FdSc Sport and Exercise Science
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.
The sporting world is always changing therefore students are expected to understand the local, regional and global context of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
To provide students with opportunities to address contemporary issues facing the industry, and society at large; with emphasis on performance, health, and physical activity and mental wellbeing. It is essential for students to understand the role that Sport and Exercise plays in addressing these issues.
It is important for students to explore key areas of employability within the sports science and coaching environment. This will allow the students to identify the skills and competencies which are relevant to a range of workplaces and careers. The programme aims to develop essential transferable skills so that the students can become adaptable in the world of Sport and Exercise science.
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 because of the competitive and popular nature of sport careers.
What areas will I study?
Level 4: Sports coaching science and performance and Sports and Exercise Science
- Introduction to Research & Academic Skills (20 Credits)
- Exercise Training & Prescription (20 Credits)
- Foundations of Human Movement (20 Credits)
- Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activities (20 Credits)
- Physiology of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activities (20 Credits)
- Physical Activity, Health & Lifestyles (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. Student’s 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 relationships between the fundamentals of human movement and posture and how those elements respond to the demands of athletic performance. The module will also introduce and develop the knowledge of anatomy and physiology and the function of the musculo-skeletal system during movement. More specifically students will study the classification of human posture. The concept of balance, core stability, functional stability systems and a firm basis of biomechanics principles will also be provided.
Psychology of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity This module explores the psychological concepts that underpin involvement in sport, exercise and physical activity to demonstrate their impact on human behavior. Students’ will investigate how the social environment within which sport, exercise and physical activity will affect the outcome of an individuals’ participation. Students’ will develop an understanding of key theories and principles of motivation, and application to participation. The relationship between physical activity, sport, exercise and psychological wellbeing will be examined and critically analysed.
Physiology of Sport, Exercise & Physical Activity This module will explore the fundamentals of Sport and Exercise physiology and identify how the musculoskeletal system and cardiorespiratory system adapts to physical activity and exercise. With the use of training programs, the module will examine performance and health-related targets, that analyses the physical activity and exercise needs of athlete’s. It applies testing procedures to inform a coach and athlete, how they can potentially modify their training methods or approach.
Physical Activity, Health & Lifestyle The module is designed to give students an understanding of the concepts and practice of physical activity, health, lifestyle and wellbeing. The students will explore the relationship between lifestyle, health and wellbeing and will investigate current physical activity guidelines and reasons for physical inactivity in different target groups. Students will explore behaviour change strategies that can be used to help individuals develop a healthier physical lifestyle. It will develop their knowledge and awareness of physical activity, health, lifestyle and wellbeing principles and how to apply these strategies to the lives of adults and children
- Research Methods (20 Credits)
- Coaching Psychology for Performance (20 Credits)
- Strength and Conditioning (20 Credits)
- Biomechanics (20 Credits)
- Performance Analysis (20 Credits)
- Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (20 Credits)
Research Methods This module is designed to help students to successfully carry out important steps in research, such as hypothesis testing, research design, data collection and data analysis. It will encourage them to explore the empirical process in the context of a researcher in the sports science and coaching science environment. The module provides students with the opportunity to broaden their research knowledge. Students will be required to critically analyse a number of research methods used by sports practitioner’s working in sports and exercise science and coaching environments.
Coaching Psychology for Performance This module aims to advance student knowledge of key theoretical and applied concepts in coaching psychology for performance. Specifically, the module will focus on how coaches can develop and enhance the skills of their athlete’s using coaching techniques based on range of psychology principles and theories. Different theoretical and philosophical approaches to coaching psychology will be considered. The module also aims to advance student knowledge of assessment and intervention. How to use motor skill theory knowledge will also be discussed. Students will also be required to understand the professional issues including ethics, code of conducts and methods of consulting necessary for applied work.
Strength and Conditioning Students will explore what the term ‘strength and conditioning’ actually applies to, and the many areas of performance enhancement it can relate to. Students will examine how athletes can enhance their physical abilities in order to endure the high physiological and psychological demands of sport, as well as preventing injuries. The strength and conditioning specialist role is becoming more relevant within a multidisciplinary coaching team. Due to the module level, and the topics covered in other modules, a large proportion of study will relate to the various forms of resistance training. Performance terms such as strength, force, power, rate of force development, high-speed strength, agility, and functional strength will be critically analysed and discussed. The module will discuss fundamental training concepts and principles concerning resistance training; these will then be placed in the context of an individual attempting to develop those performance terms listed above.
Biomechanics This module provides a critical, theoretical and practical understanding of applied techniques used in the biomechanical analysis of human movement and sporting activity as well as identifying how the application of biomechanics can aid in the prevention of injury and the enhancement of performance within a sporting context. The module will also support the development of student’s theoretical and practical understanding of the mechanics of human motion, kinematics, kinetics, fluid dynamics and anatomical structures of the body and the ways that the muscular and skeletal systems interact during motion.
Performance Analysis This module offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of the theory behind performance analysis and to gain experience of analysing performance and the coaching process. This module combines theoretical ideas, practical experience and exposure to the growing spectrum of commercial hardware and software used for analysing human performance. The module is designed to develop an awareness of match and notational analysis and examine the efficacy of this approach.
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise In this module students will investigate nutrition, in relation to the enhancement of exercise and sports performance. Students will explore nutritional products that are associated with optimal exercise training and sports performance and evaluate dietary recommendations. Key areas such as, nutritional ergogenic aids, protein supplementation, carbohydrate manipulation, and nutritional supplements such as caffeine, ß-alanine and antioxidants will be critically examined. Students will explore energy balance and its association to exercise and sports performance, including the function of key nutrients and how they assist in enhancing performance.