This course gives students knowledge and understanding of the facts, concepts and theories in a range of sports-related disciplines as they affect physical education. We provide you with the opportunity to learn about physical education in a historical and social context and in relation to the National Curriculum. This should prepare you for pursuing further qualifications for a career in physical education teaching or a related area. (NB: This course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status).Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 320 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels and 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification but will also be accepted from candidates offering 3 A-levels or 4 A-levels. (Typical offer BBC, including a science or social science subject or PE, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects, including a science or social science subject.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers or from 3 Advanced Highers and 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Society, Health and Development, including an A-level in a science, social science or physical education subject for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a sport or a science subject or DMM plus 1 A-level or AS-level.BTEC National Certificate DD in a sport or a science subject and up to 2 A-levels or AS-levels.IB Diploma 32 points.OCR National Extended Diploma D2/M1 in Sport.Access Pass. Access and mature students who have had substantial and relevant employment or experience are encouraged to apply.
5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English, mathematics and double or triple science.
A commitment to sport or exercise is expected from all applicants.Duration of course If your participation in and training requirements for high level sporting competition increase, it may be possible to switch to part-time study.Course AimsThe sport sciences courses offered aim to provide you with an understanding of the scientific basis of sport performance, the factors influencing personal and social behaviour in sport and physical education, and the significance of private and public issues in sport and physical education.
We help you to develop your knowledge and understanding of selected sports as well as an insight into the application of research to performance and we interrogate recent and topical developments and conflicting values and ideas about sport.
These orientations are reflected in one or more of the many modules on offer from which you can select in order to construct your own tailor-made route through your course. The flexibility of our courses allows you to delay some decisions and to keep your career choices open well into your second year.Course ContentAll our undergraduate courses are modular. Full-time students study a set number of modules (normally 120 credits) each year. To obtain an Honours degree, you complete 120 credits at each level of study, including a 40-credit Dissertation at Level 3.
Our BSc Honours degree in Sport Sciences offers important foundational knowledge at Level 1 and more advanced specialist knowledge at Levels 2 and 3. At Level 1 all students study a broad range of sport sciences subjects after which you follow the programme that you have selected according to your particular interests and career aspirations.
One of your options is to continue to follow a multidisciplinary route through your course. The modules available are listed below with core modules are indicated . You are required to take qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis at Level 2 and the dissertation at Level 3. All non-core modules are optional. Typical ModulesLevel 1Technique, Analysis and Application in Sport and Physical Education
Sociology of Sport
Foundations of Sport and Exercise Performance
The Psychology of Personal Development and Sport
Coaching and the Management of Sport
Analytical Skills in Sport and Physical Activity Level 2Qualitative and Quantitative methods of Analysis (Core)
Training Applications for Sports Coaches
Research and Application in Sport Psychology: A Group Dynamics Perspective
Biomechanical Analysis of Sport
Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
Sport and International Development
Sport, Physical Education and Discrimination
Performance Studies in Physical Education and Sport
Promoting SportLevel 3
Major Project (core)
Advanced Sport Coaching
Applied Sport Psychology: an individual differences perspective
Physiology of the High Performance Athlete
Biomechanical Analysis Techniques
Interdisciplinary Studies of Physical Education and Sport
Sport, Globalisation and International Politics
Exercise in Special Populations
Sport, Physical Education and Ethics
The Nation and SportDissertation (40 credits - Core)
The final year project comprises an individual research-based dissertation within a specific area of Sport Sciences.Teaching and LearningHow will we maximise your learning?
Throughout your time as a student there will be a strong emphasis on active and independent learning. The development of independent study skills is facilitated through, for example, set reading, student-led seminars, group tasks and presentations, laboratory work, self-testing, and culminates in the writing of the final year dissertation.
In order to maximise your learning opportunities, we are committed to providing you with access to high quality resources (including those designed for students with special needs) and the best possible learning environment.
We will introduce you to the services provided by the Library and by the Computer Centre as part of your induction programme and give you a library card, username and password allowing you unlimited access throughout your period of study to the library resources, the University intranet, email and the World Wide Web. How will we teach you?Teaching excellence is given a very high priority. Our teaching is enhanced by staff scholarship, research and involvement in sport performance and with national/international agencies and organisations.
We constantly review our teaching methods in response to students' end-of-module feedback. Developing innovative learning and teaching methods, including 'virtual laboratories' and use of the internet is an ongoing process. Lectures
Lectures take place in a relatively formal setting. They aim to impart information and provide you with a framework and the stimulation for independent study. You are encouraged to take notes to maximise this learning opportunity. SeminarsSeminars are an integral part of the teaching process in sport sciences and are where lecture material is examined in more detail, or theoretical concepts and/or data are analysed and discussed in small groups. They give you the opportunity to engage with members of staff and other students to a greater extent than is possible in a lecture setting. Tutorials
All our members of academic staff have published office hours during which time they are available to discuss academic matters relating to specific modules. Individual or small group tutorials are integral to a specific module, eg, the dissertation module. PracticalsPractical classes are designed to give you hands-on experience of some of the experimental techniques relevant to particular sport sciences disciplines. They often give you the opportunity to use laboratory and field equipment while working with human subjects in order to collect, analyse, interpret, and present your results in an appropriate format. Importantly, there are sport performance-based classes, where the emphasis is on linking theory with practice. Computer-assisted sessionsComputer-assisted sessions are used to teach quantitative data analysis methods during which you will be given the chance to practise analytical methods in a computer laboratory, equipped with sufficient terminals to allow everyone hands-on experience.
Many of the laboratory practical sessions in physiology and biomechanics also incorporate the use of information technology in data collection, analysis and computer simulation. How will we assess your progress?
Your progress will be assessed in a variety of ways. Assessment procedures include individual and group project work, essays, case studies, oral presentations, practical vivas, laboratory report writing and computer-based tests.
End-of-term formal written examinations frequently form at least part of the assessment of a module and may include a number of elements, for example, multiple choice, written essays, short answer and data analysis questions. How will we support and guide you?Should you choose to study at Brunel you will be guided and supported from the admissions stage onwards. On entry to the University you will be given a personal tutor who is available to give advice about any matter within their capacity.
They can also point you in the right direction should you need more specialist help, for example, counselling, medical treatment, dyslexia support. The tutor-student relationship normally lasts the whole of the three-year period of your degree course. Hence on completing your degree and entering the world of work, there will be a member of staff ideally placed to write you an academic and character reference. AssessmentEach subject employs a range of assessment methods, including course work, individual projects, oral presentations, group projects, written examinations and practicals. Practicals include sports lab work and your performance on the field of play. Emphasis is placed on active involvement in learning.