BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Coaching (Accelerated Degree)

Course Description

The world is changing and so is the way we interact with it. This BSc Applied Sports Coaching programme is designed to equip you with the necessary tools to adapt and become a coach of the future. This programme is taught by a team of industry specialists with academic expertise and innovative techniques to help you achieve your aspirations. This applied programme is orientated around three overarching themes of vocational experience, industry qualifications underpinned by academic knowledge. We are creating PRACademic‘s who are armed with the applied theory and experience to lead the next generation of coaching practitioners.

The journey

The Magic Academy have been instrumental in helping design content and will be a significant partner on your journey. This will be alongside a number of other external collaborations and of course the opportunity to be embedded in our nationally recognised SGS Sport Bristol Academy working with potential stars of the future. The Fast-Track degree is achieved in a condensed two year program, allowing you to enter the industry earlier and with significant financial savings. The applied focus will see you working with elite and grassroots athletes as part of your journey, utilising the knowledge gained from interactive lectures, workshops and seminars both in an online and face to face format.

Transferable skills

Assessments will again focus on your applied knowledge with portfolios and real industry-based projects forming a significant part of how you can showcase your understanding. Coaching is not a repetition of known information, it is a journey that is organic and evolves around you, our experienced coaches are experts at guiding you along this pathway and into the workplace. Employers are looking for this combined knowledge of understanding, application and experience. Our students have gone on to set up their own businesses; coaching at professional clubs and community projects; they are also working as lecturers and teachers from primary schools to universities. They all cite the transferable skills and experiences gained at SGS as being key to their success.

"Staff are great and are all very approachable"

"I chose this BSc as I hope to become a full-time football coach in a professional club. This course allowed me to develop my understanding of theoretical concepts to coaching. Staff are all great and are all very approachable. With the new University Centre WISE campus facilities and new adaptations coming to the course, it’s going to be a very exciting time for anyone thinking of coming to the University Centre, from anywhere in the country like me."

BSc (Hons) Applied Sports Coaching (Accelerated Degree)
Study Modules
Learning to Learn: The Foundations of Pedagogy

This module allows you to explore, understand and apply pedagogical theory to enhance the learning environment and develop the knowledge and skill of others. Practitioners in both Sports Coaching and Physical Education need to understand the complexities of learning and this module will introduce a range of theories from traditional approaches to more contemporary methods. You will be supported to make links between theory and practice. This module will focus on traditional learning theories such as Behaviourism, Constructivism and Cognitivism along with more contemporary concepts such as Connectivism and games-based approaches to learning. Methods of teaching/coaching will be explored using theoretical frameworks such as Rosenshine's Principles of Instruction and Teaching Games for Understanding.

100% Group Presentation

Coach Development

The module will develop your understanding of the current coach education pathways operating in the country, establishing how formal, informal and non-formal methods of learning can be used. The module will also establish how others can play a fundamental part in the developmental journey; by exploring mentoring, leadership, communities of practice and coach education in the digital age. Finally, you will assume the role of Coach Developer and design and propose your own academically informed coach learning intervention to help support behavioural change.

40% Individual, Assignment

60% Group Presentation

Creative Approaches in Sports Coaching

This module will give you a range of applied coaching and leadership experiences across a range of innovative and academically informed concepts. You will explore theory from contemporary research and practitioners who are seen to be pushing the boundaries of applied practice. This module will support and develop your continual coaching journey through helping you understand the planning, reflection and delivery of your creative practice. The module will include a huge range of applied experiences that include peer coaching in our highly respected academies, alongside integrated online and live examples with industry experts and opportunities to see some pioneering business enterprises present their strategies for growth.

50% Individual, Portfolio

50% Group, Practical Assessment

Contemporary Coaching

As a coach you will be exposed to a range of experiences, dilemmas and ethically challenging situations during your career. We will look to arm you with the knowledge and awareness to be able to deal with them effectively and fairly. You will navigate through a range of sociological theories and contemporary coaching scenarios where you will analyse solutions and outcomes. Contemporary knowledge about theory and practice are applied to different contexts within coaching. The multidimensional role of a coach is influenced by a range of psycho-social components. A broad range of theoretical perspectives will be examined from social psychological themes such as leadership, the coach athlete relationship and emotional intelligence. Philosophical (ethics) and sociological including evaluating the effect of power and cultural norms will also be explored.

50% Individual, Assignment

50% Group, Presentation

Psychology in Sports Coaching

Developing knowledge from the foundations of psychological theory in sports coaching, the module will focus on the theories of skill acquisition, learning, communication, coaching efficacy. You will explore the multidimensional psychological processes that arise in sports coaching and their effect on motor skill development and the learning environment. This module provides the foundations for the practitioner to be aware of these theories and their influence on creative coaching; innovative practice and athlete development. The initial part of your study will see you investigating a range of skill acquisition theories and attempting to apply them in context.

100% Individual, Portfolio

The Rocky Road to the Top: Talent development

No two people share the same developmental journey, meaning the talent identification and development process can often be complex and nonlinear. This module will consider different theoretical concepts and evaluate the design of current Talent Development Pathways. Throughout the module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the how informed and well-designed talent programs and pathways can help can support athletes bio-psycho-social development. A range of theoretical concepts such as genetics, models of Talent Development, athlete trajectories, relative-age effect, psychological characteristics and social opportunities will be covered over the course of the semester. These theoretical concepts will be used to critically evaluate case studies of current Talent Development Pathways.

100% Individual, Presentation

Innovation of Training: Practices and Approaches of the Future

This module enables you to explore innovative approaches to training and practices which encourages you to think creatively, underpinning your ideas with literature, research and professional codes of conduct. You will build your vocational and industry skills through work placement, engaging with opportunities to work closely with professional practitioners, whilst also constructing your own future pathway within the industry. What will make you stand out and carve your future progression as a practitioner?

60% Individual, Portfolio

40% Individual, Presentation

Altogether for Health: Physical Activity and Exercise for Specific Populations

With an increased number of individuals referred too and seeking opportunities to engage in physical activity and healthy practices in order to support their physical and psychological wellbeing, professional practitioners require further specialised knowledge and skills to create safe and effective programmes for a diverse range of individuals and requirements. This module aims to draw upon your acquired skills in sports conditioning, training and exercise, applying these to consider specific populations who require further individualised and bespoke programming based on their current health and exercise status. Engaging with academic research, you will explore a range of circumstances and conditions, which require further consideration to programme planning, consultation and assessment, together with delivery, monitoring and evaluation.

100% Individual, Presentation

Future of Fitness � Lead the Way! Sport, Exercise and Health Promotion

How would you view the future of training, exercise and physical activity? In recent years, the leisure and fitness industry has seen dramatic changes in the way individuals access and engage with training, exercise and physical activity. This module will provide a platform for you to be creative and innovative, developing a relevant concept/product, from idea and planning, to implementation and review. You will have the opportunity to engage with wider organisational, management and promotional skills, acquiring feedback from consumers and professionals through a pilot introduction/prototype. What will be your product; how will you develop, market and pilot, obtaining feedback for future development?

100% Individual, Portfolio

The Curious Practitioner: Applied Research

Developing innovative techniques and emerging as a professional practitioner in your field, this module will help you to explore and create practices which follow fundamental principles and codes of conduct, whilst building your understanding of specificity and uniqueness in programme design and delivery. You will develop safe and effective programmes, which will be bespoke to a diverse range of individuals, for example youth, academy athletes, general and specific populations, in which innovation and creativity will be the focus. Throughout the module, you will implement and demonstrate a variety of practices and tools to measure and monitor participant development, effectively analysing results over a period of time, adapting the programmes accordingly. You will additionally develop your delivery skills, with effective engagement and communication across a variety of platforms to deliver individual and group training, fitness and exercise sessions.

60% Individual, Portfolio

40% Individual, Presentation

The 360 Practitioner: Applied Reflective Practice

This module continues the course theme of practice, theory and employability; affording you the opportunity to engage in a second work-based placement, explore theoretical concepts such as expertise and knowledge, and engage in reflective and critical thinking. Your continued engagement in personal and professional development will support the development of employability skills and help to create a pathway into a range of industries or postgraduate education.

60% Individual, Assignment

40% Individual, Presentation

The Coach of the Future

The module will extend and develop your understanding of the key sociological and pedagogical concepts previously explored. Contemporary and innovative approaches will be drawn upon and explored in terms of the extent to which a coach can effectively apply them. Knowledge of the theories and techniques that can inform effective session design will be analysed and applied reflecting on their efficacy. The effect on learning and performance needs to be showcased through a video presentation that highlights all of your experiences with these creative approaches. The latest skill acquisition theories along with the most innovative approaches of session planning, like constraints led and digital games design, will be applied and scrutinised. You will investigate the existing frameworks through which effective coaching exists and propose how this may change and evolve as technology, theory and society change.

100% Individual, Presentation

Applied Psychology in Sports Coaching

This module further develops student's critical awareness of the implications of key psychological principles in an applied context that underpin coaching. Developing your mental toolbox will help you navigate your way through a myriad of different situations and the complex nature of the human mind. You will be introduced to a range of psychological perspectives, that will be applied and analysed through an individual, team and interdisciplinary standpoint. The way in which sports psychologists apply their craft and how coaches interact them will also be explored focusing on the techniques and interventions that coaches can effectively apply to develop performance and help create positive change for athletes and their sporting institutions.

60% Individual, Portfolio

40% Group, Practical

Applied Analysis: Innovative Feedback

What is the true purpose of using different methods of analysis in sports coaching? With the increasing development of technology in the digital age the ways in which analysis can be used to increase athlete's performance and coaching expertise are becoming limitless. This module will develop your knowledge of not just the what and how (different methods and procedure) but the why? (the potential purpose of analysis). However, most importantly the module will develop your understanding of how analysis can be used in innovative ways to create feedback that has an impact on the development of both athletes and coaches.

100% Individual, Portfolio

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The minimum UCAS tariff entry points from a level 3 qualification. GCSE Maths, English and Science at grade C/4. Mature students over 24 without the relevant qualifications will be required to demonstrate previous experience and evidence of academic ability.

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Course info last updated:
December 5, 2022
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