Year 1 (national level 4)
Explore contemporary issues in sport with the intention of demonstrating the relationship between sport and the wider society. Examine how political, economic, social and cultural factors shape sporting practices, values and ideals.
Prepare and carry out individual research within a sports topic of interest. Learn about the social and economic functions of sport, which can be important in the development of the person and the community.
Take an introductory look at the structure and function of organised sport and associated provision, particularly in the context of the United Kingdom. Embrace the full definition of sport as laid out by the Council of Europe.
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.
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)
Explore sports development in the UK. Examine the complexities of sport and exercise development, and get an introduction to a range of development models and initiatives.
Explore the origins and development of physical education and school sport. Examine the influence of government policy on physical education and school sport.
Refresh your knowledge on the theoretical backdrop provided by Structural Functionalism and Marxism (or Conflict Theory). Explore and critically evaluate neo-Marxist Hegemony theory inspired by Gramsci, and the approach of the influential French social theorist, Bordieu.
Explore the relationship between sport, physical activity and health in the UK. Examine policy, strategy and initiatives in these three areas over time to illustrate the political, economic, social and cultural influences on all three.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Prepare yourself for the challenging activity of strategic analysis in relation to sports development. Acquire the skills necessary for strategic understanding, and planning within sports development in the UK.
Look at the skills necessary for effective management within the sport and leisure industry, including marketing, people management and financial, economic, legal and ethical principles. Focus on an in-depth analysis of key concepts, theories, and applications involved in sports management, culminating in the preparation of a business plan for a sporting event or facility.
Analyse health issues in contemporary society. Explore a diverse range of sources such as newspapers, health promotion campaigns, television programmes and films.
Research various career opportunities within sport, leisure, and physical education and create information and guidance of the appropriate courses of action. Gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the skills and qualifications required to undertake these various roles and methods used to gain these necessary skills and experience.
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.
Develop your theoretical knowledge into vocational practice. Critically evaluate your professional skills in a coaching setting and reflect on professional practice.
Consider psychological issues in physical activity promotion and intervention within a multi-level framework. Evaluate communication and behaviour change strategies selected to manage, support adoption and maintenance of exercise behaviour with an individual.
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.
The content of the course prepares you for appropriate Skills Active qualifications. These include: ‘Instructing Exercise and Fitness (Gym)’, ‘Personal Trainer’ and ‘Exercise Referral’.
The majority of assessments are coursework-based. As well as assessments that count towards your degree, there are also on-going assessments for feedback and consolidating your learning.
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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