Sport Coaching Science BSc (Hons)

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This course aims to develop effective coaches through the application of sport and exercise science. The course will develop educated coaches with a theoretical underpinning and practical skill in the fields of Biomechanics, Psychology and Physiology. The course is delivered with highly qualified coaches who have coached at the highest level, and who are coach educators with Governing Bodies of Sport. Chichester offers one of only a few BASES-endorsed programmes in the UK. Over the last decade the vocational opportunities for coaches have grown immensely. Athletes at all levels look to their coach for advice, guidance and support, thus placing huge demands on their knowledge and skills. You …

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This course aims to develop effective coaches through the application of sport and exercise science. The course will develop educated coaches with a theoretical underpinning and practical skill in the fields of Biomechanics, Psychology and Physiology. The course is delivered with highly qualified coaches who have coached at the highest level, and who are coach educators with Governing Bodies of Sport. Chichester offers one of only a few BASES-endorsed programmes in the UK. Over the last decade the vocational opportunities for coaches have grown immensely. Athletes at all levels look to their coach for advice, guidance and support, thus placing huge demands on their knowledge and skills. You will develop an understanding of the underlying principles controlling performance and learning. The analysis of coaching practice also forms an important part of the degree, where traditional and non-traditional methods are critically examined. You will be expected to take part in practical coaching sessions, culminating in a work placement in year three. With experience of delivering sport science support to Olympic medalists, Chichester is well placed to provide a significant contribution to athlete services for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Indicative Course Content

Year One

  • Scientific inquiry into Sport and Exercise
  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Physiology and the Exercising Human
  • Bioenergetics and the Exercising Human
  • Cognitive Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Introduction to Sports Biomechanics

Year Two

Following the strong foundation gained in Year One, students can now maximise their choices and specialise through free choice modules. Further structured modules are taught in:

  • Research Methods
  • Psychology of Training and Competition
  • Physiological aspects of Exercise and Health
  • Analysis of Coaching Practice (double module)
  • Biomechanics and Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise
  • Free Choice Module

Year Three

  • Independent Project (double module)
  • Issues in Sports Coaching Science
  • Group Dynamics in Sport
  • Work Placement
  • Physiology of Training
  • Free Choice Module

* all modules, subject to approval

Why this Course?

  • The course will provide students with the scientific background to enable them to prepare athletes, technically, tactically, physically and mentally
  • Students will be able to assess player and coach performance from the scientific background that they are taught
  • Opportunities and knowledge of how to undertake further study in Coaching Science and related areas
  • It will prepare students to enter into employment
  • Taught by specialists reflecting the varied expertise available within the department.

Careers

  • Professional clubs - coaching in academies, centres of excellence, club/community coaches
  • Amateur clubs - tennis, squash and golf clubs etc
  • Industry - hotels, holiday companies, sports development for Sports Governing Bodies, British and overseas
  • Coach education - Sports Coach UK (SCUK) and equivalent overseas bodies
  • Teaching

Entry Requirements

3 Years Full Time. Delivery: Full and Part Time.

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