Year 1 (national level 4)
Take an introductory look at the fundamentals of human physiology with applications to acute exercise. Cover the structure and function of each of the systems in the body and the regulation of responses to exercise.
Gain an understanding of psychology and motor behaviour within a sport and exercise setting. Demonstrate knowledge of psychological concepts and explain their relevance in health-related physical activity/exercise and performance enhancement.
Get an introduction to the way in which the fundamental laws of mechanics can be applied to understand and evaluate human movement through observation and measurement.
Gain theoretical and practical knowledge of the anatomy of the human body. Identify individual structures using anatomical models, images and other media, and then compare them to real human subjects through palpation techniques.
Cover issues that impact upon leading, coaching, instructing coaching and exercise related sessions. Investigate the roles of the coach and instructor, qualities and requirements of the effective coach and instructor, psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence.
Develop key study and employability skills essential for academic and professional success. Increase your awareness and understanding of the processes involved in learning and professional development.
Year 2 (national level 5)
Gain an understanding of the coaching process by investigating the roles of the coach and the components of effective coaching. Address the differences in practice and closely examine participation and performance coaching.
Undertake practical coaching activities both as an individual and in a group setting. Link theory to practical coaching activities, with a focus on the planning and undertaking of effective sports coaching sessions.
Study the research process and learn how to construct an investigation from an initial idea, to the point of completing and presenting the study. Learn quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and apply the most appropriate research.
Develop your knowledge of exercise physiology and its application to training in exercise and sports. Examine both the acute and chronic effects of exercise on the cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems in both normal and abnormal environments.
Gain an understanding of the mechanics of rigid bodies and fluid mechanics contextualised into the realm of sport and physical exercise. Investigate some of the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems of the human body at rest and in motion in terms of injury, rehabilitation and physical performance, using the biomechanical concepts.
Use the theoretical models of motivation to look at the determinants and correlates of adoption and maintenance of regular physical activity and of successful performance in sport.
Look at the prevention of injury and ill health, and the mechanisms behind injury and healing, including psychological aspects. Focus on strategies to reduce the risk of injury during performance of sport and physical activity, and take an introductory look at sports massage, providing both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
Learn how to collect, interpret and analyse client information using validated methods appropriate for the health and fitness industry and in-line with current Sector Skills Council guidelines. Take advantage of the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to real-life and case study situations.
Final Year (national level 6)
Explore the differences and similarities in knowledge, skills, and vocational opportunities that underpin the professional development of coaches. Gain knowledge of the specific training requirements of individual and team sports and how to apply this to modern training methods.
Develop your theoretical knowledge into vocational practice. Critically evaluate your professional skills in a coaching setting and reflect on professional practice.
Carry out a small-scale piece of research on a sport and/or exercise-related area. Analyse or review an existing data set or subject area using appropriate techniques and interpret the outcomes.
Look at how the body performs and responds to exercise. Get an introduction to advanced and applied issues in sport and exercise physiology.
Explore the methods used in the biomechanical assessment of sporting performance through technique observation and analysis. Carry out kinetic and kinematic analysis of human movement using modern instrumentation, involving electromyography, 3D motion capture, video digitizing and analysis, use of force platforms and foot pressure measurements.
Examine the relationship between mental health and states (including anxiety, mood and self-esteem) and physical activity (including sport performance and exercise participation).
Focus on nutrition in sports and exercise, underpinned with an understanding of metabolism. Consider the role of nutrition and physical activity in terms of health and nutritional supplements in relation to performance in sport and exercise.
Look at exercise and activity management skills in relation to specific populations and exercise referral individuals. Review the current research relating to physical activity and exercise management for certain population groups.
Our teaching methods are designed to develop not only your knowledge but also skills that enhance employability. Methods include small group work, practical activities, workshops, lectures, tutorials, computer-based learning, presentations and independent learning.
As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning. Assessment methods include essays, reports, practical work and presentations.
To find out more about modules, credits and how you will be assessed, please see how courses are taught. Information about our policies relating to student experience and quality assurance processes can be found on the Academic Services website.
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