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Sport Coaching FdSc

Why choose this course?

Our Sport Coaching FdSc, taught jointly with NESCOT, offers a blend of coaching theory and performance analysis with an emphasis on practical experience in the workplace.

Kingston's partnership with local sports teams ensures this course reflects the changing nature of the industry, and provides you with knowledge, skills and experience for a career in sport coaching.

You will develop a balanced theoretical and applied grounding in sports coaching. You will gain knowledge of biomechanical analysis of human movement and sporting activity. You will investigate how nutrition and psychology can improve sporting performance. 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 practitioner in the sport coaching field.

You'll experience using and working with the latest equipment and analysis techniques and graduate with potential for a wide range of careers and further study options.

We were ranked 1st in England and 2nd in the UK for sport science in the Guardian University League Tables 2020.

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
2 years full time C602 Clearing 2019
2020
4 years part time Apply direct to the University Clearing 2019
2020
Location Penrhyn Road and NESCOT

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Once you successfully complete this course, you'll be able to top-up to a full BSc (Hons) by completing Year 3 of the Sport Science (Coaching) course. 
  • At least 25 per cent of the course has practical or simulated work-based learning. 
  • This course offers a blend of coaching theory and performance analysis.

What you will study

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.

You will learn the fundamental theories of sport coaching, practical competencies and how to apply your academic knowledge.

The course reflects the multidimensional nature of coaching, exploring anatomy, physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, psychology and motor skill acquisition. The course enables you to develop your coaching philosophy and style based on your specific interests and specialisms.

You will gain in-depth knowledge of industry-standard analysis tools used to aid coaching development of athletes and teams.

There are opportunities for work-based learning 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 practitioner in the sport coaching field.

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 you will have the opportunity to develop practical coaching skills.

Year 1

Year 2

You will develop a balanced theoretical and applied grounding in sports coaching. You will gain knowledge of biomechanical analysis of human movement and sporting activity. You will investigate how nutrition and psychology can improve sporting performance. You will also gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of industry-standard analysis tools used to aid coaching development of athletes and teams

Core modules

Functional Anatomy & Kinesiology

30 credits

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.
Anatomy, Physiology & Nutrition

30 credits

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.
Sport and Exercise Psychology 1

30 credits

This level four module is a core module in all Sports & Exercise Science undergraduate courses. The module seeks to introduce 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. These topics will be introduced within lectures, further examined within seminar, workshop and practical sessions, and supplemented with additional online material.

The Science and Practice of Coaching

30 credits

This module is a core module for students studying Sport Science; Sport Science (Coaching) and the Foundation degree in Sport Coaching.  It introduces theories related to coaching and leadership roles in sport and exercise, and it aims to create environments where students can develop their own practical competencies in related coaching and leadership skills.  It also aims to provide students with the experiential basis necessary for them to appreciate and understand sport as an academic subject.

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 practitioner in the sport coaching field.

You'll experience using and working with the latest equipment and analysis techniques and graduate with potential for a wide range of careers and further study options.

Core modules

Research Informed Coaching Practice

30 credits

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.
Analysis in Sport and Exercise

30 credits

This module is a core module in the Sports Science and Sports Analysis and Coaching fields. The 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 students with 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. Students gain experience in various hand notation systems as well as using a computer based system.

Sport Coaching Theory

30 credits

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).
Sport and Exercise Psychology 2

30 credits

This is a core module in Sport Science and Exercise, Nutrition & Health degree pathways, and offered as an option on the Sports Analysis & Coaching degree pathway. The module seeks to enable students to further understand the psychological influences on human behaviour in sport and exercise environments. These topics will be introduced within lectures, further examined within seminar, workshop and practical sessions, and supplemented with additional online material.

Health and Exercise Physiology

30 credits

This is a core module in Sport Science, Exercise, Nutrition & Health and Biological Sciences (Human Biology) degree pathways, and offered as an option on the Sports Analysis & Coaching. This module covers the acute and chronic physiological changes induced by exercise and an understanding of cardio-respiratory health. This module will develop the students' application of exercise physiology to performance. The module will also enable students to apply the role of exercise and physical activity as a prescription therapy to clinical diseases. This module will further develop the student understanding by equipping them with the scientific skills to monitor and assess health, fitness and performance.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

If you want to join us in 2019 through Clearing, please call us on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the tariff information below is for 2020 entry only.

Typical offer

We welcome applications from International Applicants. All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0, with no element below 5.5.

Additional requirements

Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio.

A Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) clearance may be required dependant on the nature of the placement that is undertaken as part of the programme's core delivery.

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative Level 3 qualifications such as an Access Course in Sport and Exercise Science or Sport Science which has been passed with 80 UCAS points.

Applications from those that have undertaken a Science foundation year will also be considered.

International

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no element below 5.5. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Teaching and assessment

The course utilises a wide range of teaching and learning methods that will enable you to be actively engaged throughout the course. Teaching and learning will focus on developing academic skills and utilising research informed teaching strategies. Teaching and learning methods are carefully crafted to suit the content and the learning outcomes of the module - typically using lectures in the early parts of modules to ensure that you have the key knowledge relating to the module. Through a variety of group- and individual-based seminars and practical laboratory sessions, you are then given the opportunity to develop more individual interests to develop personal and key skills.

A range of assessment methods will be used to enable you to demonstrate the acquisition of your knowledge and skills. These include (but are not limited to): practical competency, written coursework, oral presentations, in-class tests, MCQs, examinations, laboratory reports and poster presentations. The assessment regime for each module has been designed to provide formative opportunities that allow you to practise and to receive 'feed forward' appraisals of your performance in preparation for the summative assessment.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 2

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Placement
  • Guided independent study

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exams
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Exams

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally enrols 10 students and lecture sizes are normally 5-65. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Facilities

There is a wide range of facilities for practical work at our Penrhyn Road campus, where this course is based. You will have access to a modern environment with the latest equipment.

Exercise physiology lab facilities

We have a number of ergometers (eg treadmill, cycle, rowing kayak) for analysing sports-specific performance. Sophisticated equipment allows us to measure the physiological responses to exercise, such as.

  • oxygen consumption;
  • fat oxidation;
  • heart rate;
  • blood pressure; and
  • haematological responses.

Practical work helps you develop your understanding of exercise physiology and your practical skills. The high specification equipment ensures a high quality of research and allows staff to provide support services to top-class athletes from a range of sports.
Biomechanics lab facilities

A large laboratory provides space for teaching, research and consultancy activities. We can sophisticatedly analyse sports movements and skills thanks to:

  • force platforms fitted in the floor;
  • a six-camera motion analysis system;
  • an isokinetic dynamometer; and
  • electromyography.

Two smaller labs provide space for specific activities, such as gait analysis, assessment of muscle function and data analysis.

The Library offers:

  • subject libraries, plus a free inter-library loan scheme to other libraries in the Greater London area;
  • online database subscriptions; and
  • a growing selection of resource materials.

Who teaches this course?

The course is delivered between Kingston University (Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing) and our partner institute NESCOT College. Staff in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing havea wide range of experience across research and industry and continue to practice and research at the cutting edge of their discipline. This ensures that our courses are current and industry informed ensuring you get the most relevant and up to date education possible.Staff will use their experience and professional networks to hone your skills and shape you into the next generation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates.

Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2019/20): £14,200
Year 2 (2020/21): £14,600
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* If you are assessed as a 'home' student for fee purposes, the fee for the Introductory Year (Year Zero) in 2019/20 is £9,250. These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

You should be aware that if you want to 'top-up' to an honours degree on completion of the foundation degree, the fee for the top-up year for home (UK and EU) students is the standard undergraduate fee, currently £9,250 for the 2019/20 academic year (this may increase for future years of study).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free wifi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,000

* If you are assessed as a 'home' student for fee purposes, the fee for the Introductory Year (Year Zero) in 2020/21is £9,250. These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

You should be aware that if you want to 'top-up' to an honours degree on completion of the foundation degree, the fee for the top-up year for home (UK and EU) students is the standard undergraduate fee, currently £9,250 for the 2020/21 academic year (this may increase for future years of study).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

 

After you graduate

You will graduate from this course with specific skills and knowledge related to sport analysis and coaching science, as well as useful interpersonal and transferable skills for the work environment. 

At least 25 per cent of the course has practical or simulated work-based learning, comprising 100 hours of vocational coaching experience. This emphasis on work-based learning allows you to reflect upon research, and your own experience of working in an applied setting, to improve your coaching practice. 

On successful completion of the FdSc, you will be eligible to top-up to a full BSc(Hons) by completing the third year of the Sport Science course.

Careers and recruitment advice

The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing has a specialist employability team. It provides friendly and high-quality careers and recruitment guidance, including advice and sessions on job-seeking skills such as CV preparation, application forms and interview techniques. Specific advice is also available for international students about the UK job market and employers' expectations and requirements. 

The team runs employer events throughout the year, including job fairs, key speakers from industry and interviews on campus. These events give you the opportunity to hear from, and network with, employers in an informal setting. For example, students can practise their interview skills with real employers at a 'speed interviewing' event on campus.

Employability preparation at Kingston University

In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.  

As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include: 

  • placements; 

  • working or studying abroad; 

  • volunteering; 

  • peer mentoring roles; and  

  • internship opportunities within and outside the University. 

In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.

Courses available after you graduate

If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni.

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