Within the Coaching Process and Practice module you will study coaching methods and strategies, communications styles, planning and evaluation, learning styles, as well as psychosocial aspects motivation and leadership. This module also identifies models of coaching practice and how these can cater for the diverse needs of athletes/ participants and reviews the professional codes to which coaches must adhere, as well as the ethical and moral responsibilities of the coach. Sport in The UK introduces the position of sport in the UK and the history of UK sport. The module also introduces some of the complexities of funding distribution with UK sport. You are introduced to the skeletal and muscular anatomy and function and also examine the physiological components of performance in Sport and Exercise Performance Studies and in Analysing Sport you are taught the principles of performance analysis and will identify performance indicators across a variety of sports. You will be able to apply you knowledge in your first compulsory work placement which you first year of study.
You will develop the concept of performance analysis as a measure of identifying coaching strategies and evaluating the effectiveness of coaching practice with the Coaching and Assessment of Performance module. With an emphasis on the developing young athlete, the Growth and Development of the Athlete module introduces the various approaches to identifying potential talent in youth sport and appraises the merits of such approaches. In the Coaching and Assessment of Performance module your previous work is further developed to conduct physiological field based tests to assess an athlete prior to developing a suitable sports coaching programme. Whilst in the Sport Psychology: Theory to Practice module, concepts such as optimising goal setting, theories of motivation, anxiety and confidence, as well as team cohesion are researched. Within Coaching Pedagogy teaching approaches are evaluated in order to maximise the effectiveness of coaching practice based on an individual’s stage of learning and learning preferences. You will complete your second compulsory work placement and also begin preparing for you final year dissertation project.
You will examine Motor Control and Skill Acquisition in identifying how practice schedules and coaching cues can influence the rate at which motor skills are learnt. Practical strategies to develop the psychological competencies of the athlete are explored within the Performance Coaching module, whilst the psychosocial underpinnings of the coach athlete relationship and team dynamics are critically evaluated within the Professional Practice in Coaching module with consideration of the interpersonal and environmental complexities or working as a sports coach. During the Management and Development of Sports Coaching, you will critically examine the sports industry in the UK and the position of coaching within this industry. Optional modules of Professional Learning Through Work or Entrepreneurship and Creativity are available, each requiring the completion of a project (either a work-based project or a business plan) to aid graduate employability or develop entrepreneurial skills. You will also complete you final year Dissertation in a related area of your choosing under expert individualised supervision.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: