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BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching: pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 begins with the compulsory 60-credit module Introduction to sport, fitness and management (E112)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q76-1,module,E112,,1, which explores scientific and management questions, such as:

  • What is the scientific evidence of the benefits of sport and fitness?
  • Who takes part in sport and fitness and how do facilities cater for their needs?
  • How can aerobic and muscular fitness be improved?
  • How does the scientific basis of nutrition inform coaching?

The study of science and management provides you with new perspectives and ways of considering issues concerning sport and fitness. You’ll also be introduced to some of the study skills you’ll need in later stages.

Following this module you’ll take another absorbing 60-credit module, Working and learning in sport and fitness (E113)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q76-1,module,E113,,1 that analyses key work-based issues such as: motivation (both that of participants and work colleagues); the dynamics of coaching communication; and leadership, instruction and learning. You’ll use filmed case studies to support your study, and you’ll be able to share ideas online with fellow students. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on how the study topics apply to work activities, helping to increase your effectiveness in your own role.

Stage 2

In Stage 2 you’ll explore the fascinating world of sports science research, brought to life with BBC documentary material and online collaboration. As you work through the materials, you’ll gain the understanding you need to answer questions such as:

  • What anatomical and physiological knowledge do you need in your work?
  • How can human movement be analysed and what part is played by biomechanics?
  • How do you recognise effective conditioning programmes for your activity?
  • How should you approach your own study of research literature?

In the work-related learning module Science and theory into practice: exercise instruction (EXF223) (90 credits), you submit an appropriate level 2 REPS endorsed qualification. You then investigate, drawing on your own experiences, how instructors/trainers develop.

If you are starting the second level modules from October 2013 onwards, you will take Sport and conditioning science into practice (E217)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q76-1,module,E217,,1 (60 credits) as your first module at level 2, investigating and applying aspects of sports science, including physiology, movement analysis, and training and conditioning theory, and enhancing your understanding of how the body works when exercising. For the work-related learning module Making your exercise instruction certificate count (EXF224)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q76-1,module,EXF224,,1 (30 credits), you submit an appropriate level 2 REPS endorsed qualification, and investigate, drawing on your own experiences, how instructors/trainers develop.

A further element of Stage 2 is devoted to the psychology of sport and exercise. Coaches and instructors need a detailed understanding of mental aspects such as self-confidence, anxiety, team dynamics and psychological skills. This 30-credit module, Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach (E233)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q76-1,module,E233,,1, uses a case study approach with film, audio, text and interactive online activities. It will challenge and change how you think about yourself and your participants.

Stage 3

In Stage 3 you will hone your research and writing skills – not just in sport and fitness but also in other fields. You’ll select one 60-credit module or two 30-credit modules from one of these themes:

  • childhood and youth
  • public health
  • management and business
  • social and global development.

Exploring one of these fields will help you to develop a broader perspective on sport and fitness. You will be able to pursue specialist interests such as working with young people, entrepreneurial opportunities, marketing, management or the effects of globalisation – the choice is yours.

The final 60-credit compulsory module Exploring psychological aspects of athletic development (E313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q76-1,module,E313,,1, builds on the psychological approach you studied in Stage 2. You’ll explore athletic development using social psychology as a lens through which to view and explain how people are shaped by the social world in which they develop. Using case studies and BBC film materials you will unravel topics such as:

  • explanations of expertise and talent development
  • psychological aspects of the coach-athlete relationship
  • the influence of the family.

This module will stimulate you to re-evaluate the journey people take from school PE to adult proficiency in sport and exercise and will influence your coaching behaviour.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three (full-time study equivalent) to 16 years. 


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