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Sport Psychology, Coaching and Physical Education - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Our Sport Psychology, Coaching and Physical Education BSc (Hons) degree will introduce you to the wide-ranging field of sports science and its relevance to competitive, community and participation levels of sport. You’ll explore how coaching and teaching involves varying skill sets across different sports and how they can be applied in varying environments. You'll also gain essential knowledge in areas including sport psychology, human movement, the social impact of sport and the value of applying sports development to an individual’s lifelong development.

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This undergraduate course will teach you how to encourage, develop and progress other people’s sporting performance or participation. The coaching skills you’ll develop will be equally applicable at both an elite performance and community level.

Increasingly, schools are out-sourcing sports delivery to coaches, and more sports practitioners are entering teaching through coaching. It is in these environments that you can help encourage young people who have never taken part in sport and exercise to improve their health and fitness.

We’ll help develop your coaching and teaching skills, providing access to a sports hall the size of six badminton courts and extensively-equipped sports science labs.

Our teaching staff includes those with a wide range of coaching knowledge and qualifications up to international and world championship levels. All modules on the course are equally well-supported by up-to-date facilities.

You’ll study a variety of subjects in-depth. There’s sport psychology and its exploration of how the mind impacts on both sporting performance and participation. Exercise physiology will introduce you to changes the body experiences as a result of physical activity, environmental stress and exercise. Biomechanics analyses the mechanics of human movement, while the sociology of sport will develop your understanding of the socio-cultural issues that can define and legitimise a particular sport.

There will be plenty of equipment for you to use as an aid to your studies. Exercise physiology equipment includes a climate chamber and blood analysers, while biomechanics equipment includes Watt bikes and Kistler force platforms. For a more complete list of the equipment that will be available to you, see the equipment section below.

Assessment

Assessments will be through written and practical exams, practical reports, presentations, class tests and a final research dissertation.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grade C in three A levels or grades BC in at least two A levels in biology, physical education, human biology, biology, sports science or sports studies subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will also be considered.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module provides an introduction to the various sub-disciplines that constitute sport and exercise science.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module is intended to introduce students to the practical aspects of sports performance. The module will also develop specific coaching and psychology attributes required to develop sports performance.

    Guidance notes: Students must pass the practical attendance in order to successfully complete the module

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module is intended to introduce students to the study of Sports courses in higher education at London Metropolitan University as well as developing life long skills in organisation and application of knowledge. This module also includes the theory and practical abilities to apply safe and effective massage to a sports person. In addition, the module introduces students to methods of data analysis using computer software.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Friday morning

    This module is a broadly-based introduction to human anatomy and systems physiology, with a bias towards the specific interests of those studying for sports-related degrees. The module also includes background material in chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology.

    Guidance notes: Students must satisfy the practical attendance requirement in order to successfully complete the module

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Year 2 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This module introduces students to the responses of tissues and organs to acute exercise and chronic exercise training. Students are also familiarised with a variety of field and laboratory-based tests of physical performance and physical fitness – both to assess components of fitness and work capacity as well as to screen for risk of sports injuries.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module explores the key pedagogical theories that inform sports teaching and coaching. The module includes a strong emphasis on experiential learning with students regularly engaging in practical coaching and teaching sessions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The ST5002 module, entitled Psychological Factors in Sport: Individuals and Teams, focuses on the key psychological theories within the sport psychology field; such as motivation and arousal. Psycholgical issues relating to individual behaviour and group dynamics are both incorporated.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module allows students to use self-reflection to determine the best choice of project/dissertation for their chosen subject or career. This is linked to studying the processes that will maximise their employability.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module focuses on understanding the principles of human movement in terms of anatomy and biomechanics. In addition the module provides examples of the application of this knowledge to performance analysis, the development of sporting excellence, and injury prevention. A practical programme explores in more detail topics covered in the lectures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday morning

    The ST5061 module, entitled Sociological Issues in Sport, explores sociological theory and encourages students to apply such theory to contemporary issues in sport such as the role of the media, the globalisation of sport, and the use of sport as a political tool.

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Year 3 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon

    This module focuses on advanced theoretical aspects of coaching and its delivery that enable the full role of a practising coach to be explored.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module will enable students to reinforce the skills necessary to carry out a scientific programme requiring significant research. It will allow students to demonstrate the final development of their subject knowledge, skills and understanding through extended research based on laboratory, literature or field work, or meta-analysis of databases. This research will lead to the presentation of a detailed written report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Monday morning

    This module explores contemporary theory in sport psychology and its relevance to the elite athletic performer. Approaching from an applied perspective, important concepts are considered in terms of their potential impact on an athlete’s psychological state.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning

    This module is an introduction to the principles of business in the specific context of sport related ventures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday morning
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    This module extends students' learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to reflect on, and evaluate, their personal experiences of a given employment related to their area of academic study.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    The module examines the response of the various physiological systems to exercise with an emphasis on training and other applied aspects. There is also a focus on sports nutrition, including ergogenic aids. Selected advanced topics of current interest are introduced.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Friday afternoon

    This module analyses the relationships between exercise and a variety of disease states including cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases. It focuses on aetiology, prevention, diagnosis and rehabilitation.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Monday afternoon

    This module extends students' learning experience by providing them with an opportunity to reflect on, and evaluate, their personal experiences of sports science employment related to their area of academic study. Furthermore, this module encourages students to think critically in order to become evidence based practitioners.

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The modules listed below are for the academic year 2016/17 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:
  • Biomechanics and Training Principles
  • Practical Sport Experience (coaching and sport psychology)
  • Science, Research and Application
  • Sport and Exercise Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2 modules include:

  • Psychological Factors in Sport: Individuals and Teams
  • Practical Delivery in Coaching and Training
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sport Science Research Methods
  • Sociological Issues in Sport (option)
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement (option)

Year 3 modules include:

  • Dissertation (Sport and Exercise Science)
  • Sports Psychology and the Elite Athlete
  • Advanced Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Business Developments in Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Science Work Placement (can be done in autumn or spring)

This degree course will prepare you for a career in any aspect of coaching. Likewise, it is possible to go on to study a postgraduate course in teaching or use coaching experience to enter teaching via a work-based learning scheme.

There will be a variety of equipment available to you throughout the course.
Exercise physiology equipment includes:

  • COSMED breath by breath gas analysers
  • woodway treadmills (Force, Pro XL, Mercury)
  • climate chamber
  • biosin lactate analyser
  • bodpod
  • blood analysers
  • dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scanner (DEXA)

Biomechanics cquipment includes:

  • Kistler Force Platform
  • EMG
  • Watt bikes
  • 2D motion analysis
  • Cybex Isokinetic Dynamometer

In both its delivery and practice, sport is embedded in socio-cultural issues that can define and therefore legitimise a particular sport. Such processes are not unchangeable, and the history of sport demonstrates there have been and continue to be challenges to societal norms. Some challenges came from individuals willing to buck the trend and stand up for what they believed in. Some came from political movements arising out of a disaffection with the status quo. The arrival of new nations in both post-colonial and post-1989 when combined with the growth of new sporting genres and the growth of sporting revenue streams has seen sport become an ideological battleground like never before. The contests that continue to shape modern sport are explored in the sociology modules that this degree offers.

Biomechanics is an area of science that is concerned with the analysis of the mechanics of human movement, or the study of how the human body moves. In sport, this is extended to cover the interaction of the athlete and the equipment they use, whether it be a bicycle, discus or pair of running spikes. Biomechanics may be broken down into areas of kinematics (how the body moves) and kinetics (the forces that act on the body to produce or inhibit the motion).

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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