Important Entry Requirement & Application Update
College is still accepting online applications for courses starting in September 2020.
Interviews are cancelled to help to limit social contact during this time.
Instead, you will be invited to a college welcome event to meet the tutors before the start of the course. If you do not meet the entry criteria you will have the opportunity to discuss an alternative programme during this event.
Is this course right for me?
If you have already completed the FdSc Sport Science (Sports Coaching) (or equivalent), then this course gives you the opportunity to progress onto Level 6 and gain a full honours degree.
This programme will allow you to:
- build on vocational Coaching and Sport Science experience, providing a more detailed academic framework
- acquire and convey new perspectives in sport science and coaching, challenging previous viewpoints
- undertake independent learning and academic research within the sports discipline
- develop critical analysis of sport science and sports coaching skills in a range of sports and at all levels of ability, including special populations
- provide advanced skills and knowledge for learners to develop a career within the sector
- offer a distinctive and supportive learning experience
More detailed information on Modules is to be found in the ‘Additional Campus/Course Information’ section.
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Additional costs may be associated with the following:
More detailed information on other costs associated with your course and work placements/work experience (if applicable) will be outlined in the programme validation document and explained to you at your interview.
Learners may progress from the Foundation degree to the BSc (Hons) programme after completion of FdSc Sport Science (Sports Coaching) or equivalent with at least a merit profile, equivalent to 60% overall. Candidates with high pass at foundation degree level must complete a satisfactory interview and have a score no lower than 50% for the research based module at Level 5.
- Good proficiency in Welsh/English, with equivalent GCSE grade C or above
- Any degrees, diplomas or certificates eligible above should have been taught and assessed in Welsh/English
- For overseas applicants, for entry onto Levels 6, English fluency to TOEFL 550 or higher (with no element less than 525), or IELTS 6.0 or higher (with no element less than 5.5).
All places are subject to satisfactory interview.
The course is delivered through a blend of the following:
- Workshops and practical sessions
- Self-directed lectures
- Guest speakers
- Student centred learning
- Virtual learning environment (MOODLE)
- Full-time: 1 year, 2 days per week (typically 9.00 am – 5.00 pm)
- Part-time: 2 years, 1 day per week (typically 9.00 am – 5.00 pm)
The course is assessed through a blend of the following:
- Individual portfolios
- Case studies
- In-class tests (open and closed book)
- Group reports
- Group presentations
Where relevant, assessments will be marked and returned to students with constructive and developmental feedback. Effective feedback combines information which enables students to understand the strengths and limitations of their past performance, and information which enables them to recognise how future performance can be improved. Students will be provided with feedback in a timely manner and this feedback will justify how the grade has been awarded. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on the feedback given and identify their strengths, things they found challenging and areas for development that they will feed forward to their next assessment. Feedback will include linking evidence to assessment criteria to demonstrate how the student will have met the learning outcomes.
The course provides a number of options for professional and educational progression. You could choose to progress onto a postgraduate or professional qualification, include a Masters degree or a PGCE (teacher training).
Alternatively, the Honours Degree can lead directly into employment in the public or private sector. You could work as a coach or coaching manager, or you could work in sports science support or sports development. You may also enter health-related or scientific professions, where your research experience has direct relevance.
Additional campus/course information:
For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact, and 70% independent student learning.
The course consists of the following modules:
Advanced Physiology (20 credits, compulsory)
The aim of this module is to explore the physiology of fatigue in extreme environment (heat) and exercise techniques that are specifically deigned to target key physiological adaptations, with contradictory findings in the literature. Students will also continue to develop practical coaching and instruction skill through an element of practical assessment. (Exam 50%, Practical competency 50%)
Dissertation (40 credits, compulsory)
The purpose of this module is to build upon the research proposal and carry out an independent piece of work. Students must seek and be approved to carry out he research by the ethics committee before beginning the research process. Students are required to collect primary/secondary data, analyse, and provide conclusions based on scientific outcomes in a written format. (Independent dissertation 100%)
Issues in Sports Coaching and Training (20 credits, compulsory)
The aim of this module is to develop a critical awareness of contemporary issues relating to coaching and training. Student will examine debates within research on key aerobic and anaerobic factors, the use of technology within the coaching environment and the complex nature of the coach–athlete relationship. (Article critique 50%, Presentation 50%)
Special Populations (20 credits, compulsory)
The main aim of this module is to explore the physiology of young and older athletes and their responses to exercise. Also, the relationship to performance will be established. Evidence-based exercise recommendations for specific conditions and populations will be investigated and how these contribute to health-related training programmes. (Written essay 60%, Poster presentation and viva voce 40%)
Sports Psychology for Coaches (20 credits, compulsory)
This module aims to educate learners on the theories and models of anxiety and the relationship to performance and to equip learners with the skills and knowledge on the effectiveness of an intervention. The module will investigate the formulation and selection of appropriate theories designed to understand the behaviour of the performer in a competitive context. This will enable learners to develop an understanding of the psychological principles that underpin athlete’s behaviour and develop ways to aid athlete’s performance through a range of sport psychology interventions, applying sport psychology theory to real-life situations. (Written essay 60%, Case Study 40%)