Cardiff Metropolitan University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Cardiff Metropolitan University (Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd)

Youth Athletic Development (Taught)

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Course summary

The MSc Athletic Development postgraduate degree at Cardiff Met provides you with the underpinning knowledge and practical application within the fields of youth strength and conditioning. Throughout the programme you will explore the fundamental principles of youth development, including; growth and maturation, talent identification, and assessment and monitoring. Furthermore, students will study the science and application of developing fitness qualities in youth, covering topics such as athletic motor skill competency development, strength, power, and speed development, energy system development, and the pedagogical skills needed to deliver training programmes to youth populations. There are also modules dedicated to reducing injury risk in youth, and students will explore risk factor identification and programming to reduce injury risk. These core modules will combine a mix of remote online distance learning, and in-person sessions delivered during two one-week long on-campus periods during term 1 and 2 respectively. *Please note: Students will need to cover the cost of travel, accommodation and sustenance for the on-campus delivery Work-based learning is a key element of the programme, to enable you to apply your knowledge from the programme in real-world settings and to gain value experience to use as a foundation for future employment. This holistic approach to youth athletic development, delivered by world-class researchers and practitioners, will provide you with the knowledge and practical skills for future employment within the youth strength and conditioning sector.

Assessment method

The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is implemented for the specific module. Modes of assessment are designed to both enhance your learning experience and to acknowledge that you have fulfilled the learning outcomes linked to each module. Assessment also ensures that you have achieved the standard required to qualify for an award (as articulated by the FHEQ and CQFW). Assessments support your learning experience by providing opportunities for you to engage in formative and summative assessments to test your knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. Assessments used throughout the MSc Youth Athletic Development will include: written coursework presentations exams practical assessments other activities designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills You will be expected to complete a dissertation as part of your MSc, which will be a major piece of work, conducting original research. The nature of the MSc Youth Athletic Development programme requires students to demonstrate both theory (evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning) and application (practical coaching skills), and therefore assessments within modules include both theoretical assessments and discussions alongside practical assessments in applied settings.


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have one of the following: • An honours degree (2.1 or above) in a sport or exercise related area appropriate to the programme. • An honours degree (2.1 or above) in an alternative discipline area that is acceptable to the Programme Director. • Candidates with exceptional and extensive work experience in coaching, working within the health and fitness industry, sport science or exercise science will also be considered for entry to the programme Students are normally selected on the basis of their formal application, a CV and an interview.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £10250 Whole course
England £10250 Whole course
Northern Ireland £10250 Whole course
Scotland £10250 Whole course
Wales £10250 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Youth Athletic Development at Cardiff Metropolitan University - UCAS