Sport psychology, the study of how the mind impacts on both sporting performance and sports participation, forms an integral part of the course, with different aspects of the topic being studied in all three years. Psychology can be the difference between winning and losing, enjoying or not enjoying sport at community level, and taking up sport or not taking up sport at participation level. You'll explore the contests that continue to shape modern sport in the sociology modules of this degree, as sociology is hugely relevant to the practice of coaching and teaching.
Biomechanics is an area of science concerned with the mechanics of human movement. In sport, this is extended to cover the interaction of the athlete and the equipment they use, whether it's a bicycle, discus or pair of running spikes. You'll learn about the short-term and long-term changes the body experiences as a result of physical activity, environmental stress and exercise.
You'll have access to our sports hall and extensively equipped sports science labs, external sports technology companies and industry experts to give you insider knowledge of sporting professions.
You'll also have access to performance analysis software, Markerless Biomechanical analysis software, Kitman Labs's markerless motion capture software, Capture, and sports/catapult devices. The exercise physiology equipment available includes breath gas analysers, Woodway treadmills and blood analysers, as well as a climate chamber, Biosen lactate analyser, Bodpod and dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scanner (DEXA).
Biomechanics equipment includes a Kistler force platform, electromyography (EMG) equipment, Watt bikes and facilities for 2D motion analysis. Sport is embedded in socio-cultural issues that can define and therefore legitimate a particular sport, both in its delivery and practice.
This course offers progressive development of data analytics using global positioning system hardware and software. You will also be taught anatomy, biomechanics and physiology to provide you with the foundation of sport and exercise understanding upon which to interpret the performance analysis.
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:
If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Sports Science Extended Degree or Sports Therapy Extended Degree.
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.
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. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.
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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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