requirements of sport and exercise participants.
    • Design a nutritional strategy to improve sport and exercise performance.
    • Review a range of literature on a nutritional strategy to improve sport and exercise performance.

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  • This module introduces fundamental psychological constructs and how they impact upon our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise environments. Such constructs include personality, motivation, anxiety, stress as well as the learning and performance process.

    On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

    • Identify and discuss the theories of sport and exercise psychology.
    • Describe the major theories of motor control and learning.
    • Discuss how psychological variables influence behaviour.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of measurement in sport and exercise psychology.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data; performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.

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  • This module introduces theories related to coaching and leadership roles in sport and exercise. The module aims to create the environment where the individual develops their own practical competencies in related coaching and leadership skills.  In addition, the module aims to provide the experiential basis necessary to appreciate and understand sport as an academic subject.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate an understanding of coaching, group management, and leadership theories.
    • Explain and discuss how theories of group coaching, management, and leadership can be applied to practical sport and exercise settings.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of structural, technical and tactical aspects of selected sports.
    • Develop practical coaching experience from assistant/observer to lead coach in a variety of sport and levels.
    • Lead a short session on warm up/cool down or technical, tactical skills related to a sport.
    • Demonstrate the key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication (group discussions; presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials; incorporate images in documents including tables, charts, and diagrams), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information), teamwork (working with others), and develop independent learning skills.

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Year 2

  • This module is designed to critically appraise the current research underpinning sport coaching and allow you to evaluate this knowledge through a practical experience. The module begins with an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods and emphasises the importance of research for developing sport coaching practice. To illustrate and examine how research informs coaching practice you, with tutor support, are required to source your own work experience placement opportunities within clubs, individual or team sport settings and offer a reflection and critical appraisal of current practice. It enables you to utilise the knowledge and practise skills gained on the course within an employment context. This provides you with not only the necessary practical experience, but additionally the key and transferable skills that will enhance your employability in the competitive market of sport coaching.

    On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate understanding of the key principles in research methods for producing a valid research sport coaching project.
    • Critically evaluate and report on research findings related to sport coaching.
    • Demonstrate employability through the process of seeking and applying for positions within an organisation, identify the structural components and functioning of the specific organisation and demonstrate a professional level of competence.
    • Demonstrate an awareness of the attributes and skills needed in sport coaching by reflecting on the simulated work experience and evaluating key and transferable skills necessary for employment in sport coaching.
    • Critically appraise the research that informs best practice in sport coaching and the comparative practices undertaken by an organisation.
     
  • This module seeks to highlight the importance of examining sport and sport coaching from a sociological and cultural perspective, and to introduce key concepts of sociological and cultural studies and their relationship to sport. The module will also examine theories, methodologies and technologies associated with sport coaching and contemporary issues that are emerging within the sport and coaching environments. 

    On successful completion of the module,you will be able to:

    • Discuss how social and cultural factors may affect sporting participation and coaching.
    • Describe how an appreciation of key sociological and cultural perspectives of sport can be applied to sports participation and coaching.
    • Understand how social, cultural and political factors influence sports participation and coaching and the organisation of sport, globally and in the UK.
    • Discuss the emergence and significance of conflicting developments by research and the sport industry.
    • Identify and provide an overview of a contemporary issue in sport participation and coaching.
    • Demonstrate the key skills of communication (group discussions, reading, selecting, extracting and collating information from appropriate sources, make a presentation, produce written materials), numeric skills (collect primary and secondary data, design a suitable recording format for data collection, evaluation of numerical data, perform basic calculations on amount and sizes, scales and proportions, using statistics where appropriate), ICT (search for, retrieve and store information using ICT resources and, develop independent learning skills).

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  • This module introduces technical and tactical analysis of sport performance. The technical aspect introduces the key mathematical and physical concepts underlying the biomechanical analysis of sport and exercise and provides an appreciation of how the application of biomechanics may be used to explain and enhance sporting and exercise movements, with practical analytical experience. The tactical aspect provides an appreciation of the application of notational analysis to enhance the coaching process.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Demonstrate application of the mathematical and physical concepts underlying biomechanical analysis of sport and exercise.
    • Evaluate and analyse both sporting and exercise movements through the application of biomechanical theory.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts underlying the notational analysis of sports behaviour and strategy and its role in the coaching process.
    • Explain and evaluate data collection systems in notational analysis and their use in different sports.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.

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  • Please choose from the following:

    • This module considers the psychological influences on human behaviour in sport and exercise environments and the concepts and methodologies of sport and exercise psychology.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Discuss theories of sport and exercise psychology.
      • Demonstrate how psychological theories can be applied to sport and exercise settings.
      • Critically discuss methodological issues related to sport and exercise psychology research and limitations of theories in sport and exercise psychology.
      • Demonstrate key skills of communication (group discussions; making a presentation; reading, selecting, extracting, and collating information from appropriate sources; produce written materials), numeracy (data collection; recording data, evaluating data; performing calculations), ICT (produce a document that incorporates and combines different types of information; search for, retrieve, and store information using ICT resources), teamwork, and develop independent learning skills.

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    • This module covers the acute and chronic physiological changes induced by exercise and an understanding of cardio-respiratory health as well as develop the application of exercise physiology to performance. The module considers the role of exercise and physical activity as a prescription therapy to clinical diseases and develops the scientific skills to monitor and assess health, fitness and performance.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • To explain how different intensities and duration of physical activity/exercise affects the major physiological systems.
      • To identify and apply the key aspects of cardio-respiratory measurements to the proposed limitations and physiological adaptations to exercise and physical activity participation.
      • To evaluate the issues/implications/benefits of exercise participation in relation to unhealthy individuals and special populations with reference to professional guidelines.
      • To evaluate the need for, and methods of, screening patients prior to exercise testing and prescription.
      • To use practical equipment accurately and demonstrate awareness of, and the practical competencies in, screening and assessment.
      • To demonstrate key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.

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