FdSc Sport Coaching, Science & Performance (Awarded by Newman University)

The programme has been designed to prepare students for 21st century employment, enabling contemporary issues to be incorporated into learning and reflecting the complex environment that we live in. In addition, students will have the opportunity to develop skills such as those of analysis, evaluation, critical argument alongside problem solving and communication skills. On completion of this course, students are encouraged to apply for graduate training programmes or further study at degree level. In terms of occupations, students with a Foundation degree can enter a wide range of sport exercise and coaching industries aiming to work with a range of athletes from grass roots to professional / graduate training programmes.
Duration:1 Year(s)
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About the course

The sporting world is always changing therefore students are expected to understand the local, regional and global context of sport, exercise, physical activity and coaching. You'll gain in-depth knowledge of the profession, ranging from promoting entry-level sport to coaching elite performers. We cover the principles and practices for training, performance analysis, how to use sport as a catalyst for change within communities, and how to manage projects aimed at increasing physical activity and sport participation. The course includes practical experience in real-world settings, from group coaching to individual performance development, ensuring you graduate as a confident and independent professional. We encourage work experience, as it is essential for students to be successful and create future employability opportunities. Students wanting to work in the sports science and coaching industry are expected to engage with employers to obtain the relevant experience required to compete in the sporting environment. This is due to the competitive nature of the sporting world and students will require more than just qualifications.

Level 4: Sports Coaching Science and Performance and Sports and Exercise Science
• Introduction to Research & Academic Skills (2 Credits)
• Principles of Inclusive Sports & Coaching (20 Credits)
• Foundations of Human Movement (20 Credits)
• Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity (20 Credits)
• Physiology of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity (20 Credits)
• Physical Activity, Health & Lifestyle (20 Credits)
• Introduction to Research & Academic Skills This module is introduces basic general concepts that underlie hypothesis testing, writing a research paper and research methods that includes both descriptive and inferential statistics. It is a shared platform for providing a broad range of research skills. It is also intended to improve comprehension and analysis of statistics as presented in academic publications. Given the diverse range of quantitative and qualitative methods, this module will focus on understanding the fundamentals of academic papers without recourse to formal statistical theory.
• Exercise Training & Prescription This module will explore the use of specific planned activities that are established to improve a client’s health or fitness levels. Furthermore, the development of individual health-or fitness-related plans are designed by fitness practitioners to promote health and fitness increments and prevent injury. This module aims provide students with an insight into fitness and rehabilitation, by examining theoretical and practical aspects, that students are required understand in order to progress into the fitness and injury rehabilitation industry. Students will explore the different types of clients that require exercise prescription and provide a suitable training programme. During this module students will demonstrate a clear understanding of health screening, including the ability to implement practical tests during a lifestyle consultation. Foundations of Human Movement This module explores the r

What do I need?

The entry requirements for these programmes are: Applicants will need to be aged 18 years or over on or before 31 August of the academic year the course commences. Applicants must have a minimum of 56 UCAS points, which may be gained from the following Level 3 qualifications:
• Two A Level passes
• One A Level pass and AS Level passes in appropriate subjects
• BTEC National Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma
• A Level 3 Diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Certificate of Education
• A recognised (Kitemarked) Access course
• Other relevant UK or international qualifications GCSE English grade 4 or above and Maths at grade 3 or above, or an equivalent Level 2 Functional Skills qualification at level 2 in English and Maths are essential International applicants will be asked to demonstrate equivalents of the above qualification levels and an IELTs score of 5.5 or above. For non-sport qualifications, professional qualifications and for those learners with significant work experience, applications for Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning and/or Prior Experiential learning are welcomed in accordance with the Newman University Transfers, Top-ups and Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning and/or Prior Experiential learning (RPcL & RPeL) Policy (including Student Exchange processes for credits). Acceptance of applications for Recognition of Prior Certificated Learning and/or Prior Experiential learning will depend on individual students completing the application form and presenting evidence of their learning for analysis. Newman University Admissions team will provide a copy of the policy and claim form.

Where can I progress next?

Integrated Sports coaching science and performance pathway potential job roles include: sports coaches, sports coaching scientists, strength and conditioning coaches, biomechanists, performance analysts, primary and secondary school PE teacher, community coaches, community sports leaders. The course will also allow progression for students to complete their final 3rd year of their degree program.

FdSc Sport Coaching, Science & Performance (Awarded by Newman University)
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FdSc Sport Coaching, Science & Performance (Awarded by Newman University)
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FdSc Sport Coaching, Science & Performance (Awarded by Newman University)
Bournville Campus (Longbridge)
Start date:
9 September 2024
Study mode:
Full Time
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