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MSc Performance Coaching

Course Description

The ability of coaches to identify talented individuals, develop them appropriately, manage their lifestyles, provide appropriate conditioning and sport science support is very demanding, and it is essential that those working in high performance sport are aware of the need to integrate these disciplines. This innovative course reflects current recommendations in the UK to produce professionals suitably qualified to work in performance coaching.

Our flexible modular structure offers an insight into how psychology, physiology, strength and conditioning, and movement analysis impact on elite performance. It will also give you an interactive approach to performance coaching, so you can apply theory to your practice. This 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 a comprehensive knowledge of the key issues that support the high performance sports coaching environment.

The University has invested heavily in facilities to support the delivery of elite performance, both in sports coaching and performance sport. These facilities are supported by excellent partnerships with Cardiff City Football Club Academy, Cardiff Blues Academy, Football Association of Wales, Sport Wales and other sports development units, which will provide excellent opportunities to integrate theory with practice. This will support opportunities for you to develop key vocational skills that are essential for a career in a high performance coaching environment.

Course content
Modules include:
• The High Performance Environment
• Effective Coaching
• Strength and Conditioning
• Developing Expertise in Sport
• Sport Psychology
• Movement Analysis
• Research Methods in Coaching
• Research Project

How you will study
Teaching methods include, lectures, video analysis, seminars, and workshops, some of which will be student-led. Assessment activities include essays, examinations, oral and poster presentations and case studies.

Career potential
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 (NGB) or sport. This course will also support the development of the academy manager, sports coach, NGB coach, performance director, strength and conditioning coach, sport and exercise scientist or fitness advisor.

Visit the MSc Performance Coaching page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Usually an Honours degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant subject, although experience can also be taken into account. Formal UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Coaching qualification (preferably Level 3), or those with suitable coaching experience. Alternatively, those working within a performance coaching environment. Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable. Those without such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior professional experience may be taken into account.

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