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Study at the cutting edge of sports coaching and enhance your ability to apply advanced sport coaching principles and techniques to further develop coaching practice. Read more
Study at the cutting edge of sports coaching and enhance your ability to apply advanced sport coaching principles and techniques to further develop coaching practice. This course is taught by the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam and uses experts from the sport science and sport coaching industry. You can either apply to study the PgDip or full MSc.

If you are an experienced high performing coach working with children or adults and want to develop your expertise, or performance coach working with talent, this course enables you to further develop and apply your knowledge, skills and competencies in your sport coaching environment. The course allows you to utilise and apply cutting edge research and technologies to shape and inform your advancing sport coaching practice.

This course represents a close working partnership between British Judo, Sports Coach UK and Sheffield Hallam. The content, curriculum design, delivery and assessment methods have been developed with British Judo and Sports Coach UK to ensure it meets the needs of coaches working at this level.

The course has been designed to help coaches to evidence how their developing sport coaching practice meets the expected competencies of the UKCC Level 4 master coach, working within performance coaching. Successfully completing it enables you to use this qualification to directly evidence the academic aspects of the UKCC Level 4 award.

The course equips you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to further enhance your professional career in sport context. It augments your ability to communicate, facilitate, solve complex problems and make effective decisions.

During the course you:
-Develop your skills and knowledge to be a more confident user of digital technologies and resources.
-Enhance your technical, problem solving and coaching skills.
-Understand how to apply your learning to your coaching environment.
-Develop your psychological, biomechanical, performance analysis and physiological understanding.
-Improve your analysis of your athletes performance and your coach/athlete interventions.

If you successfully gain the postgraduate diploma you then have the option to progress to a full MSc.

The Academy of Sport and Physical Activity brings together our sport courses and our world-renowned research centre's to offer a major centre of excellence for sport industry education, research and consultancy services. Our mission is to make a national and international contribution to the advancement of sport and physical activity. We have an enviable reputation of delivering a growing programme of sport-related courses, as well as providing, through our dedicated research centres, research and consultancy services to partners.

We are based across two campuses. Collegiate Hall houses some of the finest sport science laboratories in the UK, whilst our sport campus at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield is home to many of Team GB's top athletes. Our sports research is ranked fourth in the UK and we provide market-leading commercial services to a wide range of organisations and athletes.

The Centre for Sport and Exercise Science boasts one of the largest physical activity and sport-related portfolios of research expertise in the UK. It focuses on physical activity, wellbeing and performance enhancement. The centre worked closely with GB Volleyball and GB Table Tennis as they prepared for London 2012.

Each student is assigned an academic and professional advisor/mentor, whose role is to support your academic and professional development and career planning.

The course is led by Michelle Vernon-Way, an expert in sport coaching with over 20 years industry experience of bespoke development for NGB coaches.

Professional recognition

Sheffield Hallam University is accredited by the UK Coaching Standards Group to work with National Governing Bodies of Sport to deliver a UKCC Level 4 coaching programme.

Course structure

Part time – 2 years for the PgDip and 3 years for the MSc.

Course content
The course comprises of four learning strands which have been identified as fundamental to the development of advanced sport coaching practice. Modules are designed within these overarching strands, which are developed throughout your studies.
These learning strands are:
-Psychology of performance coaching.
-Biomechanics and performance analysis.
-Applied physiology, nutrition and conditioning.
-Professional practice.
-Research and independent project (this only studied if you complete a full MSc).

Completing the PgDip awards you 120 masters level credits. The MSc is completed by a project which is research-based or an applied support project, giving you the flexibility to tailor the project to your own strengths or needs. The vast majority of teaching is in small groups of typically less than 20 allowing for bespoke delivery.

Year One modules
-Developing professional practice
-Psychology of performance coaching
-Applied biomechanics and performance analysis
-Applied physiology, nutrition and conditioning 1

Year Two modules
-Advanced professional practice
-Advanced psychology of performance coaching
-Advanced biomechanics and match analysis
-Applied physiology, nutrition and conditioning 2

Year Three modules - optional MSc
-Research methods for practice
-Project

Assessment: case studies, reports, presentations, research project thesis, portfolio, interventions.

Other admission requirements

Hold recognised coaching licence or membership of a recognised sport coaching association or membership of a recognised international sport coaching federation. Where candidates lack experience, evidence of continual professional development in coaching or equivalent levels of study in coaching will be sought for example, UK Sport, Sports Coach UK performance workshops. You need to attend an interview to determine your suitability to study at masters level. Non-native English speakers need to be proficient in English, typically shown by an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which enables you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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This programme provides students with a critical understanding of sport and exercise psychology. It is designed and delivered primarily with a view to best preparing students for two specific career pathways. Read more
This programme provides students with a critical understanding of sport and exercise psychology. It is designed and delivered primarily with a view to best preparing students for two specific career pathways: a Sport and Exercise Psychologist / Sport and Exercise Scientist or a lecturer / professor of sport and exercise psychology / sport and exercise science, specialising in psychology.

Areas of study include: research methods and methodologies, psychology of sport and physical activity in youth, current research in performance psychology and management, psychology of exercise for clinical populations, quantitative research, qualitative research, mental health in sport and exercise, professional practice in sport psychology, the psychology of the coach-athlete relationship, and a research project.

See the website http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/ssehs/psychology-sport-exercise/

Programme modules

Compulsory Modules:
Semester 1
- Research Methods and Methodologies
- Performance Psychology
- Applied Sport Psychology
- Motivation and Individual Differences in Exercise and Sport

Semester 2
- Quantitative Research or Qualitative Research
- Applied Sport Psychology
- Psychology of Physical Activity and Public Health
- Mental Health and Physical Activity

Summer
- Research Project

Assessment

Examination, coursework and a research paper.

Careers and further study

Sport and exercise psychologist, performance psychologist, sport and exercise scientist, a lecturer / professor of sport and exercise psychology, a lecturer / professor of sport and exercise science specialising in psychology, and doctoral researcher of sport and exercise psychology.

Why choose sport, exercise and health sciences at Loughborough?

Staff within the School are renowned internationally for the quality of their teaching and research, which has influenced policy and practice around the world.

Knowledge gained from our research underpins the teaching and variety of learning experiences offered through the School’s comprehensive range of postgraduate taught and research degrees.

Our staff expertise, combined with on-going investment in buildings, teaching facilities, laboratories and equipment, makes the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences a stimulating, multidisciplinary environment in which to study.

- Research
Research within the School is classified broadly into three themes: Performance in sport, Lifestyle for health and well-being, and Participation in sport and exercise.

- Career prospects
Over 92% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. They go on to work with companies such as APR Psychology, Adidas, BUPA, Badminton England, British Red Cross, Ministry of Education, KPGM, Lucozade, NHS, Nuffield Health and Youth Sport Trust.

Find out how to apply here http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/ssehs/psychology-sport-exercise/

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If you are already working, or you intend to work, in the field of sport and exercise nutrition this course will provide the opportunity to upgrade your academic and professional skills, expertise and knowledge. Read more
If you are already working, or you intend to work, in the field of sport and exercise nutrition this course will provide the opportunity to upgrade your academic and professional skills, expertise and knowledge.

If you wish to gain practical experience as a Sport and Exercise Nutritionist there is an opportunity to complete an extracurricular training programme during the first few weeks of the course. If you complete the entire programme you will be eligible to apply for an internship. This could provide you with an opportunity to gain experience in sport science working under supervision with our University's sports teams, sporting partners and elite performers, whilst studying for a masters degree.

There are no option modules on this course as it is designed to facilitate preparation for accreditation with the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register. We will provide opportunities for the development of your professional skills relevant to a host of work across performance sport, physical activity, exercise and health. It will also cover the key theories of sport and exercise nutrition.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments, case studies, examinations, laboratory reports and presentations appropriate to the programme. Each module is assessed through the equivalent of 4,000 words.

Sport and active lifestyles

At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/sport).

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sportandnutrition_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Our course enables you to develop an advanced level of subject knowledge and research experience, as well as a comprehensive range of transferable scientific and vocational skills. Your career choices can include leading sports nutrition programmes for teams and elite athletes, involvement in physical activity initiatives, along with employment in national governing bodies and organisations.

- Sports Nutritionist
- Health and Fitness Coach
- Food Technologist
- Healthy Eating Co-ordinator

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our University is recognised as a leader in the field of sport and exercise science. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in sport-related studies in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2014 in which Leeds Beckett came second in the country for sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.

Much of our outstanding sport and exercise science research pervades our taught modules providing the opportunity for those working or intending to work in the field of sport and exercise science and its sub-disciplines (physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology) to upgrade their academic and professional skills, expertise and knowledge.

Modules

Sport & Exercise Nutrition (20 credits)
Gain a good theoretical understanding of the current sport nutrition necessary to become a good sport and exercise practitioner, studying the general principles, concepts and underpinning theory in nutrition necessary for the development of nutrition strategies.

Measurement & Evaluation in Sport & Exercise Nutrition (20 credits)
You will gain knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of measurement and evaluation tools and techniques in sport and exercise nutrition. This module will also enable you to develop a personal CPD plan and critically reflect on the process of measurement and evaluation in sport and exercise nutrition.

Ergogenic Practices & Nutritional Manipulation in Sport & Exercise (20 credits)
On completion you will be able to use contemporary research to explore the complex interactions and relationships between dietary manipulation strategies and specific ergogenic aids/food supplements on metabolism, sports performance and health.

Physiology & Biochemistry for Performance (20 credits)
You will develop a critical understanding of the metabolic and endocrine responses to different types of exercise, their time course and scope for training and detraining adaptations. It will also facilitate the development of laboratory data collection skills.

Research & Professional Practice (20 credits)
This module will equip you with an understanding of the skills and experience necessary to operate as a sport and exercise scientist in a range of professional settings.

Research Methods (20 credits)
This module focuses on the design of research projects as a way of answering questions and solving 'real world' problems in a reliable and valid manner.

Major Independent Study (60 credits)
You will complete a research project of your choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Ideally you will aim to produce research of a publishable quality.

Facilities

- Health Science Labs
Our multi-million pound health science laboratories and our new catering laboratory allow students to gain practical experience with state-of-the-art equipment

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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If you are already working, or aspire to work, in sport, exercise, recreation, we will provide you with the opportunity to upgrade your professional expertise. Read more
If you are already working, or aspire to work, in sport, exercise, recreation, we will provide you with the opportunity to upgrade your professional expertise.

You will study the traditional areas of exercise physiology, psychology, biomechanics and sport and exercise nutrition, and at the end of your course you will complete a major independent study related to your specific interests in sport and exercise science. You can also choose an option module which allows a more detailed consideration of the contributions of biomechanics, exercise physiology, physiology, psychology and nutrition to the study of sport and exercise.

During your course you will have the opportunity to apply for a range of professional development opportunities. Placements with Leeds United, Leeds Rugby and SportAid, as well as discipline-specific projects working with academic staff in the Carnegie Faculty are just a few examples of where past opportunities have taken place.

Sport & Active Lifestyles

At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sportandexercisescience_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Our course enables you to develop an advanced level of subject knowledge and research experience, as well as a comprehensive range of transferable scientific and vocational skills. Your career choices may include leading sport science support programmes for teams and elite athletes, community sport, involvement in physical activity initiatives or interventions with the NHS and clinical populations, along with employment in national governing bodies and organisations.You will also be well equipped to pursue a higher degree through research.

- Health Promotion Specialist
- Sports Performance Analyst
- Community Sports Coach
- Healthy Lifestyle Officer

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our University is recognised as a leader in the field of sport and exercise science. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in sport-related studies in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2014 in which Leeds Beckett came second in the country for sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.

Much of our outstanding and pioneering research feeds directly into our taught modules providing the opportunity for you to develop the professional skills and expertise in the area of sport and exercise science.

Modules

Research Methods (20 credits)
This module focuses on the design of research projects as a way of answering questions and solving 'real world' problems in a reliable and valid manner.

Research & Professional Practice (20 credits)
This modules aims to develop an understanding of how to apply research into a range of professional contexts associated with sport and exercise science.

Major Independent Study (60 credits)
You will complete a research project of your choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Ideally you will aim to produce research of a publishable quality.

You will also need to select another four sport and exercise science modules with a minimum of three modules from the following:
Essentials of Sport & Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
Develop a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the structure and function of the main human systems during exercise.

Sport & Exercise Nutrition (20 credits)
Gain a good theoretical understanding of the current sport nutrition necessary to become a good sport and exercise practitioner, studying the general principles, concepts and underpinning theory in nutrition necessary for the development of nutrition strategies.

Applied Sport & Exercise Biomechanics (20 credits)
Explore the major aspects of kinematics, kinetics and other biomechanical techniques such as electromyography, becoming familiar with the use of biomechanical equipment and developing the ability to study motion by applying biomechanical principles to collected data.

Contemporary Issues in Sport Psychology (20 credits)
Examine the broad range of cutting-edge issues and trends that appear within contemporary sport psychology literature, as you gain an in-depth understanding of human behaviour in the sporting environment.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Gain extensive skills and upgrade your professional expertise in the field of sport and exercise physiology. This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply for a range of professional development opportunities giving you the chance to work with sports teams and elite performers. Read more
Gain extensive skills and upgrade your professional expertise in the field of sport and exercise physiology.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply for a range of professional development opportunities giving you the chance to work with sports teams and elite performers. This will offer you the chance to gain experience in sport and exercise physiology working under supervision with our University's sports teams, sporting partners and elite performers, whilst you are studying for your masters degree.

You will study core modules in the different aspects of sport and exercise physiology, as well as research methods, research into practice and a major independent study related to your specific interests in sport and exercise physiology.

You will also be able to choose one option from a range of modules in sport and exercise science including biomechanics, nutrition and psychology.

Sport & Active Lifestyles
At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/sport).

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sportandphysiology_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Our course enables you to develop an advanced level of subject knowledge and research experience, as well as a comprehensive range of transferable scientific and vocational skills. As a consequence, your career choices may include leading sport science support programmes for teams and elite athletes, community sport, involvement in physical activity initiatives or interventions with the NHS and clinical populations, along with employment in national governing bodies and organisations. You will also be well equipped to pursue a higher degree through research.

- Exercise Physiologist
- Sports Development Officer
- Health and Wellbeing Physiologist
- Community Sports Coach

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

Our University is recognised as a leader in the field of sport and exercise science. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in sport-related studies in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2014 in which Leeds Beckett came second in the country for sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.

Much of our outstanding sport and exercise science research pervades our taught modules providing the opportunity for those of you working or intending to work in the field of sport and exercise science and its sub-disciplines (physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology) to upgrade your academic and professional skills, expertise and knowledge.

Core Modules

Research Methods (20 credits)
This module focuses on the design of research projects as a way of answering questions and solving 'real world' problems in a reliable and valid manner.

Research & Professional Practice (20 credits)
This modules aims to develop an understanding of how to apply research into a range of professional contexts associated with sport and exercise science.

Major Independent Study (60 credits)
You will complete a research project of your choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. Ideally you will aim to produce research of a publishable quality.

Option Modules

Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription (20 credits)
Examine the application of exercise testing and prescription primarily from a pathophysiological perspective in different clinical populations. You'll evaluate the contribution of exercise testing to diagnosis and prognosis for different chronic conditions.

Physiology & Biochemistry for Performance (20 credits)
Gain a critical understanding of the metabolic and endocrine responses to different types of exercise, their time course and scope for training and detraining adaptations.

Physiology of Sports Performance (20 credits)
Consider the acute physiological responses to exercise and chronic physiological adaptations to training, with a detailed evaluation of contemporary exercise testing and prescription methods.

Essentials of Sport & Exercise Physiology (20 credits)
Develop a comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the structure and function of the main human systems during exercise.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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This interdisciplinary course, delivered in association with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club), provides you with a unique opportunity to undertake cutting-edge, impact-focused and policy-relevant teaching and research related to health and wellbeing in sport, physical activity and related sectors. Read more
This interdisciplinary course, delivered in association with Everton in the Community (the official charity of Everton Football Club), provides you with a unique opportunity to undertake cutting-edge, impact-focused and policy-relevant teaching and research related to health and wellbeing in sport, physical activity and related sectors.

You will have the opportunity to work with academic experts, practitioners and other professionals to further your understanding of the complex links between sport, physical activity and mental health and develop expertise in the design and evaluation of programmes intended to promote mental health and wellbeing. You will also examine how mental health may be compromised, as well as enhanced, by participating and working in community and professional sport.

The programme is suitable for graduates as well as current practitioners, professionals and policy makers, who have an interest in sport, physical activity and mental health or health and wellbeing more broadly. The course will also be highly relevant for those working in community and professional sport, including coaches, current and former athletes, safeguarding and welfare officers, and support staff.

What will I study?

This programme enables you to study the prevalence and determinants of mental health and illness and their association with various forms of inequality. You will analyse how sport and physical activity are commonly used to address mental health and illness, become familiar with how sport and physical activity programmes are designed and evaluated, and explore how these programmes emerge out of local, national and international policy processes and priorities.

Optional modules provide you with the opportunity to study how mental health can be compromised and enhanced at community and/or professional levels of sport and physical activity, in addition to investigating how the mental health needs of different populations can be addressed.

Following an introduction to major research methodologies, methods and approaches, undertaking an independent research dissertation on a topic of your choice will enable you to develop an in-depth understanding of project and people management, how organisations address mental health and illness, and the ethical dilemmas involved in researching mental health in sport and physical activity contexts.

You will be encouraged to inform this project with any insight derived from relevant work experience in sport, physical activity and mental health settings. If you wish to undertake applied work experience to inform your studies, you will be supported to do so by engaging with key partners including Everton in the Community.

How will I study?

The course will be delivered in a variety of ways, including lectures, workshops, student-led seminars and discussions, tutorials, applied work experience, and practitioner-oriented mentoring.

You will typically be required to attend one afternoon/early evening session per week and engage in supported activity (e.g. tutorials) as appropriate.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework (including essays, policy briefings and reports, and programme evaluations), individual presentations and a research dissertation.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by academic staff who possess expertise in a variety of disciplines allied to sport, physical activity and mental health, including sociology, psychology, psychiatry, physiology, policy analysis, and performing arts.

Practitioners and professionals who work in sport, physical activity and mental health, in addition to other guest speakers involved in teaching and research, will also regularly contribute to the delivery of the programme.

What are my career prospects?

You will graduate well placed to pursue a variety of career paths, including working in community and professional sport as a mental health practitioner, programme manager/worker, policy maker, coach, administrator, safeguarding and welfare officer, or as part of a sports science support team.

Alternatively, you may wish to pursue a career in research, youth and social work, or in the sport, leisure and business management sectors. The course also provides ideal preparation to progress onto doctoral study in sport and physical activity.

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This MA programme is dedicated to the study of sport as a tool for international development. It considers the ways in which sport can be used to tackle a range of social welfare issues, and how development has come about through sport policy worldwide. Read more
This MA programme is dedicated to the study of sport as a tool for international development. It considers the ways in which sport can be used to tackle a range of social welfare issues, and how development has come about through sport policy worldwide.

A particular focus of the course is on the evolving role of sport in the field of international development and this is brought to life by practical work with INGOs. It considers the conceptual and ideological dimensions of this rapidly expanding sector, and looks to evaluate those action-based interventions that aim to address inequalities and ameliorate conflict in seriously divided societies.

The course is led by Dr Thomas Carter, who is a leading authority in this area with his work on labour migration, human trafficking, and governance in sport. Dr Carter heads a group of internationally renowned staff with a variety of research interests, including Professor John Sugden who is internationally renowned for his work in the field of sport for development and peace.

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, the school was awarded the highest score of any social-scientific sports submission and the university's Football for Peace programme was identified as a national exemplar of research impact in sport. Students have the opportunity to be part of these continued efforts and investigations.

Areas of study

You'll study sport and international development using a critical social science perspective, drawing on sociology, history, geography, politics, anthropology, philosophy and cultural studies in practical, real-world situations. The course is designed to maximise your opportunities to gain professional experience whilst studying.

Core modules:

Evidence Building in International Development
Sport and International Development: Critical Perspectives
Professional-Based Learning
Contemporary Issues in Sport and International Development
Sport and International Development and Peace
Final Project

You will be expected to be working with an NGO or other development organisation as part of your course work for the Evidence Building and Professional-Based Learning modules. This can include working with our partners or an NGO of your choice.

You may also incorporate practical experience in to your Final Project and your option module choice.

Options:

Globalisation, Society and Culture
Events: Theory and Practice
Anthropology, Tourism and Development
Consultancy

Features

Additional qualifications:

During your studies you are able to undertake Football for Peace (F4P) training which leads to a Tier 1 Trainers' qualification. The qualification will enable you to become a volunteer coach on F4P international programmes.

These trips are self-funded and you will therefore be expected to raise funds to cover travel costs.

It may be possible to also study for other qualifications during your course.

Networking opportunities:

During your studies there will be opportunities to attend professional events and conferences and you will be encouraged to take advantage of these for networking.

It may also be possible to incorporate a period of studying abroad.

Careers and employability

This degree serves to position graduates in the growing field of sport and international development. It provides the requisite knowledge and skills for employment with international NGOs and other deliverers of sport and development projects. It also allows you to progress to an MPhil or a PhD.

Previous students have secured work as university lecturers, press officers, policy officers and sport development officers in the UK and overseas.

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This intellectually demanding professional development MA is designed to support you in becoming a more reflective teacher or youth/ community/performance sports coach, using intensive, compressed teaching time combined with flexible off-site guided learning to fit around your work in a school or youth sport setting. Read more
This intellectually demanding professional development MA is designed to support you in becoming a more reflective teacher or youth/ community/performance sports coach, using intensive, compressed teaching time combined with flexible off-site guided learning to fit around your work in a school or youth sport setting.

It is research-led and research-informed, taught by world-leading academics, grounding the theoretical study of physical education and sport pedagogy in your practical workplace experience.

Intermediate qualifications available:

- Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
- Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/sport-pedagogy#about

Course detail

• Study in a supportive and innovative environment, on a course covering a unique combination of topics designed to integrate with current physical education policy
• Explore opportunities to contribute in an enterprising and creative way to the field and practice of physical education and sport pedagogy
• Develop a high level of understanding of physical education practice and policy providing you with a basis for life-long learning and successful career development in your chosen professional area of physical education and sport pedagogy
• Gain from studying with staff with impressive backgrounds with nationally and internationally recognised research interests, as well as access to state-of-the-art facilities
• Benefit from a course designed to prepare you to work in a range of sport or education contexts, including physical education teaching; sports coaching (elite, performance, development and/or community); physical education teacher education; sport development or educational research and/or continue to further research-based study on MSc by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

Modules

• Advanced Pedagogy
• Research Methods in Sport
• Occupational socialisation: critical perspectives on PETE
• Sport Pedagogy and Policy: theory in action
• Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy Dissertation

Assessment

The programme’s assessment strategy underscores the course team’s concern with the sorts of critical investigations which are increasingly required to understand physical education and sport pedagogy. It places a premium upon research competency and independent critical thinking.

The assessment reflects the pedagogical importance of communication skills and requires students to communicate effectively orally, in writing and using technology. Students will be expected to engage in self and peer feedback in formative and presentation assessments.

Assessment types include:

• essays, reports, projects, dissertation (approx. 85%)
• oral and poster presentations (approx. 15%)

Careers

The course is designed around compressed, intensive contact days at the University and flexible off-site guided learning. This design allows you to gain the necessary experience to apply the theoretical concepts you are examining during your studies in an applied and contextualised manner while also allowing you to gain appropriate experience.

The course is designed to prepare you for work in sport or education sectors. Within these sectors we apply knowledge to a variety of contexts including physical education teaching; sports coaching (elite, performance, development and/or community); physical education teacher education; sport development; educational research

This course will provide the advanced knowledge and research training required for direct access to higher degrees by research (MPhil/ PhD).

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Our MSc Sports Coaching Science programme is carefully aligned to employer needs and aims to provide the knowledge, skills and experience to successfully pursue a career in the area of Sports Coaching Science. Read more
Our MSc Sports Coaching Science programme is carefully aligned to employer needs and aims to provide the knowledge, skills and experience to successfully pursue a career in the area of Sports Coaching Science.

The processes and theories underpinning sports coaching science will be explored, together with key practical competencies, all delivered in conjunction with an intensive work placement offering invaluable industry relevant experience.

This course is highly vocational in nature and beneficial to those either wishing to seek future employment in Sports Coaching Science, or, those currently employed within a professional club or organisation.

The advent of this course is in response to the marked growth in career opportunities available to sports coaching scientists across a range of sporting clubs and organisations. This is exemplified by the large number of job vacancies advertised on websites such as SportsCoachUK, UK Sport, BASES, County Sports Partnerships and LinkedIn.

**Candidates must hold at least a Level Two Governing Body of Sport coaching award; having currently (within the last 3 years) attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop and hold current coaching insurance and a current DBS check.

Home tuition fees for 2017

1 Year full-time including dissertation £5670.00.

There is an Alumni Discount of 10% for students applying within five years of completion of an undergraduate course at Chichester.

Overseas Fees for 2017 are £12,360.00



Our facilities
Over the past few years, we have redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available as you study for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. All of our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and for your social/recreational use throughout the week and weekends.

The world-class Tudor Hale Centre for Sport is the focus of sporting activities, both academic and recreational, at the University. The Tudor Hale Centre for Sport incorporates a suite of state of the art sport science laboratories, a sports injury clinic, a strength and conditioning room and a fitness suite. In addition, there is a sports hall used for basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, volleyball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hockey and ultimate frisbee. Located beside the Tudor Hale Centre for Sport you will find our brand new Sports Dome, incorporating four indoor tennis courts, our all-weather astro turf pitch, and grass rugby pitch.

Facilities:

Brand new Sports Dome, with four tennis courts, three netball courts
Sports hall
110m synthetic athletics track
Modern fitness suite
Strength and conditioning room
Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
Grass football and rugby pitches
Outdoor netball and tennis court
Floodlit synthetic Astro Turf pitch
Two seminar rooms
Cricket nets
Sport Science Laboratories:

Four dedicated psychology labs
Two dedicated biomechanics labs
Five dedicated physiology labs
An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space
Where this can take you
Typical Careers include

Professional clubs - coaching in academies, centres of excellence, club/community coaches
Amateur clubs - tennis, squash and golf clubs etc.
Industry - hotels, holiday companies, sports development for Sports Governing Bodies, British and overseas
Coach education - Sports Coach UK (SCUK) and equivalent overseas bodies
Teaching
We provide performance support for elite athletes and competitive teams. We consistently perform well against the elite of university sport. A high number of our performance teams compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) programme at the elite level.

Several teams are supported with high-level coaching, training facility support and sports science analysis. Numerous local and national sports clubs’ links with our student sports teams provide additional high-level playing opportunities.

Indicative modules
All students are required to complete four modules in their chosen pathway plus two modules in research methods and statistics and either a research project or a supervised experience portfolio.

Modules currently available are:

Independent Study Module (elective)
Applied Techniques in Exercise Physiology (elective)
Applied Performance Analysis (elective)
Motor Control and Skill Acquisition
Applied Coaching Practice (Work Placement – double credit module)
Research Methods and Statistics I
Research Methods and Statistics II
The Research Dissertation

Teaching and Assessment
To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Coaching Science, students need to complete three modules. Each module is assessed by the equivalent of a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Coaching Science, students need to complete six modules. Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment.

To gain an MSc in Sports Coaching Science students need to complete six modules, and a dissertation of 12,000 words or a sport science support placement.

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The MSc in Sports Coaching and Performance has been designed for those working within sport and the coaching industry, or have studied at undergraduate level and gained coaching experience. Read more
The MSc in Sports Coaching and Performance has been designed for those working within sport and the coaching industry, or have studied at undergraduate level and gained coaching experience. This postgraduate degree will provide you with an advanced knowledge base that will give you the best possible opportunity for pursuing your career goals within sport and the coaching industry.

The flexible modular structured course offers an insight into how psychology, physiology, strength and conditioning, and movement analysis impact on performance. This MSc Sports Coaching and Performance degree will give you an interactive approach to performance coaching so you can apply theory to your practice. The integration of theory and practice will enhance and develop your ability to reflect on current coaching practice, plan appropriate training programmes and critically analyse existing approaches to performance coaching. You will also develop comprehensive knowledge of the key issues that support the high performance sports coaching environment.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1805-msc-sports-coaching-and-performance

What you will study

Core Modules:
- Research Project
This project aims to enable students to demonstrate the skills necessary to produce a scholarly, in-depth, empirical research study, resource, or report.

- Research Methods
This module will develop your ability to design and statistically analyse experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental quantitative studies. It will allow you to appreciate the strengths and limitations of the different quantitative and qualitative research designs used in coaching and sport, health and exercise science; and synthesize knowledge and competencies gained during taught modules to produce a scholarly, in-depth critical review and proposal for a research study.

- Effective Coaching
You will develop an advanced understanding of critical self-reflective skills through the use of video analysis, which includes identifying key coaching styles, behaviours and feedback techniques required in advanced coaching situations. In addition, you will develop an in depth understanding of the interdisciplinary approaches that contribute to the coaching process including your ability to recognise and develop current coaching practice and coaching philosophies.

- Professional Work Based Development
This modules provides an opportunity for students to observe and participate in work-based professional environments, including identifying a work problem for you to overcome, which will enhance your professional and vocational learning and inform your own everyday practice. As part of your studies you will critically reflect on your learning throughout the work placement. You will, together with the module team, identify an organisation or organisations that are relevant to your field of study and that will be able to provide 140 hours of work experience.

Option Modules (choose three):
- Developing Expertise in Sport
This module aims to enable you to develop a systematic knowledge and critical understanding of how coaches develop and maintain expertise in sport and the ability to critically appraise coaching practice in the context of current approaches to skill development

- High Performance Environment
This module focuses on developing a multi-disciplinary perspective of factors that act upon the elite athlete and how these contribute to the development of elite performance. You will analyse how the coach, psychologist, conditioning coach, medical staff and nutritionist assist and complement each other in producing a high performance environment. The management of the performance environment will be discussed and the many issues that underpin successful implementation of elite sport science support will also be analysed.

- Strength and Conditioning
At the end of this module you will have developed your knowledge and critical understanding of concepts and theories regarding strength and conditioning. You will also have developed the ability to implement effective strength and conditioning programmes into a range of performance environments. The above have been closely linked to the professional standards required for accreditation by both the NSCA and the UKSCA.

- Movement Analysis
This module aims to develop your awareness of the analysis of sports performance, with particular emphasis on technique analysis and notation analysis. The use of systematic observation techniques in the analysis of sports performance will also be considered.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, video analysis, seminars and workshops, some of which will be student-led. Lectures will be held predominately held on a Monday between 2pm-8pm and /or a Tuesday depending on your module choice. A draft timetable can be requested from the course leader Melanie Tuckwell

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The UK Vision for Coaching has clearly identified the need to develop Talent Coaches, Performance Coaches and High Performance Coaches. This course will provide opportunities for individuals to develop in these roles within their National Governing Body or sport.

Our MSc Sports Coaching and Performance degree is designed to reflect current developments and ensure that students have the required skills to access a range of employment opportunities within sports coaching and performance. Graduates will possess the key skills, knowledge and competencies that can be used in a wide range of careers, for example:

• Coach Education Personnel
• Sport Coaching Science Personnel
• Elite Sports Coach
• High Performance Coach
• Community Sports Coach
• Physical Education Teacher
• Strength and Conditioning Coach
• National Governing Body Officer
• Self-employed Coaching Consultant
• Researcher
• Performance Analyst
• Sport and Exercise scientist

Assessment methods

Assessment activities include writing essays, producing oral and poster presentations and studying case studies and examinations.

Facilities

As part of your studies you will use our USW Sport Park facilities and state-of-the-art sport science laboratories on our Glyntaff campus.

Work and Study Placements

The MSc Sports Coaching and Performance degree has a bespoke module, Professional Work Based Development, which all students will undertake. Our course team establish opportunities for students across a spectrum of coaching, allowing them to experience vital skills in the potential career they wish to progress.

Current work placements include: Cardiff City Football Club; Cardiff Blues Rugby Football Club; Football Association of Wales; Welsh Rugby Union; Swansea City Football Club; Welsh Netball; Newport Gwent Dragons; Sports Wales; Golf Union of Wales; Welsh Hockey and many local authority Sports Development units and National Governing Bodies of Sport.

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As increasing significance is attached to both achieving lifelong physical activity targets and improved progression of talented athletes through to elite status, the necessity for highly qualified coaches and coaching for children and talented performers has never been greater.

With an active passion for coaching, this course will allow you to focus on specific areas that interest you. You will be able to direct your learning towards your chosen coaching career goal from the very beginning, matching learning and assessment to the demands of your coaching. Through working with staff, participants and your peers, you will explore, bring structure and add depth to your existing knowledge and skills.

Making and defending your own professional judgements will enable you to plan, deliver and evaluate long term coaching programmes that consider the developmental needs of your participants.

Through the course you will compare, contrast and integrate theories and ideas from a range of disciplines such as talent development, sport psychology, physiology and expertise with your own ideas and practice.

At Leeds Beckett University, we use some of the most advanced teaching, work-based learning and assessment approaches, which are informed by our pioneering research within this field. Informed by expert coaches and developers, we will help you transfer the ideas and knowledge you learn on the course into practice.

Sport and active lifestyles

At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/sport).

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/sportcoaching_msc

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

You will graduate with an in-depth knowledge of coaching theory and practice, allowing you to work for a range of clients around the world. You could expect to excel in and apply for positions in community coaching, coaching in either private or publicly funded clubs and companies or governing bodies. With the opportunity to focus on research you will be well placed to progress into higher qualification or industry research roles.

- Community Sport Coach
- High Performance Sport Coach
- Talent Development Coach
- Coaching Co-ordinator

Careers advice: The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

As well as working with course staff with excellent research and industry experience there will be the opportunity to meet internationally renowned guest speakers, giving you a wider view on the industry, and the direction it is heading.

There will also be a range of volunteering opportunities open to you, both in the UK and internationally. With an established Research Centre for Sport Coaching & Physical Education, you'll be taught by top class coach experts who produce world renowned research on the topical issues of sports coaching.

Dr Gareth Morgan

Senior Lecturer

"Our programme has been developed to meet the professional needs of experienced and up-and-coming coaches who want to be better at their job. To meet this need, the programme draws upon coaching role-related assessment methods and is delivered by a team of staff with vast professional experience."

Gareth's experience as a coach and performance analyst is truly impressive; he has worked with the Rugby Football League and British Rowing as well as spending time at a series of professional football clubs, most recently the academy at Leeds United. Gareth has also consulted with the Football Association on the development of several coach education courses.

Facilities

- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Sports Facilities
"I've been coming here to train since 2004 and the facilities are great." - Jessica Ennis, Olympic Gold Medalist

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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Course Summary

If you wish to work with sports performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or applied sports scientist, this innovative course is for you.

Designed to meet the needs of students interested in the optimisation of performance in sport, it will provide the theory and foundation knowledge and skills you need to pursue professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES); the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA); and appropriate higher coaching awards (Level 3 or above).

Choose Sports Performance MSc at Bedfordshire and:

- Study on a unique course with a multidisciplinary approach to sports performance and gain access to world-leading staff expertise and research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) three quarters of our work across sports science, PE and tourism and leisure has internationally recognised impact. More than 95% of our research outputs are rated as internationally recognised or better (compared with a sector average of 93%).
- Explore a range of disciplines and their contribution to helping athletes increase performance, including: strength and conditioning; performance analysis; coaching in a performance setting; sport science support ; laboratory skills; talent identification
- Develop your research skills and capabilities including research design and ethics, statistics and laboratory skills, opening up additional career opportunities
- Gain from a course designed to prepare you to for employment in the rewarding and expanding fields of coaching, sport science support and strength and conditioning
- Benefit from gaining the necessary skills to pursue roles including Strength and Conditioning Specialist; as a Coach or in Coach Development; Applied Sports Scientist; Laboratory Specialised Technician (eg in universities, sports clubs or hospitals) and/or continue to further research-based study on Masters by research, MPhil or PhD programmes.

Want to know more about our courses and keep up to date with news? Have a look at our Sport Beds website - http://www.beds.ac.uk/sportbeds#Sport%20Beds%20Link

Why choose this course?

The MSc in Sports Performance is an innovative course designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in maximising sports performance. The course is designed to provide the necessary theoretical and practical skills for those who wish to work within the sport and exercise industry as a Strength and Conditioning Coach, applied sport scientist or a technical coach. It will allow you to be capable of training, test and coach performers to maximise their physical potential to help improve their sporting ability.

Career Management Skills

This Masters degree aims to provide an understanding of real life applications of theory. You will encounter a range of examples of the application of enhancing athletic performance relevant to a future career in the sport and exercise industry or in a profession where such knowledge and skills acquired during the degree would be useful. Throughout the course you will have lectures and workshops given by the Centre for Personal and Career Development.

An initial session on career options is offered by the team from the Centre for Personal and Career Development through your induction process. You will be expected to enhance your career-related and employability skills through interactive exercises, group activities and individual reflection throughout the course.

You will be encouraged to ask appropriate questions and increase the use of feedback that you receive. We also encourage critical thinking, coinciding with the transition to less tutor-led and greater peer- and self-feedback, and `management of tutor. Towards the end of your studies you will be encouraged to make use of the Careers drop-in Centre at the Polhill campus.

Professional competencies are embedded throughout this course. Experiential learning will be promoted through case study and practical assessments of your competency, while work experience and placement opportunities are available both extra to the course and as part of formal learning in a Work Experience unit. The UKSCA is recognised as the lead organisation within Strength & Conditioning in the UK, while BASES is recognised as the lead organisation for sports scientists; there competencies are embedded within this course and will allow you to gain an understanding of and practice the UKSCA accreditation process. This should allow you to accelerate your competency as a coach and look to gain professional accreditation, vital to gaining employment within this career pathway.

Career/Further study opportunities

Career opportunities in the Sports field have expanded greatly in recent years. The professionalizing of many sports through the lottery process and increased governing body investment has opened up opportunities in many sports in terms of careers in the coaching, sport science support and strength and conditioning areas. This process seems to be ongoing with an emphasis, particularly in female and Olympic sports, continuing to grow for the foreseeable future.

Career Possibilities:

- Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Personal Trainer
- Fitness Professional
- Lecturer in Further or Higher Education *
- Teacher *
- Coaching/Coach Development
- Applied Sports Scientist
- Laboratory Specialised Technician (e.g. university, sports clubs, hospitals)
- Police *, Armed Services * and Prison Service.

Further study

University of Bedfordshire Postgraduate degrees such as:

Research degree studies (MSc by Research, Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Philosophy)

The course can also lead on to some conversion postgraduate courses such as:

PGCE

MSc Physiotherapy

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This programme is a unique development in the field of sport coaching in how it seeks to develop high quality coaches in a research active environment.

The distinctiveness and knowledge that you will gain from this programme will place you in an ideal position to inform the future direction of sport at all levels and to impact upon participation and performance by challenging current practices.

By taking this programme you will develop the skills to critically evaluate new developments/theory and integrate this knowledge, where appropriate, into your own personal coaching practice.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to develop yourself as a lifelong learner, understanding the importance of learning and the theory behind coaching practice and also development of performance and expertise.

This programme is an innovative blended delivery using both high quality online resources complemented with face to face discussion time with academics and leaders in the programme fields. You will be encouraged to develop your use of theory in practice, and to reflect upon your own personal coaching philosophy and development in light of new knowledge.

About the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

We are one of the top-rated sport science departments in the UK. Our School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences is one of the longest established in Europe for scientific research into sport, exercise, health and rehabilitation.

We are proud to be at the forefront of the rapid development of this academic discipline. Our school has achieved an outstanding performance in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014) with 90 percent of its research classified as world leading or internationally excellent, putting us in the top three for research in the sector. These results provide further compelling evidence of the long recognised research strength of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Thanks to a £16.4 million investment, Birmingham boasts the largest custom built Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences facility in the UK.

This includes teaching and research laboratories for physiology, biochemistry, psychophysiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, motor skills, immunology, muscle mechanics and the neurophysiology of movement.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/visit

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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Delivered by experts with extensive experience in sports research, this programme prepares you for a career as a coach, strength and
conditioner, and for a career in sport science support.

About the programme

You will develop your conceptual and theoretical understanding in the field of sports coaching and learn practical skills in a range of scientific disciplines to enhance the coaching process. You will critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in sports coaching with an emphasis on students becoming effective and reflective practitioners. A significant proportion of the programme is vocationally focused and student driven.

Lectures normally account for 50% of class contact time with the remainder consisting of seminars, practical sessions, laboratory sessions, oral presentations, case studies and poster presentations. You will also have the opportunity to gain experience observing and participating in the service delivery of high performance sport with organisations including St. Mirren FC and The Scottish Institute of Sport.

Practical experience

Practical sessions are supervised and take place in our exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, and sports analysis laboratories. Classes involve observation, demonstration, participation, problem-solving and reporting while others are field-based,
providing necessary practical skills to successfully intervene in an athlete’s physical development. All programme units are explicitly devised to address the optimisation of performance.

Your learning

Modules include:
• Coaching Process
• Peak Performance
• Research Process in Sport
• Data Analysis in Exercise Science
• Applied Strength and Conditioning
• Instructional Issues for Coaches

MSc

Upon successful completion of the taught modules, students will undertake a project which leads to the MSc award.

Our Careers Adviser says

Graduates are equipped to collaborate with performers as a coach, strength and conditioner, or in sport science support. The MSc can prepare elite performers to study their own performance and to develop the necessary skills to help their future performance, or prepare them for work opportunities after retirement from sport.

Professional accreditation

The programme provides the necessary foundation knowledge and skills for professional accreditation with a number of bodies including the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) or appropriate higher coaching awards (Level 3 or above).

Note: To obtain the MSc, students will usually take 9 months to gain the Postgraduate Diploma and then normally an additional 3 months of study to gain the MSc, from the date of commencement of the project.

Industry expertise

UWS School of Science and Sport academics are experts in their field, many with international profiles in science, health and sport and experience with organisations such as the Olympic and Commonwealth bodies, the Scottish Football Association and the Welsh Rugby Union. We also work with a range of partners including Glasgow School of Sport, the Scottish Football Association and we have links with organisations such as Sport Scotland, BASES, UK Sport and many more.

First-class facilities

Our Institute for Clinical Exercise and Health Science provides the underpinning science for our sport programmes. Newly developed
facilities, spanning four floors of the Almada Building at Lanarkshire Campus, are equipped to carry out cutting-edge research and deliver state-of-the-art instruction.

Labs and learning areas include an exercise physiology laboratory, strength and conditioning laboratory, exercise biochemistry laboratory, blood analysis laboratory, EMG-ECGUltrasound laboratory, biomechanics laboratory, social psychology laboratory, a computer laboratory equipped with the latest in student research and learning software,
along with a traditional sports hall.

Students can have supervised access and experience with:
• health assessment
• ergometric fitness assessment
• protein analysis in blood and tissues
• RNA and DNA analysis
• electromyography, electrocardiography, and ultrasonography
• sports event management
• commercial fitness practice
• community fitness intervention
• sport performance analysis
• social and psychological analysis
• coaching practice

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This online course in sport coaching and performance is intended for practising coaches and coach developers to extend their knowledge and understanding of the coaching process. Read more

Programme description

This online course in sport coaching and performance is intended for practising coaches and coach developers to extend their knowledge and understanding of the coaching process.

Globally, coaching is in its most dynamic era in history. Today coaching effectiveness is measured on a host of factors that ultimately contribute to the overall development of athletes rather than a season or career win-loss record. Twenty-first century technology provides greater accessibility to information and visibility to a global community. In this environment, coaches have a responsibility to improve and expand their own capabilities to fully meet the needs of their athletes.

Coaching is critical to sporting development and success. Inspirational and motivational coaches energise others, enabling them to expand their horizons and realise their potential. Talented coaches stimulate interest, encourage commitment and enhance performance in sport. Coaches also need to be supported by informed organisations and individuals, for example, performance directors, strategic leads for sport and coach educators. Sport and physical activity have considerable benefits for current and future physical and psychological well-being. For levels of sporting participation to rise, more educated and skilled sport coaches are required and coaching systems need to ensure strategies are in place to support all those involved in coaching delivery, planning and management.

The professionalisation process can be seen as a key element in the 'up-skilling' of coaches and can be considered critical if the occupation of coaching is to play a part in the upkeep of health and increase the degree and longevity of participation in physical activity, as well as contributing to the success of elite athletes and teams. Recent research has highlighted the need for coaches to have the knowledge and skills to address development perspectives and sport systems to highlight distinct pathways for both athletes and coaches. The development of this masters programme links to local, national and international coach education programmes and performance frameworks to address the importance of promoting sport at all levels of ability and talent.

Building on the extensive history of Sport and Physical Education at Moray House School of Education this MSc will be delivered by staff actively researching sport coaching. This new MSc will enable coaches to develop and evaluate coaching qualifications, encourage coach education and training, interact across international boundaries, and establish ethical guidelines and standards of practice.

Online learning

Online learning is aimed at people who want to study for a postgraduate qualification alongside ongoing work or other commitments. You can study at times most convenient to you.

Programme structure

The degree can be taken full-time over 12 months or part-time over 72 months. Students can complete the full MSc (180 credits) or exit earlier with a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits).

There are a range of options for part-time students including single courses to contribute to CPD, and interested students should contact the programme directors directly to find out more.

Certificate-level courses

Students must complete all three of the following courses to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate.

Managing the Coaching Process
Diagnostic Analysis of Coaching Practice
Performance Development and Expertise

Diploma-level courses

To progress to Postgraduate Diploma, students are also required to complete the following.

Coach Development and Mentoring
Professional Issues
Research Methods

Masters-level courses

Sports Coaching Dissertation

Students are required to complete a dissertation to be awarded the MSc. In order to progress to the dissertation stage of their Masters programme, students must pass all taught courses for the Certificate and Diploma in line with the University’s postgraduate teaching regulations.

Career opportunities

Potential career paths, exit routes and employers are very diverse given the global nature of the course but include: national sporting organisations; coaching bodies; sport and fitness industry; postgraduate research; sport and coaching development; performance planning; performance management; coaching consultancy; teaching in further and higher education institutions.

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