Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? When you graduate from Buckinghamshire New University, you will have gained a qualification that demonstrates not just the skills you have learned but also how they could be applied in the workplace. With such a practical learning focus, what you learn in the classroom can be seen working for you in real time. Our course also allows you to really understand the theory behind the physiology, psychology and biomechanics of coaching from lecturers who have been involved in the world of coaching and elite sport. Our programme is more than just academic, you can get sports or work experience throughout the course either with your current role or through a performance pathway or organizations such as Sport for Kids. At BNU we also have great links with sports organizations – for example, we’re a Swim England National Performance Centre. This course also sets you up perfectly to go onto a top up degree and progress into a full undergraduate honour after an additional one year of study. The programme offers you an opportunity to combine academic study with workplace learning and gain experience in sports participation and competition. What facilities can I use? Whilst studying with us you can take advantage of our extensive sports facilities and activities. A wide range of sports and fitness classes take place in our large, versatile sports space on our High Wycombe Campus. Stretch and relax at Fitness Pilates, work your muscles with Reps and Sets, or squeeze in a quick H.I.I.T workout. The sports hall has a sprung floor that reduces the impact on ankle, knee and hip joints, and the space can be split so that several activities can take place at once. Specialist matting is available for activities such as judo and cheerleading. What will I study? This course will develop you as a sports coach, and as a coach your role extends beyond physical activity to the realm of emotional and psychological support, education and mentoring. We will develop your knowledge of the key aspects of sports coaching involving sports science, psychology, pedagogy and sociology. The course has a strong vocational focus, so you will be able relate the theory we teach in the classroom to the practice work you are undertaking both in work and sport competition. Our course focuses on the contextual and operational challenges facing the sport industry with an aim to develop you into a coach who engages with individuals, communities and organisations to promote participation opportunities, develop athletes, and contribute to the betterment of people’s lives through sport. It will help you to establish and maintain networks to organise and run sport events. You will learn how to create, implement and evaluate important sport policy related to health, wellbeing, and social inclusion. Coaching is an interesting and unique profession like no other and if you are interested in coaching or even just sports science in general, we encourage you to apply. Whether you simply want to learn more about the subject, are already working in sports or you have a specific plan you are working on, we can help you find the right mix of practical help and the correct theory to help you reach the next step of your journey with confidence. Career Prospects This course is ideal for those wishing to progress into a sport coaching or mentoring role. If you wanted to pursue a higher education qualification you will be well suited to pursue that through a top up degree programme. We will aid you in gaining coaching qualifications to help you become a sports coach. If you are currently a sport athlete and thinking about your future after sport, becoming a coach is a great way to future proof your career and continue in the sport that you love.
Sport Coaching Year one Core Introduction to Coaching Sport in Society Developing Professional Identity Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology Human Systems and Movement Introduction to Research in Sport Year two Core Coaching Pedagogy in Practice Applied Research Project Inclusive practice in Sport and Physical Activity Performance Analysis Working in Sport and Physical Activity Sports Coaching with Football Development Year one Core Introduction to Coaching Sport in Society Developing Professional Identity Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology Human Systems and Movement Introduction to Research in Sport Year two Core Coaching Pedagogy in Practice Applied Research Project Inclusive Practice in Sport and Physical Activity Performance Analysis Football Operations and Events Management Working in Football Development and Performance
This is a two-year foundation degree perfect for you if you already work, or would like to work, in the sports coaching sector. Our course also suits current performance athletes wanting to combine your sporting career with an academic coaching qualification. We will develop a greater knowledge of the key aspects of sports coaching: physiological, psychological and biomechanical. A significant aspect of the foundation degree is the strong vocational focus. You are encouraged to relate the theory we teach in the classroom to the practice work you are undertaking both in work and competition. Assessments could include something like designing, implementing and evaluating coaching programme’s and community initiatives, applying for funding, appraising policy, and reflecting on your practice. All modules will include time for assessment preparation; feedback on all assessments will place emphasis on progression and not negative outcomes. We aim to provide some insight into what you can learn from your assessments to help you in your future career. Our FDSc Sports Coaching programme gives you the opportunity to choose your specialism for your future career after you experience of the core curriculum in year one. Rather than having to make your big career decision before you join us, we introduce you to various specialisms and offer you the flexibility to choose the pathway which leads to your chosen career.
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