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Sport Psychology, Coaching and Physical Education (including foundation year)

Entry requirements


At least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma) but may not have achieved the appropriate grades to immediately join a BSc programme.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

8.0 years | Part-time | 2022

Subject

Sport and exercise sciences

**Why study this course**

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you can't meet the necessary entry requirements or don't have the traditional qualifications required to start a standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the traditional three-year course.

In the National Student Survey 2020, 100% of students said this course challenged them to achieve their best.

**More about this course**

This undergraduate course will teach you how to encourage, develop and progress other people’s sporting performance or participation. The coaching skills you’ll develop will be equally applicable at both an elite performance and community level.

Increasingly, schools are out-sourcing sports delivery to coaches, and more sports practitioners are entering teaching through coaching. It is in these environments that you can help encourage young people who have never taken part in sport and exercise to improve their health and fitness.

We’ll help develop your coaching and teaching skills, providing access to a sports hall the size of six badminton courts and extensively-equipped sports science labs.

Our teaching staff includes those with a wide range of coaching knowledge and qualifications up to international and world championship levels. All modules on the course are equally well-supported by up-to-date facilities.

You’ll study a variety of subjects in-depth. There’s sport psychology and its exploration of how the mind impacts on both sporting performance and participation. Exercise physiology will introduce you to changes the body experiences as a result of physical activity, environmental stress and exercise. Biomechanics analyses the mechanics of human movement, while the sociology of sport will develop your understanding of the socio-cultural issues that can define and legitimise a particular sport.

There will be plenty of equipment for you to use as an aid to your studies. Exercise physiology equipment includes a climate chamber and blood analysers, while biomechanics equipment includes Watt bikes and Kistler force platforms. For a more complete list of the equipment that will be available to you, see the equipment section below.

Modules

Modules for this course are subject to change. For full up-to-date module details please see the course page on the university website.
Foundation year (Year 0) modules include:
Biology (core, 30 credits);
Chemistry (core, 30 credits);
Scientific Studies (core, 30 credits);
Foundation year project (sports) (core, 15 credits);
Foundations of Sports Science (core, 15 credits)

Year 1 modules include:

Essential Principals of Effective Coaching and Teaching (core, 15 credits)
Musculoskeletal Anatomy (core, 15 credits);
Human Physiology (core, 15 credits);
Professional Studies (core, 15 credits);
Introduction to Biomechanics (core, 15 credits);
Foundations of Sport Psychology (core, 15 credits);
Physiological Principals of Training (core, 15 credits);
Applied Sports Science (core, 15 credits)

Year 2 modules include:

Biomechanics of Human Movement (core, 15 credits);
Sociology of Effective Coaching and Teaching (option, 15 credits);
Sport Psychology: Controlling Individual Performance and Exercise (core, 15 credits);
Exercise Physiology (core, 15 credits);
Empowering London: Working Within the Community (option, 15 credits);
Environmental Exercise Physiology (core, 15 credits);
Biomechanical Applications (core, 15 credits);
Sports Science Research Methods (core, 15 credits);
Sport Psychology: Group Dynamics and Human Interaction (core, 15 credits)

Year 3 modules include:

Sports Science and Therapy Dissertation (core, 30 credits);
Coaching Pedagogy and Practical Application (core, 15 credits);
Personal Development for Coaching and Teaching (core, 15 credits);
Sport Psychology: Practical Application in the Real World (core, 15 credits);
Clinical Exercise Physiology (option, 15 credits);
Clinical Biomechanics (option, 15 credits);
Clinical and Exercise Physiology (option, 15 credits);
Sport Psychology and the Elite Athlete (core, 15 credits);
Business Development in Sport (option, 15 credits);
Empowering London: Working within the Community (option, 15 credits)

Assessment methods

Assessment consists of progress tests, online tests, coursework, practical reports, presentations, exams and a final year dissertation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£15,576
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,576
per year
International
£15,576
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£15,576
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Holloway

Department:

School of Human Sciences

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

60%
low
Sport and exercise sciences

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport and exercise sciences

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
67%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
53%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

62%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
56%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
66%
Male students
34%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
40%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
B
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sport & exercise science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
73%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

One of the fastest growing subjects in the country, the number of sports science graduates went from under 3,000 in 2003 to over 10,000 in 2013. Numbers have fallen slightly since 2015, but we still have over 9,000 graduates in the subject. However, the good news is the country's appetite for good health and fitness - and the adaptability of graduates in the subject - means that sports science grads are less likely than average to be out of work. Sports science graduates, not surprisingly, tend to get jobs in sport, fitness and health - coaching and teaching especially - but they're found all over the economy. Management and business are also popular options for graduates from this subject — and sports science graduates are particularly found where drive, determination and physical fitness are an advantage.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sport and exercise sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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