This degree combines study of the rapidly expanding field of sport and exercise science, along with the more vocational area of coaching. You will approach coaching using scientific, evidence-based techniques. This will enable you to apply scientific sports principles to improve sports performance while developing vocational expertise.
This course offers a modular route to a full-honours degree combining sport science with coaching in a professional qualification. You will study the rapidly expanding field of Sport and Exercise Science along with the more vocational area of coaching.
The course aims to put the coaching on a scientific, evidence-based footing. This will enable you to apply scientific sport principles to coaching and improving sport performance. You will:
- develop vocationally-related expertise.
- prepare for a career in sports coaching.
Why choose this course?
You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
- a British Olympic Association (BOA) approved Environmental Chamber
- a Biomechanics and Performance Analysis Suite.
You will have the unique opportunity to leave the University with numerous coaching qualifications and awards. This is because our Sport and Lifestyle Department offers sports coaching opportunities.
- We also have British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) accredited physiologists and sport psychologists in our Sport Science Academic Team.
- NTU has been designated as a National Performance Centre by England Hockey. This is thanks to our superb sporting facilities, coaching staff and services.
What you'll study
You will develop knowledge and skills of performance and technique analysis through the following modules:
- Observational Analysis.
You will also pursue coaching and reflective practice in some depth. There will be a continuing emphasis on research methods in Year Two and Three and you can choose more advanced modules in Psychology, Physiology and Biomechanics to combine with the core coaching modules. You will also have the opportunity to take part in sporting activities and coaching, which will lead to nationally recognised coaching awards.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
Introduction to Sport and Exercise PhysiologyThis module provides the foundations of the key human systems (both anatomical and physiological) and their responses and adaptations to sport and exercise.
Foundations in Sport and Exercise PsychologyExamine the psychological consequences of engaging in sport and exercise, as well as the mental factors that impact on quality sport and exercise experiences.
Principles of BiomechanicsLearn about the theoretical and practical aspects of biomechanics relevant to understanding motion of the human body and the forces generated or experienced by the human body.
Principles of TrainingThis module provides essential information for working effectively and safely with the general population as well as special populations in a gym environment.
Exploring Coaching PracticeThe aim of this module is to facilitate and encourage exploration of areas within the academic discipline of coaching and begin to make links between and inform coaching practice.
Introduction to ResearchGet an overall perspective of the research process in the context of sport, exercise, health and leisure management, and learn the research skills necessary to successfully complete your studies.
Observational Analysis for SportLearn the key concepts, skills and techniques for observational analysis of sports, including match analysis, motion analysis and techniques analysis.
Training Principles to PracticeYou will have the opportunity to gain the industry recognised Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) Level 3 award. You can choose the Personal Training or Exercise Referral pathways.
Applying Coaching Theory to Practice
This module facilitates and encourages further exploration of topics within coaching, and develops the academic skills necessary to relate the study to coaching as a profession.
Practice in Coaching You will further develop your experience of coaching and reflective practice through practical coaching activities; classroom-based learning, and a short coaching placement.
Choose two modules from:
Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
The module aims to outline, both theoretically and practically, how the bodies' structures and functions are altered by bouts of physical exercise, and how these concepts can be applied to training in order to enhance exercise tolerance and sport performance.
Practical Applications in Sport and Exercise Psychology
In this module, students develop the principles from Foundations in Sport and Exercise Psychology and relate them to sport, coaching, management and exercise contexts.
This module builds on the basic Biomechanical principles introduced through the Level 1 module Principles of Biomechanics.
Placement year for sandwich students. Please see our excellent placement opportunities section.
Current Topics in Sports CoachingUsing a variety of learning activities you will develop your ability to effectively manage the uncertainty and complexity involved with disciplines of coaching.
Advanced Coaching PracticeFurther develop your coaching practice by drawing upon current understanding and critical evaluation of a range of topics within the disciplines of coaching and sport science.
Sport Project and DissertationYou will produce an original and independent piece of work in a specialist area of sport science, coaching, exercise science or sport and leisure management depending on your focus of study.
Choose one module from:
Strength, Power and Endurance for Sport and ExerciseThe module typically focuses on six topics related to applied exercise physiology and strength and conditioning research.
Applied BiomechanicsThe aim of this module is to address in the context of biomechanics how to improve and or optimise human performance and to understand how human performance can be affected by or result in dysfunction.
Choose one further module from:
Sport and Exercise NutritionThis module aims to provide the fundamental knowledge and understanding, underpinning the relationship between nutrition and exercise performance.
Environmental Sports PhysiologyThis module intends to outline some of the physiological adaptations that occur when the human body is exposed to an extreme environment.
Advanced Topics in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Students will become familiar with selected areas such as motivational climate, athletic identity, mental toughness, psychology of injury and morality in sport and the emphasis of this module will be placed on current primary research.
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Careers and employability
Your career development
You will develop and apply a range of essential, transferable management skills that are greatly respected by employers.
Recent graduates from our Sports Science degrees have gone onto work in the following roles:
- Fitness First - personal trainer
- Excel Sport Coaching - manager / coach
- The University Of Leicester - rugby development officer
- The University Of East Anglia - fitness adviser
- Saracens LTD Rubgy Club - strength and conditioning assistant
- GB Canoeing - athlete
- Coventry City Football Club - academy analyst.
Graduate salaries range from £10,000 - £30,000 per year.
On successful completion of the course, many graduates choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.
Excellent placement opportunities
Throughout your time with us you will have many opportunities to put theory into practice, gain valuable experience and develop the skills that will prepare you for the career of your choice.
You have the option to undertake a one year work placements in industry. On successful completion you will gain an additional award - the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.
In addition, you will undertake research and consultancy projects with a host of leading sport and leisure organisations, providing you with invaluable industry experience. These include:
- British Olympic Association
- Nottingham Rugby Club
- England Hockey
- Nottingham Forest Football Club
- Derby Rugby Club
- British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences.