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Sports Science (Sports Coaching) BA (Hons)

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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 2 Years
UCAS Code:Pending
Campus Location: Bedford College

About the course

This foundation degree enables students to grasp a thorough understanding of three core subjects: anatomy and physiology, nutrition and sport psychology and then allows specialism in sports coaching.

As part of this course students will complete work experience and project-related unit which require the completion of a minimum of 40 hours of work experience per year.

Alongside the formal qualification, this foundation degree embeds commercially-recognised qualifications such as CYQ awards in fitness instructing, personal training, circuit training, sports conditioning and opportunities to achieve a range of level 1 coaching qualifications as well as the level 2 award in coaching studies.

The industry-recognised qualifications make this course distinctive and provides the students with the opportunity to find direct employment that can be both employed and self-employment as part of large organisations.

Students will attend college three days a week and will have the opportunity to learn through a range of practical and classroom-based methods.

Our partner colleges offer excellent teaching and learning resources for sport and strong links with local sports organisations. This foundation degree integrates academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between programme providers and employers and based on successful partnerships which provide distinct advantages to learners.

Relationships include Sport Bedford, Bedford Borough leisure centres (Fusion), Kempston Rovers Football Club, Bedford Blues Rugby Club, Bedford Bulls Basketball and Bedfordshire cricket. Partnerships have been made between the sports departments at the colleges and the sports development units of their borough councils.

These relationships will widen the opportunities for learners on the higher education programme allowing them to gain access to local community events, courses, employers and voluntary work that will strengthen their vocational experiences while studying.

 

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We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more.


Since London 2012 sport has been at the heart of the nations plans for a lasting legacy with a primary focus placed on improving grassroots sports participation in communities, giving elite athletes every chance to succeed at the highest level and creating a sporting habit for life in young people. The promotion of sport and exercise is also a core part of the governments strategies to improve the health of the nation (Ellison, 2015) and consequently there can be no more appropriate time to begin a career in Sports Coaching.

Our bespoke course in Sports Science (Sports Coaching) develops an underpinning knowledge of Sport Psychology and Anatomy and Physiology alongside vocational specific units that actively prepare you for a career in Sports Coaching. The course offers a mixture of practical, scientific, technical and business principles of learning to underpin a career in the sports industry by combining theory and practice together with the necessary skills required to be successful in the workplace. By applying such principles in a vocational context and understanding the appropriate methods of enquiry for this subject area you will gain a thorough understanding of the field and will enhance your employability skills.

Alongside the formal qualification, you will be given the opportunity to gain a selection of Level 1 Coaching qualifications within your coaching units that will aid your transition into the workplace. You will also be given the opportunity to obtain extra qualifications in additional, optional sessions and pay a registration fee if you wish to complete these as additional industry qualifications. These include:

  • YMCA Level 2 Award in Instructing Circuit Training Sessions
  • First Aid Qualification
  • Level 2 Award in Coaching Studies
  • Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning.

During Level 4 (first year) study there will also be an opportunity to complete an additional, optional full price 12 week teaching qualification in the evenings: City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training (formerly PTLLS).

During level 5 study (year 2) there will be an opportunity to complete an additional, optional full price 30 week teaching qualification in the evenings: Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS).

 


Units

  • Coaching For Participation (SPO054-1) Compulsory
  • Employment In The Sports Industry (SPO055-1) Compulsory
  • Functional Anatomy And Physiology (SPO057-1) Compulsory
  • The Fundamentals Of Sport And Exercise Psychology (SPO058-1) Compulsory
  • Management And Supervision In The Sports Industry (SPO070-2) Compulsory
  • Psychology Of Sport, Exercise And Health (SPO071-2) Compulsory

The foundation degree in Sports Science and Coaching has been designed to cater for the diverse student group that it recruits with an overall aim to prepare students to work in a range of cultural settings with adults, children and young people in Sport and Exercise. Each unit on the course contains a minimum of two assessments that take place/or are submitted at different points throughout the year. The assessments used are informed by the learning outcomes for each unit and will take a variety of different approaches. The range of assessment methods used will include essays, written reports, portfolios, case studies, practical assessments, oral presentations, phase tests and research projects. The assessments are deliberately diverse to reflect the individual needs of our students and in some instances may require you to access real life sport and exercise settings and conduct data collection. The range of assessment methods used allow you to present concepts and ideas in different formats and by doing so will develop a range of transferable communication skills which will be of great value in enhancing your eventual employability. As you progress to year 2, the assessment methods used will allow greater opportunities to demonstrate a depth of research and knowledge, this is particularly relevant within the Level 5 Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Health unit where you will be required to apply current knowledge to a vocationally relevant case study and in the Level 5 unit Exercise Physiology where you will complete a project that allows you to undertake research in areas that interest you. Assessment is an essential component of the Foundation Degree in Sport Science and Coaching and is used to: - Identify and evaluate your progress - Provide a means of delivering feedback to you - Enable you to demonstrate achievement - Enable measurement of your achievement - Enable staff to identify excellence in teaching Contribute to quality assurance procedures across the college and university All assessments will be undertaken as described in each units learning outcomes and will be both formative (e.g. computer based exercises, non-assessed presentations and class exercises) and summative (e.g. unseen and seen examinations, computer-based assessments, essays, practical reports, presentations and project reports). Staff will provide you with qualitative and quantitative feedback on the work that you do that will be constructive and identify areas for improved performance and development.
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Entry Requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

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Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

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This Degree could lead to employment in a wide range of sports coaching roles.

There may also be opportunities to work in Sports Development within local councils and with a range of other agencies/bodies and commercial sector employers.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2019/20 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

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How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student