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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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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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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 main aim of the programme is to provide a basis for career development into - or through - the sports coaching profession. The course is designed to help you build on your existing experience to refine your coaching. Read more

The main aim of the programme is to provide a basis for career development into - or through - the sports coaching profession.

The course is designed to help you build on your existing experience to refine your coaching. You will develop a deeper appreciation of theory and research related to sports coaching and will consider how best to apply this in practice. You will study in a collaborative environment where you will learn from other coaches and from teaching staff with excellent professional experience in their respective fields. You will consider a range of contemporary issues and practices, using modern methods and approaches in areas such as developing expertise, reflective practice and mentoring, sport psychology and talent identification.

An emphasis is placed on the application of theory in a practical setting, and students are supported to develop reflective, analytical and critical thinking skills.

Modules

  • Coach development – explore the conceptual frameworks proposed for sports coaching and develop the ability to recognise the need for self-reflection
  • CPD – utilise a developed ability to reflect in order to engage with relevant professional development
  • Work-based project – engage in a project that addresses personal and professional goals and allows for an enhanced understanding of the relevant professional setting
  • Expert coach in a high performing setting – critically analyse cutting edge sports science and technology from an interdisciplinary approach, in order to find innovative and creative solutions to coaching problems
  • Independent project - conduct a sustained and independent investigation into a chosen area of study to deepen knowledge and understanding around a specific topic.

Study style

Assessments - including written assignments, research projects, presentations and reflective writing - are designed to allow students to relate theory to their own practice and the context in which they coach. Students will be encouraged to engage in research within their own context to promote higher levels of evidence-based practice.

Develop your professional network

Students on this course join the wider professional community, connecting with UK Coaching and UKCC level 4 coaches, sharing discussions, speakers and networking opportunities.

Taught by experienced, research-active coaches

Our teaching team have extensive experience and are actively engaged in research. This means ours students can underpin their practice and development with the latest innovations and emerging ideas.

Career development

This course provides a basis for career development into, or through, the sports coaching profession.

Careers

There is a range of employment markets for graduates, including professional sports clubs, commercial and social enterprises, community sports programmes, schools, disability sports clubs, county sports partnerships and national governing bodies (NGBs). Roles include academy coach, specialist technical coach, coach educator and coach manager. There is also potential for progression to a career in education or further research, eg PhD.



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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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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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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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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. 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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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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As governments look to promote the benefits of lifelong physical activity and sports bodies and clubs strive to ensure talented athletes fulfil their potential, the demand for highly qualified coaches has never been greater. Read more

As governments look to promote the benefits of lifelong physical activity and sports bodies and clubs strive to ensure talented athletes fulfil their potential, the demand for highly qualified coaches has never been greater. Informed by expert coaches, this course will increase your skills and expertise and enhance your career as a professional sports coach.

With a passion for coaching, you will focus on specific sports that interest you. Selecting from a range of option modules, you will be able to direct your learning towards your own practice and career goals.

Working with your course tutors and fellow student coaches on the course, you will draw on insights from contemporary practice and research to add depth to your existing knowledge and skills. Your refined expertise will improve your confidence, helping you to develop your professional judgement and decision making so you can plan, deliver and evaluate long-term coaching programmes that consider and prioritise the developmental needs of your participants. You will graduate with new insights about what coaching strategies work for you and your participants and why.

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.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

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

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.

PG Cert

Core modules

  • Understanding Expertise: Critical Self Analysis & Action Planning

Option modules

  • The Developing Child: Bio-Psychosocial Development
  • The Developing Talented Performer: Bio-Psychosocial Development
  • Coach Education: Personalised Learning
  • Coaching Practice
  • Coach Education: An Overview to Assessment, Learning & Teaching
  • Optimising Learning & Development
  • Understanding & Analysing Sport Performance
  • Understanding & Analysing Early Sport Psychomotor Development
  • Coaching Systems & Policy

PG Dip

Core modules

  • Understanding Expertise: Critical Self Analysis & Action Planning
  • Research Methods

Option modules

  • The Developing Child: Bio-Psychosocial Development
  • The Developing Talented Performer: Bio-Psychosocial Development
  • Coach Education: Personalised Learning
  • Coaching Practice
  • Coach Education: An Overview to Assessment, Learning & Teaching
  • Optimising Learning & Development
  • Understanding & Analysing Sport Performance
  • Understanding & Analysing Early Sport Psychomotor Development
  • Coaching Systems & Policy

MSc

Core modules

  • Understanding Expertise: Critical Self Analysis & Action Planning
  • Research Methods
  • Major Independent Study

Option modules

  • Applied Coaching Project
  • The Developing Talented Performer: Bio-Psychosocial Development
  • The Developing Child: Bio-Psychosocial Development
  • Coach Education: Personalised Learning
  • Coach Education: An Overview to Assessment, Learning & Teaching
  • Coaching Practice
  • Coaching Systems & Policy
  • Optimising Learning & Development
  • Understanding & Analysing Sport Performance
  • Understanding & Analysing Early Sport Psychomotor Development

Job Prospects

You will be able to apply for jobs within a range of public and private sector organisations around the world, including senior community coaching roles or coaching positions with sport clubs or governing bodies.

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


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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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This programme engages coaches in the process of applying theory to their practice and aims to develop reflective practitioners with the ability to effectively manage coaching problems. Read more

Course Overview

This programme engages coaches in the process of applying theory to their practice and aims to develop reflective practitioners with the ability to effectively manage coaching problems. It offers a unique opportunity for professional and career development, focusing on applied and experiential learning within a community of practice.

Due to the popularity of the postgraduate sport programmes, please ensure you submit your application as early as possible. Programmes will be closed over the summer when full capacity is reached.

*Please note. This programme will undergo periodic review in March 2016. As such, module and pathway information may change. Refer back to this course page for the most up-to-date information at that point.​​​

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/schoolofsport/courses/Pages/Sport-Coaching.aspx

​Course Content​​

The MSc Coaching Science is a pathway within the School of Sport's Postgraduate Scheme in Sports Studies (modular). Three exit points exist from the course; Certificate (successful completion of three core modules), Postgraduate Diploma (completion of four core and two option modules), MSc (completion of taught modules and dissertation).

Core modules:
- Developing Coaching Practice
- Research Methods for Sport Studies
- Sports Coaching: Theory and Practice
- Managing Coaching Problems
- Dissertation Project

Two Option Modules chosen from:​
- Working with Elite Performers
- Paediatric Exercise Science and Health
- Physiology of Sports Performance
- Theoretical and Experimental Sport Biomechanics
- Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice
- Independent study
- Organisational Strategy
- Sporting Bodies and Social Identity

The programme also involves a 12,000 word independent dissertation project.

Learning & Teaching​

All modules, with the exception of the independent research project (dissertation) module are 20 credit modules. Allocated teaching timetabled (contact time) delivery for such modules usually equals a minimum of 30 hours of time supplemented with up to 60 hours of directed study time and up to 60 hours of independent study time. Contact time is normally made up of lectures, seminars, and individual tutorials. Modules are usually taught through a combination of lecture type and interactive seminar where group discussions and tasks are frequently used. Student learning is supported through the use of our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) that provides learning resources over and above that found in the learning centre (library). All learners are supported with access to a personal tutor who is the Programme Director of the course. ​

Assessment

All module assessment is based on 5,000 word assignments or equivalent. Presentations are also assessed in some of the core and optional modules.

Employability & Careers​

Students from this course have developed careers in sport coaching, teaching, sport science support, further and higher education, and sports development. The programme also provides an excellent spring board for students wishing to progress to MPhil/PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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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. Read more

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 collaboratively 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 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.

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.

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

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

Employability

This course has been developed in conjunction with a number of leading sports organisations to meet their requirements of a practicing UKCC Level 4 master coach. The sport coaching industry is driven by the UK Coaching Framework and this course provides the ideal springboard to gain employment in this dynamic area.

Graduates from this course are current national and Olympic coaches or high performing coaches working in a variety of coaching contexts.

Possible progression or career routes include • high performance coach • national coach • national governing body (NGB) performance director • national governing body (NGB) director of coaching or coach education • coach mentor • academic teaching or research careers in the UK or internationally • further study for example professional doctorate or a PhD.



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