Psychology has rapidly become a fundamental part of sports coaching and so we´ve developed a course that perfectly combines both disciplines to give you a solid understanding of psychology and the methods you can use to enhance sporting performance. This course covers sports coaching, sports psychology, performance analysis and the management of sports performance.
It’s been designed in consultation with various high-profile industry organisations including UK Sport, BASES, Sport England, Sports Coach UK, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and National Governing Bodies, and will give you a comprehensive academic education, all underpinned by varied practical experience.
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.
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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:
Are passionate about developing others and well as themselves
Show signs of developing good inter and intra personal skills
Have knowledge of psychological concepts
Have experience of sports science
Want to work with people.
In your first year, you´ll study a variety of subjects to help you understand the wider sporting context.
Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology: Understand sport and exercise psychology theories, and learn how sport psychology and the sporting environment are linked. You´ll look at how the brain impacts on human behaviour.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Three.
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.
Psychology of Exercise: Study human behaviour in the exercise environment. You´ll look at the relationship between exercise and health and wellbeing, and how exercise could improve mental health.
Psychology of Human Performance: Building on what you learnt in the Introduction Sport & Exercise Psychology unit, you´ll learn how to make informed judgements about the psychological factors that affect human performance, and how to make psychological interventions in the sporting environment.
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.
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 which gives you the opportunity to turn theory into practice in a business environment. Our Sport and Physical Activity Research Centre has excellent links with sporting organisations and national governing bodies in both the UK and Australia. This includes Sport England, UK Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport. We also have links with a number of European sporting organisations and their counterparts in North America.
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.
Dissertation: A piece of independent work that involves collecting, interpreting and analysing data. You´ll share your key findings through a sustained and balanced argument. The dissertation will develop your analytical and problem solving skills. You´ll develop a critical attitude to research methods, and the ethical issues associated with researching.
Applied Sport Psychology: How applied sport psychology can enhance sport training and performance. You´ll learn how to evaluate the psychological factors that affect sports performance and how to use intervention strategies.
Performance Analysis in Coaching: Performance analysis in sports coaching and performance sport. You´ll learn how to apply various analysis techniques for performers and coaches and the ability to give appropriate feedback from your findings.
Option units (choose two)
Critical Notional Analysis in Sport.
Managing Performance Coaching
Marketing & Corporate Communications
Professionalism and Leadership
Sport, Physical Education & Pedagogy
Sport & the Law
Sport, Leisure & Politics
Sports Injury & Rehabilitation
Small Business Management
Sports development officer.
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