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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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Is this award for you? If you wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification in Sports Coaching, but due to work, family of geographical reasons are unable to access traditionally delivered awards, our part time, online approach to study may be just what you are looking for. Read more
Is this award for you? If you wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification in Sports Coaching, but due to work, family of geographical reasons are unable to access traditionally delivered awards, our part time, online approach to study may be just what you are looking for.

Course content

Through comprehensive core modules, we enable students to develop further academic and applied transferable skills in the field of Sports Coaching.

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

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.

Successful applicants are expected to be actively engaged in coaching during their period of study.

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 is required for this award.

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Is this award for you? If you wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification in Sports Coaching, but due to work, family of geographical reasons are unable to access traditionally delivered awards, our part time, online approach to study may be just what you are looking for. Read more
Is this award for you? If you wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification in Sports Coaching, but due to work, family of geographical reasons are unable to access traditionally delivered awards, our part time, online approach to study may be just what you are looking for.

Course content

Through comprehensive core modules, we enable students to develop further academic and applied transferable skills in the field of Sports Coaching.
Modules Studied include:
-Effective Coaching 1: Strategy & Practice
-Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis
-Group Dynamics and Leadership in Sport & Exercise
-Effective Coaching 2: Reflective Practice
-Skilled Performance Under Pressure
-Dissertation

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.

Successful applicants are expected to be actively engaged in coaching during their period of study.

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 is required for this award.

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

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

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

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

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

Home tuition fees for 2017

1 Year full-time including dissertation £5670.00.

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

Overseas Fees for 2017 are £12,360.00



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

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

Facilities:

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

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

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

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

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

Modules currently available are:

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Our MSc Sports Performance analysis programme is designed for graduates seeking to develop specialist knowledge in Sports Performance Analysis. Read more
Our MSc Sports Performance analysis programme is designed for graduates seeking to develop specialist knowledge in Sports Performance Analysis. Within the past decade there has been a marked growth in the career opportunities available for sports performance analysts (e.g. professional sporting teams, nationally and internationally, World Class Support programmes, and teaching in Further and Higher Education). Coupled with this growth there has also been an increased need for appropriately qualified and accredited individuals to fill such positions.

The MSc in Sport Performance Analysis will help towards accreditation from International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS). The course is aligned to some of the key benchmarks for accreditation, and fulfils the initial requirements if the graduate would like to apply for accreditation.

Home tuition fees 2017

1 year full-time including dissertation £5670.00.

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

Overseas fees 2017

1 year full-time £12,360.00

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

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

Facilities:

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

Four dedicated psychology labs
Two dedicated biomechanics labs
Five dedicated physiology labs
An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space
Where this can take you
We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

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. Some of our graduates have gone on to secure jobs with England Netball, Southampton FC, AFC Bournemouth, Brighton FC, Bristol City FC, London Scottish RFC, Surrey County Cricket Club, amongst others.

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.

Work placements
The course includes an extensive work placement module involving work related learning and the development of skills specific to the world of commercial sports performance analysis. You will be involved within an elite, semi-professional or professional sports setting through organisations connected with the University, or even one of your choice providing an agreement is arranged. Through the departments' consultancy work, there is opportunity to work with a variety of clubs from various sports. This placement has ranged from a variety of sports over the years including football, rugby, cricket, basketball and netball.

Previous students have worked with the following clubs and franchises:

AFC Bournemouth
Surrey Cricket
Surrey United Basketball
Southampton FC
Brighton and Hove
Harlequins
London Scottish
and many more...
The work placement module provides a platform for students to get involved in performance analysis in a real world situation, working closely with coaches, players, strength and conditioning coaches, physios and management support team. Students are expected to utilise this opportunity to practise skills learned in the university and use innovative ideas to provide the teams with advanced analysis services.

Indicative modules
All students are required to complete modules in their chosen pathway (one as an elective) plus the two modules in research methods and statistics and a research dissertation.

Modules currently available are:

​Advances in Performance Analysis of Sport
Applied Performance Analysis
Work Placement
Research Methods & Statistics I
Research Methods & Statistics II
Research Dissertation
In addition, all students have the option of an elective module from:

Applied Techniques in Biomechanics
Motor Learning & Control
Independent Study

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

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

To gain an MSc in Sports Performance Analysis, students need to complete six modules, and either a 12,000 word thesis or a 6,000 word journal article and an oral presentation.

We use a broad range of assessments, which are also novel and vocational to help enhance key employability skills i.e. job application, job interview, CPD portfolio, scout reports, and oral presentations, as well as scientific reports and independent research projects.

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