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Sport Science (Coaching) BSc(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
3 years full time CX6C 2017
4 years full time including sandwich year CX61 2017
4 years full time including foundation year CX6D 2017

Please note this course was previously called Sports Analysis and Coaching BSc(Hons).

Why choose this course?

This course is ideal if you are interested in using sport science to enhance your coaching knowledge and practice. It covers the scientific foundation of sport analysis and performance, giving you the opportunity to explore a range of performance-related subjects, including coaching practice, exercise physiology, biomechanics, notational analysis, and sport psychology.

Guardian University Guide 2015

Kingston University was ranked 13th out of 69 institutions – and first in London – in the University guide 2015: league table for sports science.

What you will study 

Year 1 introduces you to the theory and practice of effective coaching and leadership. You will take part in a practical-based coaching module, exploring the theories that underpin coaching and leadership roles in sport and exercise. You will learn to understand sport as an academic subject, by putting theories to use in a practical context. Other modules cover key concepts in sport and exercise psychology, such as motivation and personality. There are also modules regarding human physiology and an introduction to anatomy and biomechanics. In addition, you will be introduced to the essential principles of scientific investigation. 

Year 2 builds on foundation knowledge, introducing you to new topic areas such as notational analysis in sport. There are further practical modules in sport analysis, and you will study physiology and psychology in more detail. You will be introduced to contemporary issues in sport coaching and gain a deeper understanding of sport and exercise psychology. Finally, you will study research methods in physical activity, preparing you for your Year 3 research project.

In Year 3, you will have the opportunity to gain further experience in the Coaching Practice module. You will develop analytical skills by studying advanced notational analysis, and you will extend your knowledge of sport physiology or sport psychology and/or biomechanics (depending on your preference and focus for coaching).

All Year 3 students are required to develop their independent learning skills by carrying out a project/dissertation on a selected topic in coaching and sport analysis.

Please note: although the course will not provide professional coaching qualifications, it provides the scientific knowledge to achieve qualification up to United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 3/4, and gives you the opportunity to develop practical coaching skills.

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 introduce the fundaments of functional anatomy and physiology, particularly the skeletal, neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The focus will be on the understanding of the biomechanics of movement and the physiological adjustments in response to the demands of sport and exercise.

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

    • Name the main anatomical features, and describe the functional skeletal, muscular and neurological anatomies of the major muscles, bones and joints of the human body.
    • Identify and describe the structure, function and interaction of systems used extensively in exercise, particularly the neural, muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
    • Evaluate data from physiological and biomechanical assessment.
    • Use practical equipment accurately and demonstrate awareness of, and basic competency of sport and exercise laboratory equipment.
    • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.

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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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  • This module provides an essential introduction to the skills required for undergraduate study and scientific research and to understand the principles of qualitative and quantitative experimental research and elementary data analysis. The skills developed in this module will begin to formulate the foundation to later research methods modules and the final year project or dissertation module.

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

    • Manage time to become effective independent learners.
    • Demonstrate and reflect on a range of academic key and transferable skills required for effective learning, including but not limited to oral presentations, written reports essays and demonstrate an awareness of feedback.
    • Locate contemporary research publications both in text and electronic format and reference them appropriately.
    • Understand the terminology and basic concepts of research in the field of sport and exercise science.
    • Identify appropriate methods of experimental research in sport and exercise sciences.
    • Conduct and interpret the results of statistical tests.

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Year 2

  • 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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  • 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 focuses on the approaches to research design, data collection and statistical analysis and further discusses quantitative and qualitative research methods and introduces advanced statistical techniques.  The module provides an essential introduction to research ethics and the ethical approval procedures that are required when using human participants for research.

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

    • Reflect on personal and academic skills, and to research potential employment opportunities in the sport, health and exercise related industries, demonstrating an awareness of the attributes and skills needed to achieve your aspirations.
    • Formulate a research question based on the evaluation of relevant peer-reviewed literature.
    • Construct a viable research proposal with a sound rationale and appropriate research design.
    • Understand the procedures of applying for ethical approval for a study involving human participants and produce a relevant information sheet and informed consent form.
    • Perform and interpret appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.
    • Demonstrate the key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication (read, select, extract and collate information; produce a written report incorporating tables, charts, graphs and diagrams), numeric (collection of data;  design recording formats; perform basic calculations), ICT (presentation of data;  production of written report, search for and retrieve and store information), and independent learning.

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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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Optional sandwich year

Year 3/4

  • This module builds upon skills gained in Essentials for Sport and Exercise Science and Research Methods in Exercise Science. The module involves a significant piece of original and independent research carried out through the year. A requirement will be to utilise Sport Analysis and Coaching knowledge and identify a selected field of study, plan and undertake some form of data collection which will culminate in the writing of a scientific project and the delivery of an oral presentation. This module also provides opportunity to reflect upon and demonstrate a critical understanding of the key transferable skills that have emerged from the final year of study to enhance employability/readiness for work through personal and professional development and research experience. 

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

    • Devise and write a concise plan of a proposed research project, paying due consideration to health and safety regulations and ethics, if required.
    • Undertake original research and compare the outcomes with the current understanding.
    • Write a structured and lucid report of the work carried out that is appropriately analytical and critical.
    • Evaluate and communicate complex information both orally and in writing.
    • Demonstrate key skills of creative thinking, problem solving, communication (produce written reports; oral presentation; incorporate tables, charts and diagrams in documents; collate information), numeracy (collect and analyse data), ICT (to obtain information; present written reports and oral presentation), and opportunity to reflect upon and demonstrate a critical understanding of the key transferable skills that have emerged from the final year of study that will enhance their employability through personal and professional development and research experience.
     
  • This module develops previous skills gained and further enhances the role of notational analysis within sport. The module sees a much greater emphasis placed on the applied application on notational analysis and how this supports the coaching cycle within a variety of sports. Computerised notational investigations to gain insight into performance will be required.

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

    • Discuss the role of notational analysis in the coaching process, alongside current trends within the field.
    • Develop computerised notational systems for sport analysis.
    • Explain and describe computerised data collection systems in notational analysis and critically evaluate their application.
    • Critically evaluate the research area and understand the current developments within notational analysis research.
    • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the statistical measures and their application in notational research.
    • Demonstrate the key skills of communication (read, select, extract and collate information; produce a written report incorporating tables, charts, graphs and diagrams), numeracy (collection of data; design recording formats; perform basic calculations), ICT (presentation of data: production of written report, search for and retrieve information), teamwork (data collection with others) and independent learning.

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  • This module builds on the previous practical and theoretical understanding with the aim to develop coaching experience whilst being more attuned and critically aware of the theory of sport science and best practice in coaching. In addition, the module focuses on enhancing existing knowledge and ability to critically develop long and short-term coaching strategies to aid in holistic athletic development.

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

    • Demonstrate the ability to provide safe and competent coaching.
    • Coach specific aspects of a training programme or session by applying theoretical knowledge to practical delivery.
    • Plan and prepare coaching sessions that enable the coach to identify talented athletes, improve technical skills and that improve the athlete's physical conditioning by the use of the principles of long-term athlete development and the periodisation of training.
    • Identify and critically evaluate the structural components of a coaching programme in relation to sport science disciplines.
    • 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 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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  • Choose from the following:

    • This module provides a critical, theoretical and practical understanding of applied techniques used in the biomechanical analysis of human movement and sporting activity to identify how the application of biomechanics may be used to improve sports performance and reduce the risk of injury. The module also provides critical awareness of the mechanisms, prevention, assessment and treatment of injury associated with sport participation.

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

      • Apply knowledge and practical experience of the techniques used for recording and analysing sporting movements.
      • Critically evaluate how applied biomechanics can improve sporting performance and reduce the risk of injury.
      • Demonstrate a developed critical awareness of differing approaches to movement analysis.
      • Demonstrate a developed critical awareness of differing approaches and methodologies related to injury assessment and rehabilitation.
      • Demonstrate key skills of communication, numeracy, ICT, teamwork and develop independent skills.

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    • This is a core module in Sports Science pathway, and an optional module in the, Sports Analysis and Coaching, Exercise, Nutrition and Health and Biological Sciences (Human Biology) pathways. This module provides coverage of the environmental influences that impact on humans when exercising or competing in sport. The physiological reactions to discrete environmental stresses are described and methods of acclimatisation or coping are explained. This module also examines nutritional supplementation and prohibited methods to enhance physical performance, including a focus on current regulation and policies and the attitudes, values and behaviours that may precipitate doping and the consequences of doping in sport.

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    • This module furthers the understanding of the application of psychology to sport, including the role of the sport psychologist, and the types of skills used by these professionals with individual athletes and teams. Building upon the existing knowledge of psychological theory previously gained and applying this knowledge to case studies and stories of professional athletes. The module aims to  develop  an understanding of the frameworks used by sport psychologists working in the field, as well as having the opportunity to  apply these skills through role play. This module will develop critical understanding of sport psychology through the evaluation of interventions to promote athletic performance.

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

      • Effectively and critically apply psychological theory to the sport domain
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the applied sport psychology process: from needs analysis to intervention and evaluation, with a high level of autonomy and in an evidence based fashion
      • Demonstrate a developed critical understanding of the moral and ethical issues when working with performers in the area of sport 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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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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