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MSc Sports Coaching

Course Description


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

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

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

Visit the MSc Sports Coaching page on the University of Stirling website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a minimum of three years’ experience lead coaching including responsibility for planning, implementing, analysing and revising annual coaching programmes and be able to demonstrate their responsibility for preparation, delivery and review of coaching sessions. Evidence of successful completion of sport-specific coaching qualifications is expected (e.g. UKCC Level 2 or equivalent). Successful applicants are expected to be actively engaged in coaching during their studies on the MSc Sports Coaching.

Course Fees

2015/16: Home/EU £4,500; Overseas £13,500

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