Sports Coaching and Performance Science - Foundation Degree
Course Code: TH1HE171
UCAS Code: CC60
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Become part of a new generation of sports coaches and performance scientists that help both elite athletes and weekend warriors achieve their full potential. Our new foundation degree has been designed to address the shifting needs of the sports coaching sector and will provide the springboard for your career in this highly competitive industry. The FdSc in Sports Coaching and Performance Science is designed in partnership with our sports industry partners to meet the changing needs of today’s employers and gives you the essential knowledge, applied experience and advanced technological skills so that you are fully prepared for a career in sport
You will gain an introduction to themes such as exercise physiology, movement bio-mechanics, human anatomy, coaching pedagogy and social psychology. There is also the chance to develop your academic study, research and technology skills and even the opportunity to attend national conferences and research events. This course features innovative learning and assessment strategies so that you can experience real-world scenarios throughout your time on the course. An integrated, scientific approach to the subject will also give you the chance to become familiar with how coaching and performance analysis technologies work; it will also allow you to become involved with internal and external projects cutting across a range of interdisciplinary and practical areas.
With the benefit of substantial input from industry, the FdSc provides a strong foundation of knowledge in sports coaching and performance science along with the specialist vocational skills and industry networking you need to gain the career you want.
You will need a minimum of 64 UCAS points to include at least one of the following: Sports Coaching, Sports Studies/Science, Sport Technologies or a Science discipline at diploma level. Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis particularly those who are already actively involved in coaching sport.
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Anatomy and Physiology Fundamentals||TH4MD281||20||Mandatory|
|Professional Coaching in Context||TH4MD282||20||Mandatory|
|Analysis of Human Movement||TH4MD285||20||Mandatory|
|Introduction to Academic Study Lml||TH4MD298||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Work Based Research Project||TH5MD297||20||Mandatory|
|Inclusive Coaching Practice||TH5MD298||20||Mandatory|
|Strength and Conditioning||TH5MD299||20||Mandatory|
|Duty of Care in Sport and Athlete Welfare||TH5MD300||20||Mandatory|
|Social Psychology in Sport||TH5MD301||20||Mandatory|
|Training Ergonomics and Performance Testing||TH5MD302||20||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.
Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.
Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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