This course focuses on the development of practical approaches to coaching. You are introduced to the scientific aspects of coaching, such as anatomy, physiology, movement analysis, nutrition and coaching styles. The government and the sporting community aspire to develop coaching as a graduate profession and to make the UK the leader in coaching and coach education by 2020. Therefore, on successful completion of the Foundation programme, you have the opportunity to progress to a BA Honours degree and will have had the opportunity to further your understanding of the coaching process and to gain sport-specific coaching qualifications.
Taught sessions will be based around work-based coaching commitments and will include twilight and weekend sessions.
- Module 1: Coaching Process – introductory module – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
- Module 2: Science of Coaching – anatomy/physiology, movement analysis and nutrition – 40 credits (72 taught hours)
- Module 3: Coaching Pedagogy – 40 credits (72 taught hours)
- Module 4: Work-based Reflective Practice – 20 credits
- Module 1: Applied Coaching Process – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
- Module 2: Applied Coaching Science – 40 credits (72 taught hours)
- Module 3: Applied Coaching Pedagogy – 40 credits (72 taught hours)
- Module 4: Research of Coaching Practice – 20 credits
The course will follow the same design in both years with module 4 running across the year, module 1 running from September to December and modules 2 and 3 running in parallel from January to June.
Top Up Year – BA Honours Degree
- Module 1: Psychology of Coaching – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
- Module 2: Advanced Coaching Principles – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
- Module 3: Entrepreneurship in Coaching – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
- Module 4: Analytical Work Based Reflective – 20 credits (36 taught hours)
- Module 5: Special Project – 40 credits
The figure of taught hours is a guide and students will be required to commit further learning time through reading and application beyond the taught elements of the course.
Each of the eight modules has a credit value, referred to as CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) credits. In Year 1, 120 credits at Level 1 must be gained from successful completion of the prescribed modules. In year 2, a further 120 credits must be gained, making a total of 240 credits. Students who have accumulated the full 240 credits will qualify for the FDA in Sports Coaching Practice and will then have the option to progress to an Honours degree in coaching or associated programmes. This involves completing and passing 120 credits to achieve an Honours degree.
Students will be visited regularly at their place of employment and will be assigned a Personal Tutor to support their progress.
- Lynn, A. (2010) Effective Sports Coaching: A practical Guide. Wiltshire: Crowood Press
- Robinson, P. E. (2010) Foundations of Sports Coaching. Oxon: Routledge
The University's Sport Roehampton Performance Centre is the best laboratory of its type in London and includes a climatic chamber and automated motion-capture systems. The Centre for Scientific and Cultural Research in Sport (CSCRS) has particular research strengths in the areas of biomechanics, physiology and neurophysiology. The University Library has excellent resources for the study of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Coaching is becoming a highly professional career and gaining knowledge, understanding and qualifications in the area will enhance prospects for employment and promotion.