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Wrexham University

UCAS Code: 6M0Q | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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About this course

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Sports coaching

Why choose this course?

Our football coaching and performance degree has been designed to develop and enhance your current knowledge, reshape and update existing knowledge and provide an in-depth exploration of sports science within the game.

The course:

- Is designed in partnership with the Football Association of Wales (FAW)

- Offers a plethora of industry-recognised qualifications including the FAW C Certificate and FAW/UEFA B Licence.

- Benefits from UEFA qualified coach educators and our academic team to provide students with support to develop personally, professionally and academically.

- Has key links with the football clubs and associations, such as Wrexham AFC and the FAW Trust, to develop your industry knowledge and gain valuable applied experience.

- Provides additional opportunities with Educational partners such as the International Soccer Science and Football Federation (ISSPF) and Achieve More Training to enhance your CV and coaching profile.

- Includes sessions at the FAW National Football Development Centre, Colliers Park, which is complete with our performance analysis suite and full-sized FIFA quality 3G football pitch.

- *This course is part of a subject area rated 4th in the UK and 1st in Wales for teaching satisfaction in the Sports Science subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2023.

Key course features:
- You will work towards a FAW (Level 2) C Certificate and (Level 3) FAW/UEFA B coaching licences as part of your degree, giving you additional qualifications that enhance employability.

- Lecturers are research-active and UEFA accredited, which means that the curriculum is engaging, current and relevant.

- The dynamic lecture environment supports and challenges you to enhance and develop your understanding of the role of sports science within football.

- Excellent student support from approachable staff that will support you on a journey that takes you from personal development in the early part of your degree to professional development as you progress through the course.

- You have the opportunity to gain applied experience working within a variety of football settings. Extensive links with partners will provide you with the opportunity to develop vocational and industry-relevant skills.

- You will have access to the FAW National Football Development Centre, Colliers Park, which is complete with our performance analysis suite and full-sized FIFA quality 3G football pitch.

- The British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited laboratory.

- *This course is part of a subject area rated 4th in the UK and 1st in Wales for teaching satisfaction in the Sports Science subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2023.

Modules

What you will study

Our football coaching degree enables you to develop practical coaching skills and an understanding of the coaching process at a youth and senior level. You'll also develop an understanding of the extended elements of the coaching process, including how individual players and teams are prepared physiologically and psychologically to participate in football.

Modules are taught weekly and this will allow you to link academic theory to football practice. As you progress through the degree you'll develop the personal, professional and academic skills required to personalise your learning to match your future career ambitions.

Throughout the degree, you will enhance your coaching profile by completing football-specific industry-recognised qualifications such as the FAW C Certificate and the FAW/UEFA B Licence.

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)
MODULES

Football Coaching for Player Development (20 Credits): Within this module, we will look to develop and enhance your coaching skills and introduce you to the theory that underpins contemporary practice within the football player development industry.

Introduction to Performance Analysis in Football (20 Credits): The role of performance analysis in football is more important than ever and this module will provide you with an introduction to how it is applied and used within football.

Football Coaching and Community Development (20 Credits): Within this module, you will explore how we can use football as a driver to enhance and develop our communities and specific population groups.

Introduction to Sport Science in Football (20 Credits): The aim of this module is for you to gain an understanding of the role of sports science within the applied football environment.

Human Behaviour in Sport (20 Credits): This module aims to introduce you to the essential models and theories appropriate for understanding human behaviour in a sports setting.

Academic Discovery within the Sports Sciences (20 credits): This module investigates qualitative and quantitative approaches to researching sports science disciplines.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)
MODULES

Football Coaching to Enhance Performance (20 Credits)
Applied Performance Analysis in Football (20 Credits)
Football Science: The Physical Performance of Players (20 Credits)
Football Applied Practice: Sports Placement (20 Credits)*
The Football Industry (20 credits)**
Applying Principles of Sport Psychology (20 Credits)
Applied Research Methods (20 Credits)

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)
MODULES

Advanced Football Coaching and Performance (Core Module 40 Credits)
The Football Industry: Work-Based Learning (Optional Module 20 Credits)*
The Football Industry: Enhancing Your Employability (Optional Module 20 Credits)**
Independent Discovery (Core Module 40 Credits)
Applied Sport and Performance Psychology (Optional Module 20 Credits)
Analysing Performance for Improvement (Optional Module 20 Credits)

*module for non-International students

**module for International students

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Teaching & Assessment

A wide range of assessment methods will be used to test your knowledge and understanding. These include practical assessments, examinations, essays, portfolios, reports, presentations, online discussions and case study evaluations.

You will be assessed on your ability to analyse coaching activities, use specialist video software, undertake field-based work and conduct independent research.

You will be expected to complete a dissertation as part of your final assessment.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

The Uni

Course locations:

Wrexham

Wrexham (Main Campus)

Department:

School of Social and Life Sciences

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What students say

How do students rate their degree experience?

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Sport and exercise sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
89%
Male students
11%
Female students
29%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation

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Sport and exercise sciences

What are graduates doing after six months?

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100%
high
Employed or in further education
41%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

36%
Sports and fitness occupations
14%
Other elementary services occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

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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.

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