This course focuses on developing informed and knowledgeable sport coaches who are able to perform in a wide range of environments and contexts. You will be introduced to the scientific aspects of coaching, such as anatomy, physiology and movement analysis. You will explore a range of health and fitness techniques, and will learn ways to analyse human movement. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to use our high-quality sports and exercise facilities. You will also study the pedagogical aspects of coaching including coaching styles, coaching pedagogy/practice and employability. This will ensure that you are able to communicate effectively with performers and get the very best from them.
You will also spend time learning about the other ways in which a coach can support a performer inside and outside of the sport so that they are able to achieve to the highest standard. You will leave the course with a broad a skill set that can be applied to different coaching and teaching situations.
All students on this course engage in coaching opportunities in the University, local authorities, clubs and schools. This will allow you to put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have developed over the course of your studies. Previous students have completed placements at Fulham FC and Wimbledon Athletics Club.
The government and the sporting community aspire to transform coaching into a graduate profession and to make the United Kingdom into the leader in coaching and coach education by 2020. This course is part of making that a reality. If you study this degree you will develop appreciation of the role of the professional coach and an understanding of the qualities needed to coach effectively at a range of levels and with different performers.
During your first year, you will focus on the theory behind sport coaching, and how a coach develops sessions to maximise learning and performance. You will also gain core skills that will provide a firm foundation for your degree. You will also be introduced to fundamental physiological systems and how training affects these systems, as well as Biomechanics.
In your second year, you will build on and put into practice what you have already learnt. You will also spend time looking at the support system that surrounds performers, including how you as a coach can help them inside and outside of the sport so that they can achieve. Current modules available include Sport and Exercise Physiology.
During your final year, you will continue to develop your skills and apply the theoretical and practical knowledge you have gained over the last two years and apply it to a work context. You will also learn how to establish a self-employed status within the world of sport coaching, as well gaining a firm understanding of the professional framework of practice and ethics of the coaching profession.