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Blackburn College

Sports Coaching

UCAS Code: C615

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


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48

About this course


Course option

2.0years

Full-time | 2021

This Foundation Degree will prepare you for a career in Sports Coaching. Key themes run throughout the course and these are: practical coaching, physiology and anatomy, nutrition, sports psychology and performance analysis. These overarching themes run through all sports and these learnt skills will allow you to succeed in Sports Coaching within any sport. You will have the opportunity to experience coaching in a large array of sports such as football, hockey, basketball, netball, cricket and many more.

Students on the programme will also be provided with the opportunity to undertake UK Coaching Certificates (UKCC) Level 1 and 2 (or higher should you already have Level 1 or 2 coaching qualifications) as part of the course at no additional cost. After successful completion of the Foundation degree, there is the potential to progress onto a top-up degree.

The programme has strong industry links and students on the course are able to specialise in a range of sports and will benefit from guest lectures and visits such as sport scientists, nutrition specialists, performance analysts and from off-site visits.

The Global Sports industry is estimated to be worth around £300 billion. The sporting legacy as a result of the UK hosting the 2012 Olympic Games has led to exciting times for coaching professionals. The creation of the UK Coaching Framework and the subsequent professionalisation of the industry means now, more than ever, higher level sports coaching qualifications are becoming a requirement for coaching roles.

Sports Coach UK aim to deliver a long-term coaching strategy in order to build a world-leading UK coaching system. This programme has been developed with this vision in mind and provides a diverse range of employment opportunities within the industry.

Modules

Work-based learning is a significant part of the course. You will undertake 140 hours on placement – which we will either help you to find or you may already be working in a suitable role or have your own contacts. You will also take part in practical sessions both on and off- campus where you will benefit from observing and working alongside qualified coaches covering a range of sports.

Modules include:

Year 1 - All modules are mandatory
?Academic Research and Professional Skills
?Introduction to Sports Coaching
?Exercise Physiology 1
?Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
?Nutrition for Health and Exercise
?Introduction to Sports Development

Year 2 - Mandatory modules
?Research Project
?Sports Coaching and Leadership
?Work Based Learning
?Enterprise in Sport

- Optional modules - choose one option
?Physical Education and Sport
?Performance Analysis
?Community Sport and Development

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods. These include: reports, individual and group presentations, essays, in-class tests, laboratory tests, practicals and assessments using high-end performance analysis software.

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 4 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions

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Blackburn College

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