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BSc (Hons)

Sport Science and Coaching

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Year Of Entry

2021
  • UCAS code(s): CX61 (full-time) / 350N (with placement)
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: Three years full-time


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You can’t become a great coach without doing it for real. At NTU, we’ll give you lots of opportunities to do just that. Thanks to our fantastic links with NTU sports clubs, junior teams and local sport organisations, you’ll get to  experience coaching at every level.

You’ll be exploring why coaching is as important for professional sport as it is at grassroots level; and you will develop an understanding of what makes an effective coach. This will all be backed up with developing your core knowledge of sport science.

The course provides opportunities to get involved in a research and consultancy project, all benefiting from our strong connections with a host of leading sport and leisure organisations. These include Nottingham Rugby Club, England Hockey and Nottingham Forest Football Club.

This degree combines study of the rapidly expanding field of sport and exercise science, along with the more vocational area of coaching. You will approach coaching using scientific, evidence-based techniques. This will enable you to apply scientific sports principles to improve sports performance while developing vocational expertise.

Why choose this course?

You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:

  • a British Olympic Association (BOA) approved Environmental Chamber
  • a Biomechanics and Performance Analysis Suite.

You will have the unique opportunity to leave the University with numerous coaching qualifications and awards. This is because our Sport and Lifestyle Department offers sports coaching opportunities.

  • We also have British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited physiologists and sport psychologists in our Sport Science Academic Team.
  • NTU has been designated as a National Performance Centre by England Hockey. This is thanks to our superb sporting facilities, coaching staff and services.

What you'll study

You will develop knowledge and skills of performance and technique analysis through the following modules:

  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Observational Analysis.

You will also pursue coaching and reflective practice in some depth. There will be a continuing emphasis on research methods in Year Two and Three and you can choose more advanced modules in Psychology, Physiology and Biomechanics to combine with the core coaching modules. You will also have the opportunity to take part in sporting activities and coaching, which will lead to nationally recognised coaching awards.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology

    This module provides the foundations of the key human systems (both anatomical and physiological) and their responses and adaptations to sport and exercise.

    Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Examine the psychological consequences of engaging in sport and exercise, as well as the mental factors that impact on quality sport and exercise experiences.

    Principles of Biomechanics

    Learn about the theoretical and practical aspects of biomechanics relevant to understanding motion of the human body and the forces generated or experienced by the human body.

    Sport, Culture and Society: a Critical Introduction

    Explore the importance of the social sciences in the understanding of sport and in the education of every sports professional.

    Exploring Coaching Practice

    The aim of this module is to facilitate and encourage exploration of areas within the academic discipline of coaching and begin to make links between and inform coaching practice.

    Introduction to Research

    Get an overall perspective of the research process in the context of sport, exercise, health and leisure management, and learn the research skills necessary to successfully complete your studies.
  • Year Two

    Core modules:

    Coaching Science

    You will devise and implement a coaching programme, drawing upon theory from your other modules.

    Applying Coaching Theory to Practice

    This module facilitates and encourages further exploration of topics within coaching, and develops the academic skills necessary to relate the study to coaching as a profession.

    Research Design and Analysis

    Using enquiry based learning, you will continue to learn about the research process and gain an understanding and experience of how research is conducted within the field of sport and exercise science.

    Choose three optional modules:

    Choose one or two from:

    Practical Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    This module introduces the concept of evidence-based practice, and frameworks of assessment, intervention and evaluation to address issues in sport, coaching, social and exercise psychology.

    Sociology of Sport, Health and the Body

    Develop a critical understanding of the active body in society by connecting key theories and concepts with personal experiences, professional challenges, and popular cultural examples.

    Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology

    Through both theoretical and practical study you will learn how the body’s structures and functions are altered by bouts of physical exercise, and how these concepts can be applied to training.

    Choose one or two from:

    Observational Analysis for Sport

    Learn the key concepts, skills and techniques for observational analysis of sports, including match analysis, motion analysis and techniques analysis.

    Experimental Biomechanics

    This module builds on the basic Biomechanical principles introduced through the Level 1 module Principles of Biomechanics.

  • Optional placement year

    Optional year-long work placement.  If you are not taking a placement, you will progress directly to your final year in year three.

  • Final year

    Core modules:

    Advanced Coaching Practice

    Further develop your coaching practice by drawing upon current understanding and critical evaluation of a range of topics within the disciplines of coaching and sport science.

    Sport Project and Dissertation

    You will produce an original and independent piece of work in a specialist area of sport science, coaching, exercise science or sport and leisure management depending on your focus of study.

    Choose three optional modules:

    Choose one from:

    Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Sport: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

    This module seeks to situate sport within a broad consideration of global processes, practices and consequences.

    Sport, Exercise and the Brain

    You'll explore how psychological factors, such as self-control, affect exercise adherence and sporting performance. Additionally, you will examine how physical activity and exercise affect psychophysiological outcomes, such as cognitive function and mental health.

    Strength, Power and Endurance for Sport and Exercise

    The module typically focuses on six topics related to applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning research.

    Exercise Testing and Prescription for Health

    This module will cover elements such as general principles of exercise testing and prescription, paediatric conditions, geriatric conditions and gender specific conditions.

    Choose one from:

    Child and Adolescent Growth, Health and Performance

    This module will describe and critically evaluate the processes of growth and development in humans, and the potential impact of these on the current (and future) health and performance of the growing child and adolescent.

    Applied Biomechanics

    The aim of this module is to address in the context of biomechanics how to improve and or optimise human performance and to understand how human performance can be affected by or result in dysfunction.

    Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology

    Students will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport and the emphasis of this module will be placed on current primary research.

    Choose one from:

    Motor Control and Skill Acquisition

    This module outlines how human movement and motor programs are initiated, controlled, learned, taught and performed.

    Challenging Critical Issues in Sport

    You'll analyse complex problems such as sports injury, drug use in sport and inequality and develop potential solutions using positive social changes.

    Environmental Sports Physiology

    This module intends to outline some of the physiological adaptations that occur when the human body is exposed to an extreme environment.

    Illness and Injury in Sport and Exercise

    Investigate injury management and illnesses that occur in sport and exercise. You'll examine the epidemiology, mechanisms and risk factors and the use of strategies to avoid and lessen the occurrence of sports injuries and illnesses.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

You will have around 12 hours of scheduled contact time per week. This will take the form of:

  • traditional lectures and seminars
  • practical workshops
  • external visits.

The remainder of your time will be self-guided independent study. You will be assessed using a variety of methods including:

  • coursework (assignments, dissertation, group projects, case studies)
  • practical (oral presentations, practical competencies tests)
  • written (exams)

Assessment methods

Year 1 coursework (58%), written (25%) and practical (17%)

Year 2 coursework (73%), written (17%) and practical (10%)

Year 3 coursework (83%), written (4%) and practical (13%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%) and independent study (74%)

Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (18%) and independent study (82%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Your career development

You will develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly respected by employers.
Recent graduates from our Sports Science degrees have gone onto work in the following roles:

  • Fitness First – personal trainer
  • Excel Sport Coaching – manager / coach
  • The University Of Leicester – rugby development officer
  • The University Of East Anglia – fitness adviser
  • Saracens LTD Rubgy Club – strength and conditioning assistant
  • GB Canoeing – athlete
  • Coventry City Football Club – academy analyst.

Graduate salaries range from £10,000 – £30,000 per year.

On successful completion of the course, many graduates choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Placements

NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.

On this course, after your second year, you will have the opportunity to take a year's work placement (sandwich placement). This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. You're also twice as likely to secure a graduate job within six months if you take a work placement.

Our recent Engineering students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including Nottingham Forest Academy and Arsenal Football Club. They secured varied roles such as Performance Analyst, Trainee Sport Scientist and Assistant Football Coach.

You'll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Diploma in Professional Practice.

Find out more about work placements.

Throughout your time with us you will have many opportunities through the placement and consultancy projects to put theory into practice and gain valuable experience and develop the skills that will prepare you for the career of your choice.

In addition, you will undertake research and consultancy projects with a host of leading sport and leisure organisations, providing you with invaluable industry experience. These include:

  • British Olympic Association
  • Nottingham Rugby Club
  • England Hockey
  • Nottingham Forest Football Club
  • Derby Rugby Club
  • British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including Physical Education or a Science subject* and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma** – DMM, including relevant Physical Education of Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

* We will accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Sport Studies or Psychology

** If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

  • If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including Physical Education or a Science subject* and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma** – DMM, including relevant Physical Education of Science modules; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level equivalent in Physical Education or a Science subject and excluding Critical Thinking and General Studies; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.
  • * We will accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Sport Studies or Psychology

    ** If you are applying with a BTEC Extended Certificate (previously BTEC Subsidiary Diploma) you will also need an A-level in a science subject or equivalent.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see our website or UCAS Course Search for more details.

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course, you can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.  If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30.

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

What do the course fees cover?

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £30.

There will be a £30 exam fee for students taking REPS qualifications.

Still need help?

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