Northumbria University Newcastle - Sport Coaching BSc (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

Sport Coaching BSc (Hons)

From the playground to the world stage, coaches make a difference. If you want to help people at all levels and ages achieve their potential, this course is for you.

This is a course specifically for future coaches, teachers and sports educators. This specialisation means that you’ll have the skills, knowledge and understanding that may not be taught in a general sports degree.

You will be learning on some of the best campus sport facilities in the UK and rated Top 15 in the UK in Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018.

Learning from several staff who have been there and done it at National, International and World level, you’ll learn to inspire elite athletes, communities and young people through the power of sport.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

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Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications that may not match those shown above.

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English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

You will be encouraged to explore a range of career pathways throughout your degree and develop an understanding of contemporary ways of working within coaching by engaging with a range of employers, alumni and external agencies.  You will be given the opportunity and supported to engage with volunteering opportunities with our host employer links.  For example, each year we have several Newcastle United FC internships which offer a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight in to a Premier League football club, getting invaluable experience and contacts within this field.  

Students are further supported in their personal and professional development by the personal profiling process and in particular within modules such as ‘Professional Skills for Sport’ (Level 4), ‘Sport: Continued Professional Development’(Level 5) and a ‘Professional Development Through Sport’ module (Level 6) and a teaching preparation module (the latter two as options) your professional and personal skills will be developed in a variety of ways including CPD and placement opportunities giving you a chance to support your understanding and experience of professional contexts and roles.

Course Details

Successful coaches have to be driven and are constantly looking to improve. You’ll have a network around you that will support you at every step of your journey to becoming a high performing coach.

As part of your ongoing development you will learn how to analyse your own methods and continuously improve your approaches to coaching. You’ll learn through laboratory and coaching practicals, workshops and placement opportunities.

You’ll also learn from your fellow students. Almost all professional coaches work as part of a coaching team, and you’ll spend a lot of your course working alongside your peers and tutors giving each other advice and discussing your methods, philosophy and challenges.

This course incorporates a wide variety of assessment methods including: examinations; portfolios; essays and assignments; article critiques; workbooks; coaching reports; logbooks; case studies; oral presentations, project reports, coaching practical assessments, learning contracts; literature reviews; posters; and group assessments.

Year 1

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Academic and Professional Skills (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Research (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Sports Coaching (Core,20 Credits)
Long Term Athlete Development and Child Development (Core,20 Credits)
Introduction to Coaching Science (Core,20 Credits)
Social Issues and Sport Consumers (Core,20 Credits)

Year 2

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Sport Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)
Research Design and Analysis (Core,20 Credits)
Sport Performance Assessment (Core,20 Credits)
SER Professional Development and Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Extreme Physiology (Optional,20 Credits)
Introduction to Performance Analysis (Optional,20 Credits)
Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Optional,20 Credits)
Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport (PESS) (Optional,20 Credits)
Principles of Strength and Conditioning (Optional,20 Credits)
Physical Activity & Health (Optional,20 Credits)
Managing & Developing the Business of Sport (Optional,20 Credits)
Digital Sport & Business Marketing (Optional,20 Credits)
Analytics for Sport (Optional,20 Credits)
Coaching Skills and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Year 3

Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Sport Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)

Year 4

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)
Unilang - Languages for All - Level 6 Placeholder (Optional,20 Credits)
SER UG Project (Core,40 Credits)
Sport Performance Intervention Strategies (Core,20 Credits)
Human Movement Science (Optional,20 Credits)
Paediatric Sport and Exercise Science (Optional,20 Credits)
Physiological basis of training and performance (Optional,20 Credits)
Psychological Skills Training (Optional,20 Credits)
Sports and Exercise Medicine, Injury and Rehabilitation (Optional,20 Credits)
Talent Identification and High-Performance Sport (Optional,20 Credits)
Sport Event Management (Optional,20 Credits)
Applied Coaching of Individual Sports in an Educational Setting (Optional,20 Credits)
Global Sport Business and Management (Optional,20 Credits)
SER Professional & Career Development (Optional,20 Credits)
Health, Exercise and Behaviour Change (Optional,20 Credits)
Advanced Coaching Practice (Core,20 Credits)

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