This course brings together the exciting disciplines of sports development, sports management and coaching science, designed specifically for graduates wishing to face the challenges of a rapidly changing industry. It has been developed in close consultation with a number of high-profile industry bodies to ensure that when you graduate you’ll be well prepared for work in this competitive and exciting discipline.
You need a certain amount of creativity when developing sport, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the principles behind coaching science and this course will provide you with all of this and more. Links have been developed with a number of key partners for example the Club Managers Association of Europe, the RFU and Dorset FA. You will benefit from an increasing numbers of guest lectures from companies such as FIFA. Other links exist with England Athletics, Wessex Volleyball, Southampton FC, and AFC Bournemouth.
Our brand new sport performance laboratories enable you to measure the impact that changes to a training regime can have, and how you as a coach can use that information to better athletes or a team’s performance.
The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points, including 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
For this course we are looking for applicants who:
Show signs of developing into well rounded leaders and team players
Have good inter and intra personal skills
Have a passion for sport and developing people through sporting activities
Want to learn the theory behind sports coaching
Want to develop as people.
Functional Anatomy: An introduction to the anatomy linked with physical activity and sports performance. You´ll learn about how the human body works particularity the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Research Skills: Learn how to find and use academic literature and the variety of ways to submit your work. You´ll also be introduced to principles that support the coaching process.
Social Perspectives in Sport: This unit will teach you about social issues in sport, and sociological theories you can use in a sporting context. You´ll develop thinking skills to help you place your own sporting experiences in the broader sociological environment.
Principles of Coaching: Develop your knowledge of sports coaching theories and practices, and learn how they´re used in practical coaching environments. You´ll learn about issues related to working in the sporting industry, which will prepare you for the work-based learning placement in Year 2.
Sport Management: Gain business and personal management skills. You´ll learn about operational management, marketing, planning and financial issues and key issues related to working within the sporting industry, and develop problem solving, numeric, reflective and analytical skills.
Sport, Physical Activity & Health: The role of physical activity in improving and maintaining public health. You´ll gain a theoretical knowledge of health promotion using physical activity and learn about the relationship between sport, physical activity and morbidity.
In your second year, you´ll develop more subject specific knowledge and learn about what you´ll need to work effectively during your industrial work placement in year 3.
Research Methods: You´ll be taught about the importance of research in your understanding of sport. It will give you the skills you´ll need for collecting, analysing and presenting data, and develop your understanding of research ethics. You´ll learn about the diverse nature of research activity in sports contexts.
Exercise Physiology: Physiological changes happen because of training and exercise. This includes how changing environmental conditions affect the human body’s ability to function. You´ll also become familiar with the requirements for valid and reliable physiological assessment in a laboratory setting.
Event Management for Sport: Here, you´ll be encouraged to experience different theories of event management, and develop a positive attitude to risk taking and entrepreneurship through creative and innovative thinking. This unit draws on other disciplines such as finance, marketing and resource management.
Developing Coaching Principles: Build on your sports coaching skills. Gain experience of working in the sporting industry. You´ll plan, assess and reflect on your personal development in relation to sporting knowledge and expertise, coaching performance, and interpersonal working relationships.
Managing Sport Development: Learn about how sport development is managed in England. You´ll analyse the structure and systems of sport governance and the operations of national sports organisations, and assess the variation in “pure” sports development in contrast to sport as “community development”. You´ll consider the challenges sports development practitioners face when creating opportunities that engage the whole community in lifelong participation and personal development.
Personal & Professional Development in Sport: You´ll be taught about the relationships between personnel and human resource management in the management of people in sport organisations. You´ll learn about the range of personnel and human resources practices in sport organisations, and the legal frameworks which govern the management of people in sport organisations.
Placement: A (minimum) 30-week supervised work placement in the UK or overseas. You´ll have been encouraged to develop an area of interest in your first two years to help you find a suitable work placement. Our Sports and Physical Activity Research Centre has excellent links with sporting organisations and national governing bodies in both the UK and Australia.
In your final year, you´ll have the opportunity to develop and merge your academic and industrial skills. You´ll choose a unit to reflect your area of interest.
Performance Analysis in Coaching
Critical Sport Development
Option untis (choose two)
Critical Notational Analysis in Sport
Managing Performance Coaching
Marketing & Corporate Communications
Professionalism & Leadership
Small Business Management
Sport, Physical Education & Pedagogy
Sport & the Law
Sport, Leisure & Politics
Sports Injury & Rehabilitation
Assistant club manager
Performance Head Coach
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