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The. MSc Sports Coaching degree. is the new programme developed to support the strategic objectives outlined in the UK Coaching Framework. Read more

The MSc Sports Coaching degree is the new programme developed to support the strategic objectives outlined in the UK Coaching Framework. Sports Coach UK have provided the strategy for the UK to be considered the number one coaching system in the World by 2016. Our challenge is to support this and produce postgraduates with a high degree of knowledge and understanding so that they can challenge and innovate their own coaching practice. This will require knowledge of leadership, communication, pedagogy, allied sport sciences and relevant management principles. Students will be afforded the opportunity to work in an environment relevant to their developmental needs.

Our sports coaching programme is designed to provide students with the skills, experiences and networks that will establish our graduates at the forefront of coaching practice. The programme is rooted in applied practice by linking theory to practice and provides many opportunities for students to apply their skills in real world contexts across professional and amateur sport both in the UK and abroad.

TAUGHT MODULES:

Philosophy to Practice: This module examines the effects of our values and beliefs and how these translate into specific behaviours. Factors that influence self-awareness will be discussed in relation to personal philosophy and coaching behaviours. The module will also focus on leadership behaviour as well as communication and pedagogical tools for effective leadership. A key focus of this module will also be critical self-awareness theory and personal, professional development planning. Students will be allocated a mentor to support with this process.

Coaching Contemporary Practice focuses on the mechanics of session design right through to the consideration of global periodised training systems. This is placed within the context of skill development. Moreover, talent recruitment and development form a significant proportion of the module, as well as effective planning and Delivery. The module will also explore coaching pedagogical issues relating to engagement and inclusion of individuals within teaching and coaching environments.

Analysis of Coaching and Performance provides a focus on performance analysis. This is referring not only to the performer that you are working with, but also personal performance as a coach/leader/manager. Such factors as interpersonal skills will be deconstructed and evaluated in relation to effective practice. The main focus however will be to critically review the industry standard equipment used for analysis of performance. Issues of the link between analysis and intervention planning will be explored.

This information can then be placed into context while students develop their own area of research interest while being supported though the research methods module. This will culminate in a Masters dissertation.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The full-time MSc in Sports Coaching course is a twelve month programme comprising of three parts. The first two parts are the taught element (running in semester 1: September to January and Semester 2: January to April) and the final part is the research element (Master Dissertation running May till August). The taught element focuses on key aspects of sports coaching, where students are required to complete a reflective profile of evidence regarding personal and professional development. For full-time students, the taught element is normally completed over a twelve-month period starting at the end of September. Part-time students will normally attend on a half a day per week basis and complete the taught element in two years. Students who complete the taught element of the programme, in part or in its entirety, may graduate with either a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Sports Coaching.

Students wishing to complete the MSc in Sports Coaching must complete the research element. The research element culminates with a dissertation. Full-time students will normally complete this in the four months (May-August) that follow the taught element, whilst part-time students will complete at the end of their second year (May-August) or during a third year of study (as required).



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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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Course content. 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. Read more

Course content

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.

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 course offers current practitioners the opportunity to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding of Sports Coaching Science. Read more
The course offers current practitioners the opportunity to develop their conceptual and theoretical understanding of Sports Coaching Science. Practical skills in a range of scientific disciplines will be developed in order to enhance the coaching process.

An emphasis implicit within the course is on the interrelationship between the coach, performer and sport scientist.

The focus throughout the course requires students to critically reflect upon contemporary principles and practices in sports coaching. Upon completion of the course, students should have developed a critical reflective practitioner role, with an indepth understanding of sports coaching principles and processes.

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Summary. The main aim of the course is to produce graduates who are equipped with the key knowledge and skills to develop coaching within Northern Ireland to assist with lifelong participation in sport or physical activity, excellence and leadership. Read more

Summary

The main aim of the course is to produce graduates who are equipped with the key knowledge and skills to develop coaching within Northern Ireland to assist with lifelong participation in sport or physical activity, excellence and leadership. This will be achieved by accruing and disseminating a body of knowledge from key experts involved in coach development both directly and in partnership with governing bodies in sport, utilising innovative and appropriate communication to benefit all learners. This would be a cutting-edge programme that will support those involved in coaching and link with the needs of the industry.

About

The aim of this course is to facilitate the continuing development of sports coaching professionals and to enhance their knowledge and skills appropriate to the management and control of the diverse components within the field of sports coaching, commensurate with the requirements of the profession, their employers, associated professional bodies and community, commercial and industrial interests. The MSc is offered in both full- and part-time modes. Students will complete 180 credit points for the award of MSc, with the option to exit after completing 120 credits for the award of Postgraduate Diploma. Full-Time students will take 60 credits in each of the three semesters, while the part-time students will take 30 credits in each semester of years one and two and 60 credits in year three. There are six taught modules on the course, all of which are compulsory. Three of the programme modules are 30 credits points whilst the Research Project Preparation and Professional Development are 15 credit point modules and the dissertation is 60 credits (the dissertation is not necessary for those who choose to exit with the PgDip). Students wishing to graduate with a PGCert will study 60 credits which is offered in semester 1 of the programme. All modules are compulsory, with students being offered the opportunity to choose what aspect of coaching and specific sport they will write about for their assessments. The Dissertation module also provides students with a choice of topic.

Attendance

This programme will be delivered in FT and PT mode. The means of delivering will be in blocks throughout each semester of study.

Work placement / study abroad

There are a range of approaches that will be utilised in this programme with regards to work based learning from minimal workplace guidance in some modules to full mentoring support in the Advanced Coaching Process module which entails the academic mentor viewing the student in their coaching environment. The value of this model of work-based learning is that it enables students to receive observational assessment in the workplace. All assessments will be reflective in nature which will ensure the engagement of work based practice.

Career options

The climate for developing sport and coaching in Northern Ireland and the UK has never been more positive. With major international events being hosted here, coach education and development have become a major focus for policy and funding decisions by Governmental Departments. The establishment of the UKCC across four levels and different coaching contexts being developed, this has provided an opportunity to modernise existing coach qualification and learning programmes.

Graduates who successful achieve sports coaching degrees fulfil roles in a wide range of sport and non-sport related organisations.

For example:

Sport Governing Bodies

  • Programme Manager
  • Coaching Manager
  • Strength and Conditioning coach

Local Authorities

  • Sports Development Officer
  • Active Schools Coordinator

Education

  • Physical education teacher
  • High school coach
  • University lecturer
  • University coach development officer
  • Director of Sport
  • Researcher

Other

  • Self-employed business
  • Full-or part-time coach

The expectation of what makes an expert coach is growing and there is a need therefore for coaches of elite athletes or teams (at all levels) to become more highly qualified which will be achieved by continuing in education at postgraduate level.



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Investigate the challenges and opportunities that the contemporary sports coach faces in working with their athletes to help produce optimum performance and outcomes. Read more
Investigate the challenges and opportunities that the contemporary sports coach faces in working with their athletes to help produce optimum performance and outcomes.

This is a course where you will benefit from exploring a curriculum that is focused on effective coaching practice at both a strategic and operational level. This includes detailed coverage of reflective practice, skilled performance under pressure and the study of effective group dynamics and leadership. A recurring approach used within this course is the application of theoretical learning to real-life coaching situations.

As the first course of its kind in the UK to be delivered fully online, you will benefit from Staffordshire University’s well-established distance learning platform. This will give you a highly effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills to further enhance your coaching capabilities, whilst studying at a time and place that suits you.

The modules studied are broken down into identifiable units to support your learning, keep you engaged and provide interaction between yourself and fellow students and tutors.

Modules

-Effective Coaching 1: Strategy and Practice
-Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
-Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport & Exercise
-Effective Coaching 2: Reflective Practice
-Skilled Performance Under Pressure
-Masters Research Project

Other admission requirements

Candidates with appropriate degrees (or equivalent) in other subjects will also be considered if they have significant relevant employment experience in sports coaching or a demonstrable interest in (or commitment to) areas related to sports coaching as evidenced by possession of (or working towards) a UK level 3 coaching qualification or equivalent. You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. A minimum score of IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in all bands) or an equivalent qualification.

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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. Read more
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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The Sports Coaching course is for coaches who wish to extend their capacity by engaging in learning experiences which promote analysis and critical reflection of their coaching practice. Read more

Introduction

The Sports Coaching course is for coaches who wish to extend their capacity by engaging in learning experiences which promote analysis and critical reflection of their coaching practice. It will develop skills of analysis, critical reflection, problem-solving and managing the coaching process. Your work will be grounded in coaching practice and research, considering case studies and learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners. You will be expected to be actively involved in coaching during the course.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Justine Allen

Course objectives

In addition to the sports-specific coaching skills, you will be developing in your practice, we develop coaches who:
- can analyse and reflect on their coaching practice.
- evaluate and adjust their coaching process.
- amend their coaching practice to take account of each individual.
- understand the socio-ethical context of their coaching practice.
- develop the capacity to make decisions under pressure.
- have clear personal development goals.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View the range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Delivery and assessment

A flexible approach to learning and assessment will characterise this degree. Knowledge and understanding are acquired and enhanced through lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, staff/student tutorials, guided independent study, professional practice experiences and through the University’s virtual learning environment – Succeed. Accessibility of the curriculum is in line with institutional policies and it is anticipated coaches with disabilities, as well as coaches of athletes with disabilities, will form part of the cohort on a regular basis.
Students receive a School handbook describing the course outline, module details, procedures and assessment criteria. In addition, module outlines include details of timetable, content, and assessments. The assessment procedures are in line with institutional policies and will be conducted in such a way as to adhere to adult learning principles. This means that content and learning demonstrate relevance, problem solving, learning by doing and a strong element of self-direction and ownership. Assessment involves a mixture of coursework, presentations and written examinations, and will vary according to the context of each module.

Why Stirling?

- REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

- Rating
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), Sports Studies was ranked 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK with 85 percent of publications classed as ‘International Level’ and 15 percent as ‘World-leading’.

- Strengths
A particular strength of this course is the focus on real practice enabled by the knowledge and coaching experience of module tutors. Amongst the course tutors are those who have considerable coaching experience, links with National Governing Bodies of Sport and have provided consultancy support to a wide range of sport organisations. This offers students a unique insight into real life practice and opportunities to access a network of industry contacts.
As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we are closely aligned with many sports organisations and have formal links with a growing number of organisations with regard to facilitating student research projects, work experience and guest lectures.

- Academic strengths
This course is delivered by a team of highly qualified academics with coaching experience and research interests that complement and support teaching activities.

Career opportunities

The climate for developing sport and coaching in Scotland and the UK has never been more positive. With major international events like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games being hosted here over the next decade, coach education and development have become a major focus for policy and funding decisions by the UK Government. The establishment of the UKCC across four levels and different coaching contexts has provided an opportunity to modernise existing coach qualification and learning programmes.

Graduates fulfil roles in a wide range of sport and non-sport related organisations. For example:

Sport Governing Bodies
- Programme Manager
- Coaching Manager
- Swimming coach
- Strength and Conditioning coach

Local Authorities
- Sports Development Officer
- Active Schools Co-ordinator

Education
- Physical education teacher
- High school coach
- University lecturer
- University coach development officer
- Director of Sport
- Researcher

Other
- Self-employed business
- Full- or part-time coach

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Coaching is key to driving participation in sport and achieving success. On this course you will build upon your own coaching experience to develop and refine your practice within an inspiring collaborative learning environment. Read more
Coaching is key to driving participation in sport and achieving success. On this course you will build upon your own coaching experience to develop and refine your practice within an inspiring collaborative learning environment. As a student you will engage with a range of contemporary issues and cutting-edge practices in such areas as mentoring, talent identification and sports psychology.

Study takes place in workshops, where students are encouraged to share coaching ideas, solutions and experiences. You will be supported by motivated teaching staff who are actively involved in coaching and hold senior professional positions in specialist areas of sport. The chance to hear from prestigious guest speakers and engage with professionals from national sporting bodies will enhance your own coaching style, as will the opportunity to attend professional conferences and events. With a reputation for success in sport and strong relationships with national governing bodies, the university is an exceptional environment for furthering your practice in preparation for a successful career in coaching.

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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. Read more

Programme description

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 programme 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.

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.

Students must complete three compulsory courses to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate and then complete a further three compulsory courses to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma stage. Students are then required to complete a dissertation to be awarded the MSc.

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, and teaching in further and higher education institutions.

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This 180 credit course will provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become reflective high performing participation or performance coaches. Read more
This 180 credit course will provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become reflective high performing participation or performance coaches. You will have the opportunity to learn about different coaching philosophies, styles and skills, as well as the current issues pertinent to coaching. You will also learn to reflect upon your studies and future career as a moral and ethical practitioner.

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The MRes Sport & Exercise course aims to develop you as a researcher and reflective, evidence-based practitioner within your specialist area of sport, exercise or coaching. Read more

The MRes Sport & Exercise course aims to develop you as a researcher and reflective, evidence-based practitioner within your specialist area of sport, exercise or coaching. There is an emphasis on student-led research and modules focused on the application of research within both laboratory and applied settings.

You will develop advanced research skills including laboratory and applied techniques, problem-solving, reflective practice and the ability to critically analyse, interpret and apply evidence. You will be supported by a supervisor throughout your studies to develop your research skills and their application, and in identifying how your professional profile can be best applied within a changing vocational market.

The MRes is available in:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

with supervision in the above subject areas being matched to available staff expertise.

Why Wolverhampton?

To share in the success of some of our previous graduates see the 'What our students think' section.

Sports student scores a winning work placement with super league club - MRes student starts internship with Indian Super League team the Delhi Dynamos

This course is designed for graduates or those with relevant professional experience who wish to enhance their understanding and application of specialist knowledge and advanced research skills within professional and academic settings in sport, exercise, health or coaching. Particular emphasis is given to developing advanced research skills that are applied to your chosen area of study and practice.

Each year we offer a range of bursaries for which successful MRes Sport & Exercise applicants can apply. These assist with the payment of fees (partially or fully depending on the bursary). In addition they provide the recipient with the guaranteed opportunity for relevant work experience in a professional environment. Providers of such bursaries include: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Walsall FC and The Health Futures University Technical College.

The Institute of Sport and Human Science has an excellent reputation for teaching quality, supervision and research. You will have the opportunity to work with staff accredited by the British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences, the British Psychological Society, and the Higher Education Academy, whilst completing a course that will enhance your career prospects and prepare you for future study at Doctoral level.

The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit http://www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures

Career path

You will be well prepared to pursue or build on an existing career in a range of applied sport, health and exercise, and physical activity settings. This includes preparing you for higher or further education teaching and research, and for further study at doctoral level. By completing the course, you will enhance your employability and promotion prospects within your chosen profession.

If you are an existing practitioner within the field of sport & exercise there will be the opportunity for you to significantly improve your Continuing Professional Development portfolio. This will be achieved through applied and / or laboratory based research, and work placement opportunities that form part of the applied professional practice module.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course, graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • an in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of current research and contemporary issues, within your specialist area of sport and exercise science, sports coaching or physical activity.
  • comprehensive research skills and the ability to carry out specialised assessment methods relevant to your specialist area of sport and exercise science, sports coaching or physical activity.
  • the ability to critically assess and evaluate the most appropriate research designs and methodologies appropriate to your specialist area of sport and exercise science, sports coaching or physical activity.
  • the ability to independently apply a systematic and critical approach to research, problem-solving, and decision-making within a range of contexts.
  • the ability to apply reflective practice, research and a range of research methods and techniques to advance your knowledge and understanding in applied practice.
  • competences applicable for continued independent learning and professional development.


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This programme is a unique development in the field of golf coaching in seeks to develop you into a high quality coach through learning in a research led environment. Read more

This programme is a unique development in the field of golf coaching in seeks to develop you into a high quality coach through learning in a research led environment.

Taking the programme will develop your skills and understanding of new developments and theory in coaching and its allied areas and to integrate this knowledge into your own personal practice.

Course details

This programme is a unique development in the field of golf coaching in seeks to develop you into a high quality coach through learning in a research led environment. Taking the programme will develop your skills and understanding of new developments and theory in coaching and its allied areas and to integrate this knowledge into your own personal practice. 

Breakdown of course

The programme consists of 3 taught modules that are taken part-time over one year. The modules are briefly outlined below.

For the academic year 2017-18 as follows:

Welcome

Monday 18 September

Research Methods and Skills in Sport Coaching 

The module will examine different research traditions and provide students with an opportunity to critique existing empirical material. Students will explore key theoretical issues such as interview techniques; designing of quantitative questionnaires; data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative) and the development and completion of ethics forms. Students will also examine the process of data collection; management; interpretation; analysis and presentation through the use of case studies.

  • Monday 18 September
  • Tuesday 19 September
  • Tuesday 12 December - examination

Advanced Coaching Theory 

In this module students will examine the principles of the reflective practice in coaching and how reflection can take on different forms. Students will be required to reflect upon their own coaching practice and this process will be used to critique the role of pedagogy in coaching practice. The module will introduce students to the holistic nature of coaching. Students will also explore the notion of expertise in coaching and how expertise in developed in both coaching and other domains.

  • Monday 26 March 2018
  • Tuesday 27 March 2018 

Integrated Coaching 

This module introduces students to the concept of player and participant development from a multi-disciplinary standpoint (a bio-psycho-social approach). It analyses and evaluates the role of sports science within coaching and will critique existing models of player development. Students will be expected to critique the current theory and consider their own personal practice in this regard. 

Students will engage with the multi-disciplinary nature of coaching and performance and will use player to data to produce an applied development strategy using case studies designed to develop an understanding of the difficulties involved in player development.

  • Tuesday 12 December
  • Wednesday 13 December

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Learning and Teaching

On this distance learning programme you will learn through 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.

Information for PGA Professionals

The PGA, on behalf of the sport of golf, leads on the development of coach education and training. A full review of the existing coach education structure, following guidance from the quality standards of the UK Coaching Certificate, has lead to the establishment of a new, coach-centred education system that meets the needs of coaches and, ultimately, players. 

This exciting and innovative pathway begins with the Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications; progresses through the Foundation Degree in Professional Golf or the Applied Golf Management Studies Degree towards the PGA Level 3 qualification (incorporating the Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching); leading through the Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching to the Level 4 qualification; with the potential to culminate in a full Masters Degree in coaching following completion of a relevant thesis.

New Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Golf - pathway and content details

The Advanced Certificate in Golf Coaching provides the under-pinning knowledge for the new Level 3 qualification, available from September 2011. For full details of the new Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Golf, the pathway towards this qualification, how existing PGA Members can access the qualifications and information on how, and where, the new qualification will be delivered, see the PGA Member Education website, http://www.pganationaltrainingacademy.org.uk

Employability

Career opportunities

The distinctiveness and knowledge of the coaches graduating from the qualification will place them in the position to be a high performing coach in performance and participatory settings.  



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The. Postgraduate Elite Coaching Practice programme. is an exciting collaboration between UCLan and Pentagon Sport (the Rugby Football League, English Hockey Board, English Table Tennis Association, English Basketball Association). Read more

The Postgraduate Elite Coaching Practice programme is an exciting collaboration between UCLan and Pentagon Sport (the Rugby Football League, English Hockey Board, English Table Tennis Association, English Basketball Association). This successful partnership has seen this postgraduate diploma course recognised as the first endorsed level 4 UK Coaching Certificate. If you hold responsibility or interest in developing and improving your team’s performance, as either a coach or manager, the Elite Coaching Practice course is for you. There are two possible pathways that you can choose. The first is elite performance, and focuses on the development of the very best performers and maximising their potential in competition. The second pathway, talent development is focused on maximising the development of athlete throughout the talent pathway, from children to elite athletes.

PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE

The modules that feature on the programme have been carefully devised using several industry partners to develop cognitive skills in a number of areas relevant to Sports Coaching and ensure a blend of theoretical and practical issues designed to increase awareness of, and enhance and improve application to population specific environments. Furthermore, the curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of the UK Coaching Framework and aligns closely with the skills and knowledge required for UKCC level 4.

Modules include:

  • The Sporting Environment
  • Issues in Performer Development
  • Coaching Practice
  • Planning for Development
  • Planning for Competition
  • Coaching Analysis
  • Work based learning

FURTHER INFORMATION

The PGDip Elite Coaching Practice is a dynamic course that aims to develop your critical understanding of the theories and practice of Sports Coaching. The UK Coaching Framework is well underway and the predominant aim of this strategy is to become the number one coaching system in the World by 2016. One feature of the implementation plan is the development of the UK Coaching Certificate. In order to achieve the high standards expected of such a system, it will require highly skilled and knowledgeable individuals to develop it over the next 5-6 years. Consequently the main emphasis of this programme is placed on developing a range of intellectual, professional, managerial and transferable attributes that are essential for the modern sports coach.

The underpinning philosophy of the PGDip Elite Coaching Practice is to create an education which is intellectually and academically challenging but is also clearly focused on the vocational needs of the sports coaching industry, generating practitioners who can challenge and develop existing systems and processes. It aims to challenge current practice and provide a platform to experiment and innovate. The PGDip Elite Coaching Practice programme has been designed to provide a high quality educational experience for existing UKCC level 3 coaches within the sports sector. Emphasis throughout the programme is therefore placed on developing your critical reflective and analytical skills from both a theoretical and applied perspective.

This course has been designed to thoroughly prepare you for a diverse range of career opportunities, from leading international expeditions, coaching and performance enhancement to sports management, public services and a wide range of roles within the outdoor leadership industry. Students and graduates have gone on to work in New Zealand, the Himalayas, USA and India, while others have opted to continue their studies at postgraduate and master’s level.

You will have a wealth of opportunities to work both at home and overseas during your time at UCLan. Each autumn, major employers such as PGL, Acorn, Camp America and CCUSA recruit directly from the cohort offering students the opportunity to have summer experience guaranteed by late February. CCUSA offer students the chance to sign up for skill specific placements with incremental responsibilities and the opportunity to apply for internships upon graduation.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

Pentagon Sports is made up on 4 national Governing Bodies (formerly five) Rugby League, Table Tennis, Hockey and Basketball. In enrolling on the PGDip there is an option for you to works towards your UKCC level 4. For further information regarding this award please contact Arvinder.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Please note that all modules will be assessed. You are expected to attempt all required assessments for each module for which you are registered, and to do so at the times scheduled unless authorised extensions, special arrangements for disability, or extenuating circumstances allow you to defer your assessment. The timing of submission for the assessments undertaken as part of this award will be agreed through mutual negotiation between you and your director of studies. Once this has been agreed, you are urged to manage your time effectively so that you are able to meet the deadlines.



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

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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