Sports Coaching BSc (Hons) Top Up (available from 2020 entry)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
Code: EH3551A19
Fees: View fees and financial information
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: september 2019
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Overview

Our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching (Top up) is designed for students who have successfully completed the FdSc Sports Coaching or students who hold a foundation degree or HND in Sports Coaching, Sports Science or a releated subject area, to top up their qualification to honours level. This is through an additional period of one year full-time study or two years part-time study.

Validated by the University of South Wales, our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching (Top up) is designed specifically for students who wish to move on to higher level positions in sports coaching and performance, sports development or physical education. 

Our BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching (Top up) is distinctive in that a range of employers and industry experts have been consulted in the creation of the programme. The course will develop your skills in a range of disciplines and has a large focus on developing you as both a critical thinker and a researcher. The course provides you with the opportunity to develop your coaching skills, knowledge and performance and well as increasing your understanding of the coaching process. You will be encouraged to engage in high level applied sports theory and practice and through a variety of lectures, seminars and practical sessions you will develop your knowledge of current thinking within the field of sports coaching.  The overarching taught themes will allow you to succeed in Sports Coaching within any sport.  You will have the opportunity to experience coaching in a large array of sports such as football, hockey, basketball, netball, cricket and many more.

Guest speakers including athletes, professional industry coaches and industry specialists will also contribute to the programme to give you real insight into this exciting and dynamic industry.

What will I study?

You will be required to complete five modules as part of the programme including Applied Sports Coaching, Elite Sport Performance and Creatively Teaching Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing.  You will also complete a dissertation as part of the course which will enable you to specialise in an area of your choice through consultation with your dissertation supervisor. 

This degree offers module options in order for you to tailor the programme to suit your future career ambitions. It is a key component of each module to promote independent and critical learning and assessments are designed in a way that will enable you to develop your own ideas in your chosen area of interest.  At Level 6 you will undertake a core set of mandatory and optional modules.

Throughout the programme you will have the opportunity to work with a range of people from different sporting backgrounds with a wide range of experiences including your peers, the lecturers, a range of specialist employers within the community and guest speakers.

During the programme you will find that there are some additional costs. These include:

£100 (estimated cost) of the Sports Uniform to be worn by all Sports degree students.

You will also have the optional opportunity to access a variety of UKCC coaching awards.  These do incurr an additional cost and can range from £150 to £800 dependent upon the coaching award you choose.

Level 6 Modules (there are 3 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules as indicated by* of which you can choose 2) include:

  • Dissertation
  • Applied Sports Coaching
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Critical Issues in Sports Coaching and Leadership*
  • Elite Sports Performance*
  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Development*
  • Creatively Teaching Physical Education, Health and Wellbeing*

Optional Modules

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.  If an optional module will not be run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need to have gained our FdSc Sports Coaching or have a HND or Foundation Degree in a relevant subject area such as Sports Coaching or Sports Science. You’ll also need to demonstrate the ability to study at this higher level and have a high level of English skills for the successful completion of the course.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a full range of assessment techniques will be used. You could be assessed by examinations, including open-book examinations, practical assessments, assignments, briefs, essays, presentations (including group presentations), reports and portfolio building. 

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Timetables

We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

Some of the potential careers that this course can lead on to include work as an elite coach, performance analysis roles in a range of settings, sports development, community coaching, research roles and teaching in a variety of levels: Schools, Further Education or Higher Education for example, subject to the completion of an appropriate Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).