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COURSE OVERVIEW 

  • Make the most of excellent sports facilities, including a sport and exercise psychology laboratory and technologies for sports analysis
  • Enrich your university experience with a wide range of extracurricular opportunities, from traditional Sports Coach UK workshops to cutting-edge performance and professional courses
  • Receive first aid and safeguarding training, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance prior to your placement, as part of the course
  • Be the difference – develop our future athletes

The public profile of sports psychologists and coaches has never been higher. Tennis players and golfers treat their coaches like gurus who dispense wisdom and emotional support. Football, cricket and rugby sides routinely employ specialist coaches to analyse and improve all aspects of performance, often employing modern technology such as video analysis. Meanwhile, sports psychologists are on hand to enhance elite performance levels.

Our Sport Coaching and Psychology degree equips you to bring out the best in both professional and amateur sports people. You gain a strong theoretical base that helps analyse the techniques of sports psychology, coaching science and practical coaching. But you also focus on developing the practical and interpersonal skills you need to work in the sports industry.

The programme is divided into four strands encompassing both practical and academic elements.

The first strand is Sports Coaching Practice, which teaches you to put theoretical coaching principles into practice to help sports people strive to improve performance. Part of being a successful coach is having good communication skills and we study the best ways to convey your message. In this practical first strand, you may also explore coaching consultancy work to enhance your employment prospects.

The Sport and Exercise Psychology strand looks at the psychological factors influencing performance. You study how elite athletes cope with expectations and what motivates amateur performers to stay involved in sports. Further components help you to adopt a more social psychological perspective.

The Sports Coaching Science strand applies elements of sports science to coaching. Learning about biomechanics, physiology and psychology provides you with a science toolkit for coaching.

The final strand is Research Methods. You develop an understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and apply these to various sport psychology and coaching contexts as well as to your dissertation.

As well as a wide range of specific knowledge essential to excel in the modern sport and exercise industry, you learn an array of transferable skills to enhance your career prospects, including independent thinking and good communication.

Our graduates typically work as sports coaches, PE teachers, performance managers, or training providers. But others enter careers in sport and exercise science, leisure, management tourism, education and health.

The Foundation Year (first year of study) gives you the chance to commence your studies with us if you have not quite achieved the entry qualifications required or if you feel you would benefit from the opportunity to develop your study skills and subject knowledge prior to embarking on your degree. Through a range of engaging, small-group lessons, you will be equipped with the academic, professional and personal skills to help you succeed at university. Modules will cover broad topics as well as an introduction to your chosen subject area. You will also have the opportunity to study alongside students undertaking a range of degree programmes.

Careers

Graduates work as sports coaches, PE teachers, sport and exercise psychologists, performance managers or training providers. Others enter careers in sport and exercise science, leisure, management tourism, education, research and health.

Students develop a wide range of transferable employability skills including the ability to communicate effectively and work both independently and collaboratively. These skills are valued in a range of graduate careers, including those not directly related to sport and fitness. Many students also continue on to study for postgraduate qualifications to further enhance their employability. New innovative master's level programmes are constantly reviewed to ensure that they are at the forefront of contemporary study.

 

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 0 (Level 3): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 228 hours
  • Independent learning: 972 hours
Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
  • Placement: 36 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Assessment 

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework:

Year 0 (Level 3)*:

58% coursework
17% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

50% coursework
12% written exams
38% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

70% coursework
0% written exams
30% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

50% coursework
0% written exams
50% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2021 Entry: 48 points

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

If English is not your first language: Year 0/Level 3: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Modules Credits

Succeeding at University 15

Succeeding at University introduces you to learning in higher education and provides you with a framework for reflection and understanding of your own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

The Future of the Planet 15
Foundations of Health and Wellbeing 15
The Meaning of Life on Film 15
Making Sense of the World: The Tools for Argument and Analysis 15

This module is designed to enable you to develop the key critical thinking skills necessary for university study and beyond. Through a combination of lectures and small group seminars the class will discuss many of the key issues that underpin discussion of all academic disciplines. The lectures will introduce key themes and issues that enable students to make sense of the world in a critical fashion while the seminars will allow students to discuss these issues and engage with key readings each week. You are encouraged to apply these abstract concepts to your specific degree path.

Exercise and Well-being 15
Optional Modules
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology - 15 Credits
  • Nutrition and Wellbeing - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Succeeding at University 15

Succeeding at University introduces you to learning in higher education and provides you with a framework for reflection and understanding of your own personal learning identity as well as tools for continuing educational success.

The Future of the Planet 15
Foundations of Health and Wellbeing 15
The Meaning of Life on Film 15
Making Sense of the World: The Tools for Argument and Analysis 15

This module is designed to enable you to develop the key critical thinking skills necessary for university study and beyond. Through a combination of lectures and small group seminars the class will discuss many of the key issues that underpin discussion of all academic disciplines. The lectures will introduce key themes and issues that enable students to make sense of the world in a critical fashion while the seminars will allow students to discuss these issues and engage with key readings each week. You are encouraged to apply these abstract concepts to your specific degree path.

Exercise and Well-being 15
Optional Modules
  • Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology - 15 Credits
  • Nutrition and Wellbeing - 15 Credits

Year 1: Level 4

Modules Credits

Introduction to Research in Sport 15

This module will introduce the importance of sport research and how this contributes to the development of our knowledge about sport. The various different philosophies that underpin research will be introduced to demonstrate the different ways researchers can tackle research problems and design research projects to address emerging issues in sport. Students will also learn how to seek out, review and explore existing research by considering key concepts such as reliability, validity and ethics. The importance of analysing different types of data (for different audiences) will also be examined.

Sport Matters 15

This module offers an introduction to the study of sport from a socio-cultural perspective. Specifically, this module will engage students in contemporary discussions about what matters in sport, culture, and life. This module will help students to understand difficult concepts and explore some of the fundamental questions and challenges in sport today. Using examples from across the globe, students will also be encouraged to reflect on their basic assumptions with regards to sport. At the same time, an emphasis will be placed on the development of transferable academic skills and critical thinking in particular.

Sport Psychology 15

This module will introduce students to key topics in sport psychology. It will cover some of the key psychological theories and concepts that influence peoples’ experiences in the sport environment. These might include exploring what happens when athletes fail to cope with stress and anxiety; how athletes respond to and deal with injury; and what role personality and mental toughness might play in athletes reaching their potential. Students will also begin to discuss key readings related to some of the central concepts and thus develop their understanding. Fundamentally this module establishes a knowledge base that links to other sport psychology modules at levels five and six.

Sport Coaching 1 15

This module is designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underpin coaching practice. As such, the module will highlight the importance of the fundamentals of learning and teaching; the key role of leadership in coaching; and the need to develop a philosophy of coaching. In the process, students will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of these key principles and their importance through reflecting on established coaching practices, and looking at key case studies of coaches and their work.

Sport Coaching 2 15

The module aims to expose students to a variety of influences that affect the coaching profession. It starts from the perspective that quality coaching is informed by a multitude of disciplines, as well as formal and informal learning sources, all of which inter-relate. As such – the coach’s skill must be in recognising the value of each of these disciplines to their everyday practice. The actual coaching process – which is a key concept in the academic understanding of the role of the coach – forms the ‘anchor’ that places the module in context, and from there students will be expected to explore a variety of information sources.

Skill Acquisition 15

This module will examine how sporting skills, and motor skills more generally, are developed. Features of learning environments that impact on the skill acquisition process will be explored. A particular feature of the module will be the consistent collection of data through laboratory activities that enable a ‘hands on’ understanding to be developed. This will assist in the development of understanding of the laboratory report process.

Coaching Practice 1 15

This module provides an introduction to understanding coaching through recognition of the learning process using open and closed skills. The importance of appropriate developmental session design is a key element of coaching practice and this module seeks to ensure that students are aware of the considerations and approaches that are fundamental to effective learning.

Coaching Practice 2 15

This module reflects the dynamic nature of the sports coaching field. It is designed around an awareness that - especially in performance sport - to stand still is to regress, and as such it seeks to explore the edges of the coaching profession. There are instances where coaching has been refreshed, where new ideas have been tried, new technologies have been tested and the profession has been expanded. It is designed to deliver contemporary National Governing Body award and continuing professional development courses that are essential in enhancing placement and employability opportunities.

Year 2: Level 5

Modules Credits

Psychological Skills 15

This module introduces students to a range of psychological skills techniques which have been used to enhance performance in both sport settings. These techniques are designed to enhance psychological skills such as emotional regulation, focus and concentration, self-confidence and stress management for athletes. Students will see progression between some of the theories and concepts covered at level 4 and how those theories have provided the basis for the psychological skills introduced here. Moreover, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of new theories and research designed to explain the function and efficacy of specific skills. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with these skills, design appropriate interventions and consider how these can impact upon athletes’ experiences in performance related, competitive environments.

Coaching Special Populations 15

This module will examine sport, exercise and physical activity as well as game-related and competitive domains such as the Special Olympics and Paralympics. Indeed, ‘special populations’ encompasses both populations with disability /disease and populations defined in terms of demographic descriptors such as age, ethnicity, sexuality and gender. This module takes an evidence-based approach to coaching individuals, groups and teams from such populations.

Coaching Placement 1 15

This module will facilitate students’ engagement with and reflection on coaching practice. Specifically, students will undertake a coaching placement, during which they will deliver activities and reflect on their own experiences with a view to improve their (and ultimately others’) coaching practice.

Coaching Practice 3 15

This module will facilitate students’ engagement with and reflection on coaching practice. Specifically, students will prepare for a coaching placement, and then deliver activities and reflect on their own experiences with a view to improving their (and ultimately others’) coaching practice.

Sport Research 1 15

This module will introduce the importance of qualitatively focused sport research and the philosophies that underpin such research. A variety of specific research methodologies appropriate for the interdisciplinary study of sport, exercise and health will be examined, including surveys, interviews, observation and media research. Alongside this suite of research tools, key concepts such as reliability, validity and ethics will be revisited and further developed.

Sport Research 2 15

This module will examine the importance of quantitatively focused sport research and the philosophies that underpin such research. Students will develop the ability to generate quantitative data via a variety of methods. This module will also develop the practical skills of computer-interactive data analysis. Students will learn about both descriptive and inferential statistics in the context of the entire scientific process.

Developing Effective Relationships 15

The aim of this module is to enable the student to develop the skills and theoretical knowledge required of a practitioner within the domain of sport and exercise. Building on a strong theoretical foundation, students will examine a range of factors and the potential impact of each upon the approach adopted by the consultant. A core focus of the module will be to introduce students to core communication skills and how they can use these skills to build more effective professional working relationships. Crucially, students will develop the ability to communicate with clients regardless of age, intellect or social group.

Sports Psychology for Coaches 15

This module will take an evidence-based approach to the use of psychology by sports coaches, with a particular focus on helping coaches to understand theories of motivation (e.g., Self-Determination Theory) and how they might help their athletes to learn mental skills (e.g., relaxation) and life skills (e.g., assertiveness).

Year 3: Level 6

Modules Credits

Applied Sport Psychology 15

This module will critically examine a range of potential philosophical and theoretical approaches to the delivery of applied sport psychology services. Students will be required to explore their own potential approach to service delivery and understand the differences in delivery from a variety of perspectives. This critical exploration will be developed from a foundation understanding of practitioner processes when working including assessment, intervention and evaluation.

Psychology of Injury 15

This module will critically examine the impact of injury on performers from a number of perspectives. First, it will critically examine the challenges of short-term injury for the athlete and how successful return to play is influenced by a number of psychological, cultural and social variables including the rehabilitation process. Next, it will critically examine the impact of career-ending injury and retirement from sport. Theories and models adapted and designed to explain this psychologically challenging process will be critically appraised alongside more alternative approaches to understanding the athlete in transition. Consideration will also be given to how governing bodies might better prepare athletes for and support them post sport.

Coaching Placement 2 15

This module aims to critically examine students’ experiences in new coaching environments. This seeks to widen their learning and skill development. Such experiences could include team or individual sports, age groups, clubs or schools, as well as male and female groups, for example. This will strengthen the employment prospects of students.

Critical Issues in Sport Coaching 15

This module will take a multi-, inter- and cross-disciplinary approach to identifying and dealing with critical, contemporary issues in sport coaching. There will be a heavy emphasis on coaching philosophy, evidence-based practice, and professionalism.

Strength and Conditioning Coaching 15

This module takes an evidence-based and critical approach to strength and conditioning coaching, with a specialist focus on teaching students a practical and theoretical understanding of weightlifting skills (i.e., clean, jerk, snatch, as well as weightlifting assistance exercises such as the front squat).

Dissertation 30

This module aims to provide students with the experiences of planning and executing an in-depth and independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Students will negotiate the focus of the project with tutorial guidance and will be expected to show an awareness of research methodology appropriate for an empirical research project. Emphasis will be placed on topics that are analytical, interdisciplinary and/or evaluative in nature. This is the opportunity for students to produce a research project in a particular area of interest that relates to the curriculum being studied.

Optional Modules
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 15 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 15 Credits
  • Eating Well: Food and Value in the 21st Century - 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Applied Sport Psychology 15

This module will critically examine a range of potential philosophical and theoretical approaches to the delivery of applied sport psychology services. Students will be required to explore their own potential approach to service delivery and understand the differences in delivery from a variety of perspectives. This critical exploration will be developed from a foundation understanding of practitioner processes when working including assessment, intervention and evaluation.

Psychology of Injury 15

This module will critically examine the impact of injury on performers from a number of perspectives. First, it will critically examine the challenges of short-term injury for the athlete and how successful return to play is influenced by a number of psychological, cultural and social variables including the rehabilitation process. Next, it will critically examine the impact of career-ending injury and retirement from sport. Theories and models adapted and designed to explain this psychologically challenging process will be critically appraised alongside more alternative approaches to understanding the athlete in transition. Consideration will also be given to how governing bodies might better prepare athletes for and support them post sport.

Coaching Placement 2 15

This module aims to critically examine students’ experiences in new coaching environments. This seeks to widen their learning and skill development. Such experiences could include team or individual sports, age groups, clubs or schools, as well as male and female groups, for example. This will strengthen the employment prospects of students.

Critical Issues in Sport Coaching 15

This module will take a multi-, inter- and cross-disciplinary approach to identifying and dealing with critical, contemporary issues in sport coaching. There will be a heavy emphasis on coaching philosophy, evidence-based practice, and professionalism.

Strength and Conditioning Coaching 15

This module takes an evidence-based and critical approach to strength and conditioning coaching, with a specialist focus on teaching students a practical and theoretical understanding of weightlifting skills (i.e., clean, jerk, snatch, as well as weightlifting assistance exercises such as the front squat).

Dissertation 30

This module aims to provide students with the experiences of planning and executing an in-depth and independent research project that investigates a specific area within sport/exercise. Students will negotiate the focus of the project with tutorial guidance and will be expected to show an awareness of research methodology appropriate for an empirical research project. Emphasis will be placed on topics that are analytical, interdisciplinary and/or evaluative in nature. This is the opportunity for students to produce a research project in a particular area of interest that relates to the curriculum being studied.

Optional Modules
  • Sport Entrepreneurship and Innovation - 15 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 15 Credits
  • Eating Well: Food and Value in the 21st Century - 15 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2022 Course Tuition Fees 

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland

International

Year 1 £9,250 £14,100
Year 2 £9,250 £14,100
Year 3 £9,250 £14,100
Year 4 £9,250 £14,100
Total £37,000 £56,400
Optional Sandwich Year* £1,385 £1,385
Total with Sandwich Year £38,385 £57,785

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2022, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a four-year degree would be £37,000 for UK students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £117.50 and a 15 credit module is £1,763.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Kit

In year 1, students are expected to wear the appropriate attire for practical sessions. Students can buy a department kit or wear their own. Students can buy as little or as much they like. Indicative cost is £15-£50 per item.

Core Texts

These are available from the University Library; however some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some Core Texts can be bought second hand, or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £50-£200 per academic year.

Professional Courses

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Health also deliver a number of professional courses (e.g., coaching courses, Combined Level 3 Gym Instructor and Personal Training, etc.) either as part of or alongside the taught curriculum. However, any course that is mandatory is delivered free of charge, with optional courses often heavily subsidised. Indicative cost is £10-£600 per course.

Volunteering or Placement

Students may also incur travel costs on volunteering and/or placement modules. However, the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health will consider each individual students’ circumstances when undertaking these experiences and seek to minimise any such costs as appropriate. Indicative cost is £10-£30 per day for travel.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative cost of £1.50-£3.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
C81X
Duration
4 years full-time
Typical offer
48 points
Location
On campus, Winchester