Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year)

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Course overview
(BSc) Bachelor of Science
Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Events, Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism
BSC C609

Professional accreditation


Admission criteria

A-levels: BCC, including B in one science subject or Mathematics (PE and Psychology count as science A-levels)

GCSE: Mathematics C/4

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM (in relevant subjects).

IB: 28 points, including Higher Level Science or Mathematics grade 5, and Standard Level Mathematics or Maths Studies grade 4, if not taken at Higher Level. We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Standard Level Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.

Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

Dr Owen Thomas

Reader: Sport Psychology

Cardiff Metropolitan University

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 27 January 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  SE101-4-FY  Professional Skills and Development 1  Compulsory  30 
02  SE102-4-SP  Biomechanics  Compulsory  15 
03  SE103-4-SP  Principles of Nutrition and Metabolism  Compulsory  15 
04  SE104-4-AU  Sport and Exercise Psychology  Compulsory  15 
05  SE107-4-AP  Introduction to Coaching  Compulsory  30 
06  SE111-4-AU  Anatomy and Physiology for Coaches  Compulsory  15 
07  SE401-5-SU  SRES Summer School  Compulsory 

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  SE201-5-FY  Professional Skills and Development 2  Compulsory  30 
02  SE203-5-SP  Exercise Physiology  Compulsory  15 
03    SE204-5-AU or SE208-5-SP  Compulsory with Options  15 
04  SE206-5-AU  Applied Biomechanics and Movement Analysis  Compulsory  15 
05  SE308-5-SP  Performance Analysis  Compulsory  15 
06  SE209-5-SP  Psychology of Coaching  Compulsory  15 
07  SE210-5-AU  Strength and Conditioning: Application and Theory  Compulsory  15 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  SE220-5-FY  Placement Year  Compulsory  120 

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  SE309-6-FY  Research Project and Skills in Sports Science  Compulsory  45 
02    SE305-6-AU or SE304-6-SP  Optional  15 
03    SE307-6-AP or SE333-6-AP or SE334-6-AP  Optional  30 
04    SE307-6-AP or SE333-6-AP or SE334-6-AP  Optional  30 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

BSc Sports Performance and Coaching is a 3-year programme of study which has the aims of developing in our students:

- an understanding of the need for both multi-disciplinary and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Sports Performance and Coaching.

- an understanding of, and an ability to use, the body of knowledge (physiological, psychological, biomechanical and pedagocical) that provides the foundation of Sports and Performance Coaching.

- an understanding of, and an ability to apply, the methods and approaches of Sports Performance and Coaching.

- an ability to analyse and suggest solutions to applied problems in Sports Performance and Coaching.

- an ability to appraise and evaluate the effects of coaching interventions on a variety of participant groups.

- an ability to handle, interpret and evaluate quantitative information and to plan and carry out "library" and practical research under supervision.

- the key laboratory, field and workplace skills required for careers in Sports Performance and Coaching, or related areas.

- the key skills of communication, numeracy, ITC use, problem solving, working with others, self-evaluation and self-improvement, and autonomous learning using Sports and Performance Coaching as a context and focus.

- an awareness of the ethical, health and safety issues that underpin best practice.

- a foundation of knowledge, understanding and skills required for further study and research.

- an appreciation of the need for, and importance of, lifelong learning and personal development planning

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: Basic physiology, psychology, biomechanics, and pedagogy that are relevant to sports performance and coaching.

A2: The structure and function of the human body.

A3: The interaction between sport and exercise and the human body.

A4: The principles of biomechanics and their application to sports performance and coaching.

A5: Selected psychological theories and how they are applied to an understanding of sports performance and coaching.

A6: The scientific underpinning of the principles and practice of training.

A7: The principles of nutrition and the effects of dietary manipulation, ergogenic aids and drugs on physiology and performance.

A8: Use of underpinning pedagogical principles in the delivery of coaching.

A9: Appropriate practical scientific methods and approaches, including observation, experimentation, modelling; and techniques used in performance analysis.

Learning methods

Lectures are the principal method of delivery of A1 to A8 and contribute to the delivery of A9. Lectures direct students to textbooks and online material (Years 1 to 3), and research papers (Year 2 and particularly Year 3).

Laboratory practicals in Years 1, 2 and 3 complement lectures and contribute to the teaching and development of A1-A8. Practicals, the summer course (Year 2) and the research project (Year 3) are the main mode of delivery of A9.

Coursework associated with lecture modules in Years 1, 2 and 3 develop A1 to A8.

The summer school at the end of Year 1 and the research project in Year 3 teach and develop A9 and also a range of A1 to A8 depending on project topics.

Teamwork is a feature of all laboratory practicals and is particularly developed in SE101.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods:

A1 to A9 are assessed by:

- Multiple Choice Questions (Year 1)
- Essays (All years)
- Written practical reports (Years 1 and 2)
- Exercises in data analysis and interpretation (DAI), (Years 2 and 3)
- Unseen written exams: short answer, essay (Years 1 and 2) and questions involving DAI (Year 2)

Oral presentations test A3-A7 in Years 2 and 3 (research project).

The project report (Year 3) tests understanding in depth of some of A2 to A8 (depending on project topic).

Vodcasts test A3, A5, A6, and A7 (Years 1-3)

Evaluation and client reports test A3, A5, A6, and A7 (Year 3)

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Retrieve, select and collate appropriate information in the Sports Performance and Coaching.

B2: Evaluate primary and secondary evidence and arguments.

B3: Analyse and interpret quantitative information in graphs, figures, tables and equations.

B4: Integrate and link information across course components, including material met in different years, from different disciplines and covering different scales of organisation.

B5: Plan and conduct a research task (including risk assessment and ethical approval where appropriate)

B6: Present data correctly, choose and apply an appropriate statistical test and interpret the output

Learning methods

B1 is taught in the professional skills modules (SE101 and SE201) and developed by providing references in lectures, practicals and project work, particularly in Years 2 and 3.

Setting of directed learning topics (Years 1 and 2) develops skills in B1, B2 and B4.

B1 and B2 are developed by coursework essays (Years 2 and 3).

B2 and B3 are taught by explicit inclusion of data analysis in lectures and classes in Years 2 and 3 and through progressive development of DAI coursework (particularly in Years 2 and 3).

B1 to B3 and in some cases B4, are developed through analysis and presentation of results of practical work in Years 1 to 3.

B4 is achieved by progressive subject development through the 3 years, by the Year 1 summer course and Skills module.

B5 is taught via the Year 3 research project.

B6 is taught in the Year 1 and 2 Skills modules.

Assessment methods

B1, B2 and B4 are assessed by coursework, exam essays and coursework literature reviews (Years 1-3).

B2 and B3 are assessed by coursework and compulsory exam DAI questions (Year 2), practical reports (Years 1 and 2), summer course reports (Year 2) and the research project report (Year 3).

B4 is assessed by integrative exam questions and coursework in Years 2 & 3

B1 to B4 are also assessed in the Year 3 individual research project.

B5 is assessed in the Year 3 research project module.

B6 is assessed in Year 1 & 2 practicals and Year 1 Skills module, and in the Year 3 research project.

C: Practical skills

C1: Able to carry out basic practical investigations, safely and effectively following a written schedule

C2: Able to use appropriate basic exercise and analytical equipment

C3: Able to explain the principles and limitations of a range of more advanced practical techniques

C4: Able to perform the key laboratory and field procedures required for careers in Sports Performance and Coaching.

C5: Able to use appropriate software packages to analyse quantitative data and to present results appropriately with necessary statistical treatment

C6: Able to develop, plan and deliver practical coaching sessions in an equitable, ethical and inclusive manner.

Learning methods

Skills C1 to C4 are taught in supervised practicals in Years 1 and 2, and the summer course in Year 2.

The Year 1 Skills module teaches aspects of C1, C3 and C5. Other lectures in years 1 to 3 also contribute

Research project work in Year 3 also teaches and develops C1 to C5.

As part of C1 to C4, safety and ethical issues are addressed through practical documentation (Years 1 and 2) and developed by students preparing risk assessments and ethical permissions and consents in the Year 1 Skills module and 2 mini-projects and the Year 3 research projects.

C5 is addressed through IT and statistics training in Year 1 Skills module, and the use of more specialised software is taught or developed in practicals, the summer course and the Year 3 project.

C6 is introduced in Year 1 through module SE107 and further developed in Year 2 in module SE210 and culminates in the practical exam and case study in Year 3 in SE307.

Assessment methods

C1, C4 and C5 are assessed through Year 1 and 2 practicals, the Year 1 summer course and the Year 3 research project.

C3 is assessed in many practicals in Years 1 and 2 and in theory exams in Years 1 and 3.

C2 and C4 are assessed in the Skills modules indirectly in the assessment of other practical and project work.

C6 is assessed via a coaching session plan in Year 1 (SE107), in Year 2 via a 6-month training, monitoring and assessment plan (SE210) and in Year 3 through the detailed case study and practical examination (in SE307).

D: Key skills

D1: Able to write clearly in: a) logically argued essays; b) longer reports, including basic scientific papers; c) a variety of other pieces of work for different target audiences; d) e-communications, in particular email. Plan, write and give clear, effective, well-timed oral presentations; and e) coaching delivery.

D2: (i) Use of current networked PC operating systems for normal file management; (ii) Use a current common word-processing, spreadsheet, web browsing and email packages; (iii) Able to locate and use on-line catalogues and databases

D3: (i) Use appropriate precision, scales, units, scientific notation, ratios, fractions, percentages, and exponentials; (ii) Use simple algebra and trigonometry; (iii) Use approximations for mental arithmetic estimation and verification.

D4: Explore, analyse and find effective solutions for problems involving moderately complex information.

D5: Work effectively as part of a team to collect data and/or to produce reports and presentations

D6: Study independently, set realistic targets, plan work and time to meet targets within deadlines. Reflect on assessed work, feedback, and progress; Plan, record and document personal development

Learning methods

Essay writing and Scientific Paper Format (SPF) report writing skills (D1) are taught in the Year 1 Skills module and developed in all subsequent modules.

Additional guidance on Essay and SPF writing is given in Years 2 and 3 and in the Moodle Academic Skills resource.

Oral presentation skills (D1) are developed in some practicals, the summer course (Years 1 and 2) and the research project in Year 3.

IT use (D2) is taught in Year 1, particularly in the Skills module, and developed throughout Years 1 to 3. Most coursework from Year 2 onwards must be word-processed, and other computer produced work is required for some practical assignments in Year 2, and in the Year 3 research project.

Library, online catalogue and web skills (D2) are taught in Skills modules and developed by provision of module-related material on the Web and through preparation of practical (Years 1 and 2) and project reports (Year 1 summer course, Year 3 research project).

D3 is taught in lectures and seminars (Year 1 Skills module), and developed in subsequent practical and theory modules (Years 1 to 3).

D4 is introduced in Year 1, and is taught through DAI questions in Year 2, in practical classes, and supervised project work (Year 3).
Team work (D5) is intrinsic to most practicals in Years 1 and 2 and is particularly developed in the Year 1 summer course and by the Year 3 research project.

D6 is addressed in Year 1 Skills module, including introduction to Personal Development Planning (PDP), and continued through the provision of explicit directed learning tasks (Years 1 and 2), increasing amounts of student managed learning from Years 1 to 3, attendance monitoring, rigid deadlines, feedback on assignments and discussions with personal tutor.

D6 planning component is developed in the Year 1 mini-project and in the Year 3 research project.

Assessment methods

Written skills (D1) are assessed through essays in coursework and exams (Years 1 to 3) and in practical reports (Years 1 and 2), case studies, and the research project report (Year 3).

Oral presentation skills (D1) are assessed in the Year 1 summer course, some practicals, and in the Year 3 research project.

IT and Maths skills (D2 and D3) are assessed through worksheets and exams in Year 1 and Year 2. Thereafter, practical work, coursework and exam questions throughout the degree course assess numerical skills.

Most coursework from Year 2 onwards has to be prepared by computer and submitted on-line.

Problem solving (D4) is assessed by case studies in Year 2 and 3.

D5 is indirectly assessed through team presentations in the Year 2 mini-projects and Year 3 case studies.

D6 is assessed indirectly by examining directed learning material (Years 1 and 2), by awarding marks for evidence of additional reading and by imposing strict deadlines for coursework assignments.

D6 PDP is assessed in the Year 1 skills module through the development of a CV and a career action plan.

The planning component of D6 is assessed in a Year 2 mini-project and in the Year 3 research project.


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