Sport Coaching - BA (Hons) Top Up

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This programme covers sports coaching and current issues in sport, as well as other key areas such as sociology of sport and sport psychology. It provides a broad study within both the development and performance domains of sport. Applying theory to practice is essential for all students within the course. Students will also complete a research project and work experience within their chosen area of sport.

Skills and knowledge developed: Students will become critical thinkers within the world of sport, developing theoretical and practical knowledge to apply to sports coaching. Students will also develop key areas within the world of performance sport such as performance analysis, sport psychology and sports coaching. Students will develop skills in both qualitative and quantitative analysis and be able to effectively carry out research projects at a high level.

Special features: Within the scheme, there will be opportunity for learners to attain a level of professional practice. There are strong links to the professional football industry and within England Volleyball. There is further opportunity for designing and carrying out studies for both performance and community sport. There is also a range of links with both primary and secondary schools for coaching opportunities.

Teaching methods: The knowledge and skills acquired on the programme will link directly to the vocational context and will diversify into a range of skills. Teaching and Learning methods will include formal lectures and seminars which will underpin the practical style sessions. Practical modules will take place in the sports hall, gym or outside with tutor support and guidance and extra independent learning sessions will be timetabled to allow access to the specialist equipment and resources.

Assessment methods: The programme is assessed through the submission of coaching portfolio and sessions, written essays, reports and a series of project based practical assessments, a final project and the submission of a dissertation. Formative feedback will support student progression in both written work and practical work. Self and peer assessment in critique situations will be an essential element of all projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and progression. The programme allows 120 credits at each level.

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