Next start date: September
Degree type: BSc (Hons)
UCAS Code: C600 BSc/SE
Duration: 4 years (full-time)
This is one of the specialist routes within the sports portfolio at Abertay. You will make your choice of specialist route at the end of stage 2 of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme.
There has been an increase in the importance of sport in the last few years. This is in the context of elite sport, where the UK struggles for consistent success on the world stage, health-related exercise, and the rise of certain disease states associated with inactivity. One consequence of this has been an increase in the importance of sports development.
Both the government and national governing bodies of individual sports have been striving to increase participation in sport with a view to identifying future talent. The 2012 Olympics is a significant driver in this area. Similarly the health agenda has prompted much activity around the provision of sustainable recreational sporting activity.
One consequence of all this has been an increased demand for well qualified graduates who understand the complexities of sports development. If you feel you have something to offer in this area, this is the course for you.
The modules you will study if you choose to follow this route are:
Sports development policy and practice
Managing sports development
Coaching pedagogy 1
Motor control and skill aquisition
Growth and development
The coaching process
Strategic management and sports development
Community sports development
Coaching pedagogy 2
Sports development practice
In this strand you will consider the inter-relationships between policy and practice. You will build on the social sciences strand of the BSc Sport and Exercise programme to understand policy development as well as exploring sports development practice in a variety of contexts. You will explore the differences in developing a particular sport, developing a multi-sport approach and developing performers within a sport. You will develop practical skills in working with various client groups and study the theoretical basis for these skills.
Pedagogy and the coaching process
This strand is concerned with development of the individual and allows you to not only develop essential coaching skills but also to understand key theoretical concepts associated with coaching. You will explore different pedagogical approaches and study in detail the coaching process, including long-term athlete development. You will consider the role of the coach in diverse environments, from working with community groups and local authorities to managing support services for elite performers
We consider work-based learning to be a central component of your studies. It presents you with the opportunity to not only apply theory to practice but also to develop a range of practical skills that are valued highly by prospective employers. It is expected that these modules will enable you to develop as a reflective practitioner, developing the ability to identify your own strengths and weaknesses and, most importantly, understanding how you can address your weaknesses whilst optimising your strengths
Academic and research skills, and Honours project
The research methods module will allow you to further develop your critical skills and ensure that you are prepared for the Honours project. This project, which accounts for 37.5% of your final award, presents a significant opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to conceive and carry out a small scale research project. As a consequence of this you will not only learn a considerable amount about your chosen topic but also be able to demonstrate your ability to function as an independent learner, a quality much in demand by employers.
Admission directly on to this route at either stage 3 or 4 is only available to exceptionally qualified candidates who have extensive work experience. Applicants seeking admission through this route should contact us directly.
If you are interested in applying to stage 1 or 2 you will should apply for the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise programme which will allow you to progress to this programme at the end of stage 2.
All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are listed here
There are many career opportunities available for well qualified graduates from this route. These include: sports development officers in local authorities or individual sports, physical activity development officers/coordinators, GP exercise referral consultants, community wellness programme workers, lifestyle manager, sports administrator etc.
You will also find job opportunities in complementary occupations where leadership, motivation and communication are valued - police officer, fire fighter, journalist, marketing executive, public relations officer, youth worker etc. If you are interested in teaching as a career, all of courses meet the requirements for entry onto PGCE courses. This course will also provide appropriate underpinnings for further study at MSc or PhD level.
You have access to our Human Performance Laboratory with running, rowing, fitness testing and weights machines. You have opportunities to meet the numerous professional sportsmen and sportswomen who draw on the expertise of our lecturing staff within this facility.
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