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BSc Honours Degree in Sports Coaching (Third Year)

This is the third and final year of the BSc Honours Degree in Sports Coaching. Students will be taught on site and will complete four residential weeks at Colchester Insititute to enhance their skills and knowledge further. Students will build on all of the knowledge and skills they have developed over the first two years to study units at an advanced level.

Over the course of the year students will study the following units:


Research Methodologies in Sport (20 Credits)


This module will deepen your knowledge of research by investigating a wider range of research approaches and methods to research. A number of different areas related to research methodology and the approaches to presenting data will be discussed.


Participants are invited to explore the types of questions that might be asked, and answered, by educational research and to evaluate what the implications of these questions for designing research are, as well as engaging or even influencing policy and practice.


The role of the researcher, her/his relationship with the research participants, and the ethical dimensions of this will be key considerations.  The learners will be able to progress their research in more depth via a research project evidencing an increased understanding of different methodologies and data presentation techniques.



Planning and Performance Management (20 Credits)


This module is intended to provide you with an understanding of management concepts and sports development strategy in the United Kingdom.


The key areas to be investigated will include Government’s influence on sport and an understanding of the key agencies acting on its behalf.


You will gain a working knowledge of the work processes and influences on the production, implementation and evaluation of a Sports Development Strategy.


The production of work programmes for Sports Development Officers and the application of relevant performance indicators and measures will also be analysed.


The module will include an exploration of the relevant strategies affecting the planning and performance process of Sports development strategy.



Performance Coaching (20 Credits)


This module is intended to provide you with an understanding of the influences and issues affecting high performance coaching for performance and elite athletes.


Areas you will investigate will include the environment in which the coaching of performance and elite athletes takes place, coaching practice, planning for competition and the analysis of coaching.



Nutrition, Lifestyle and Health for Athletes (20 Credits)


This module will cover lifestyle, health and nutrition considerations of athletes both from the athlete and coach perspective.


Athlete’s lifestyle is of increasing importance and consideration of an athlete’s transitions, choices and pressures surrounding them can affect their wellbeing and health. Therefore this module will explore some of the key aspects in an athlete’s lifestyle both related to their sport and performance and externally.


The module progresses onto consider key nutritional issues for athletes and the main energy providing food groups. The requirements and problems encountered by different athletic groups will be discussed, with some basic remedies as an outcome. Whilst considering other topics such as menu planning and nutritional assessment gaining information which will help to ensure that diets and interventions are nutritionally balanced and can support athletic performance.



Dissertation (40 Credits)


The aim of the dissertation is to give the student an opportunity to conduct a sizeable piece of research into an area of sport coaching and management of their choosing.  It will develop and consolidate research skills and academic writing.  It will increase knowledge and understanding regarding an academically rigorous research process.  Areas to consider will include how to formulate effective inquiry problems and devise research questions; identify the significance of asking the right questions; assess the significance of how questions are theorised; understand how research is related to policy and practice within an identified area of pedagogical praxis.