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UDSPPCPE - BSc Sport Psychology, Coaching and Physical Education

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University, Portobello Institute, Dublin
School School of Human Sciences
Subject Area Health Sciences
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Part-time Day 4 YEARS  
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The teaching and learning strategies applied in the BSc aim to:

  • further stimulate the student’s interest in and develop skills within sport psychology, coaching and physical education at BSc level
  • apply knowledge of scientific concepts pertinent to psychology, coaching and physical education
  • promote the student’s self management of the learning process with a view to future continued professional development

Teaching and learning strategies are determined by:

  • student feedback from individual lectures, seminars and practical sessions.
  • student RPA
  • observation and assessment of students learning styles

Students are encouraged by modules teams to:

  • be actively involved in and critically reflective on their learning
  • work to deadlines and balance conflicting pressures
  • develop academic and scientific literacy skills through formative assessment
  • review, evaluate and reflect on their own work and the work of others
  • work co-operatively with staff and peers
  • use appropriate resources and technology

Course aims

The principal aim for all awards in this pathway is to educate students, from a wide variety of backgrounds, to their full potential at graduate level. The development of potential is viewed as comprising both subject-specific knowledge, as well as a range of transferable skills. The course is designed for those students considering entering professions within the sport, exercise and health industries. Students study a range of modules considering sport psychology, coaching and teaching alongside other important sports science disciplines. Modules such as Principles of Effective Coaching and Teaching and Sport Psychology and the Elite Athlete equip students with practical skills and theoretical knowledge pertinent to effective practice in sport psychology and coaching.

The course furthermore aims to develop students' ability to

  • work both independently and in collaboration with others
  • develop solutions to problems in a systematic and effective manner
  • communicate confidently and clearly both in writing and verbally
  • deploy generic work-related skills including time-management and prioritisation of tasks

Students will be encouraged to engage meaningfully with personal development planning (PDP) through the curriculum, to enable them to reflect on, plan and review their own personal and academic skills. PDP will enable students to develop well supported claims to achievements and be able to articulate these to others and the University will enable students to recognise and record their achievements.

Course learning outcomes

The course learning outcomes listed below have been developed in-line with the Level 6 descriptors for Bachelor’s degree with honours as stated in the QAA’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008)

  1. Knowledge and understanding:
    On completing the course, students will:
    1.1 Have a thorough and systematic knowledge of the various scientific topics studied
    1.2 Have a high level of understanding of current research evidence on which knowledge of the principle areas of sport psychology, coaching, physical education and sports science are founded

    On completing the course students will be able to:
    1.3 Apply scientific and pedagogical knowledge in practical settings
    1.4 Execute and critically evaluate research relevant to the areas of sport psychology and coaching
    1.5 Facilitate the enhancement of performance through coaching and teaching
  2. Cognitive intellectual skills:
    On completing the course the student will be able to:

    2.1 Understand and develop clear and logical arguments in support or criticism of scientific assertions and theories, incorporating literature-base evidence
    2.2 Make informed judgements when exploring research questions
    2.3 Show fluency with appropriate quantitative and numerical skills, involving relevant mathematical and statistical methods
    2.4 Demonstrate academic and scientific literacy at graduate level

  1. Transferable skills including those of employability and professional practice:
    On completing the course the student will be able to:
    3.1 Communicate, both orally and in writing, in a concise, clear and scholarly manner
    3.2 Demonstrate a range of transferable skills including active involvement in learning, exercise of initiative and judgement, use of appropriate resources and technology including IT, the ability to work both independently and with others, and the capacity for self-awareness and self-reflection
    3.3 Appreciate the skills necessary to secure and retain employment, including communication, consideration for others, creativity, dedication and self-discipline
    3.4 Understand ethical and other professional issues involved in practice as a sport psychologist, coach, teacher and sport scientist.
  2. Subject-specific practical skills:
    On completing the course the student will be able to:
    4.1 Demonstrate an understanding of practical skills relating to work as a sport psychologist, coach, teacher and sports scientist
    4.2 Critically evaluate the principles and limitations of measurement and assessment strategies in sport, exercise and physical education
    4.3 Propose appropriate methodologies for a variety of measurements in sport, exercise and physical education
    4.4 Facilitate the enhancement of sporting performance through effective coaching and teaching

Principle QAA benchmark statements

The Benchmark Statements for ‘Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism’ were used.

Of the study areas specified as characterising sports-related programmes (p21), the present course focuses principally on 6.17 and 6.18. There is also considerable coverage of 6.19 and to a lesser extent 6.20.

Assessment strategy

A variety of assessment methods will be used including unseen and seen written examinations, essays, literature searches/reviews, practical reports, oral presentations, oral examinations and the assessment of practical coaching skills. With the exception of written examinations, most assessments have both formative and summative roles. Additional non-assessed formative assessments will be used. The final year project provides the opportunity for an extended piece of formal scientific writing.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

A compulsory Work Placement/Business module is taken in the third year, giving students the opportunity to gain specific work or business experience in the specific areas of coaching or teaching, as well as in the more generic areas of sports science and psychology.

Modules required for interim awards

CertHE: ST4005, ST4006, ST4003, ST4004

DipHE: ST4005, ST4006, ST4003, ST4004+ (core modules at Level 5)

BSc (Hons): ST4005, ST4006, ST4003, ST4004+ (core modules at Level 5) + (core modules at Level 6)

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

By way of modules: ST4004, ST5060 and ST6P01 students will progressively develop their PDP which will culminate in a CV and graduation statement. Students will take part in tutorials at all levels designed to facilitate discussion on what has been learnt in order that reflective learning will contribute to identifying objectives, success criteria, and action plans that can be included in PDPs.

Arrangements on the course for careers education, information and guidance

Provided as part of the designated employability modules at each level.

The Faculty will develop its own employability Web pages on which will be provided model CVs, covering letters, graduation statements, job adverts, job descriptions and person specifications for use by PAAs and students. A number of employer and alumni led career events will be organised by the Faculty and each Cluster Group

Other external links providing expertise and experience

Membership to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the British Psychological Association (BPA) will be encouraged.

Career opportunities

This degree course will prepare you for a career in any aspect of coaching. Likewise, it is possible to go on to study a postgraduate course in teaching or use coaching experience to enter teaching via a work-based learning scheme.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grade C in three A levels or grades BC in at least two A levels in biology, physical education, human biology, biology, sports science or sports studies subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Entry from appropriate foundation and access courses will also be considered.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2017/18 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 09 Jun 2017 Last validation date 09 Jun 2017  
JACS codes
Route code SPPCPE

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
ST4003 Practical Sport Experience Core 30        
ST4004 Science, Research and Application Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
ST4005 Biomechanics and Training Principles Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
ST4006 Sport and Exercise Anatomy and Physiology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
ST5002 Psychological Factors in Sport: Individuals and... Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
ST5004 Principles of Effective Coaching and Teaching Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
ST5006 Exercise Physiology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
ST5060 Sports Science Research Methods Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
ST5053 Biomechanics of Human Movement Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
ST5057 Contemporary Issues in Sport Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
ST6002 Sport Psychology and the Elite Athlete Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
ST6004 Advanced Coaching Theory, Practice, and Applica... Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
ST6P01 Sports Science and Therapy Dissertation Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
ST6053 Business Developments in Health Sciences Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
ST6W61 Sports Science Work Placement Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
          NORTH AUT WED AM
ST6064 Clinical Exercise Physiology Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE PM