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MSc/PgDip Advanced Sport Coaching Practice

Course Description

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professional recognition

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

Course structure

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

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

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

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

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

Year Three modules - optional MSc
-Research methods for practice

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

Other admission requirements

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

Visit the MSc/PgDip Advanced Sport Coaching Practice page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

This course has been designed for coaches who have substantial experience in an advanced sport coaching professional context and can demonstrate a desire to further develop as a critically-reflective, autonomous practitioner. The course is selective and welcomes applications from coaches who are graduates with a 2.1 or above. If you don't have a degree, we will consider you if you can evidence a minimum of five years' experience of working in a performance coaching environment. A NGB approved level three coaching qualification or UKCC level three coach or international equivalent coaching qualification. See course description for further admission details.

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