module specification

SP5054 - Sociology of Effective Coaching and Teaching (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Sociology of Effective Coaching and Teaching
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
1 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
116 hours Guided independent study
33 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Katia test 40%   Class test (45 minutes)
Practical Examination 60%   Practical coaching exam with session plan (25 minutes)
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module explores the key pedagogical theories that inform sports coaching and teaching as well as covering a wide variety of themes relevant to contemporary sports education and training, and their sociological implications. The module includes a strong emphasis on experiential learning with students engaging in practical coaching and teaching sessions on a weekly basis.

The module aims to provide students with an overarching appreciation of important theories relating to effective teaching and coaching practice, as well as their influences on our social interaction. Students are afforded various opportunities to develop their practical competencies in relation to teaching and coaching. Ultimately, the module seeks to develop responsible and effective practitioners with a firm grounding in the necessary interpersonal and decision-making skills required within the coaching/teaching profession. This will be incorporated with an understanding of the role of sport in society. The ability to communicate and use a variety of strategies to achieve coaching/teaching objectives is developed, along with an appreciation of the value of reflective practice in personal development.

Prior learning requirements

Available for Study Abroad? NO


The coaching process (LO3, LO4)
Coaching philosophy, behaviour and pedagogy (LO3, LO4)
Skill acquisition (LO3, LO4)
The coach-athlete relationship (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)
Development and the National Curriculum (LO2, LO3)
Performance testing and analysis (LO3, LO4)
Talent Identification (LO2, LO3)
Contemporary issues in sport (LO1, LO2)
Sociological influences of sport and exercise (LO1, LO2)
Ongoing practical coaching sessions (LO1, LO3, LO4)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The basic structure to teaching and learning will involve a theory driven lecture supported by an interactive practical coaching-teaching session. Lectures will provide the essential theoretical base, whereas practical sessions offer students the opportunity to apply this knowledge and its relevance in practice.

Reflective practice is a continuous element as an important employability strand and driving force in personal development. A core coaching-teaching focus is the reflective practitioner and students are guided through this process and its relevance to future employability.

Learning outcomes

LO 1: Clearly demonstrate the ability to analyse and communicate ideas and practices within the sporting context
LO 2: Show critical awareness of the influences sport and exercise have on society.
LO 3: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key theoretical principles behind sports coaching/teaching.
LO 4: Plan and deliver an effective practical coaching or teaching session.

Assessment strategy

The assessment section of the module consists of two assessment parts.
Assessment (001) will be a 45-minute Class Test based around topics covered in the initial 8 weeks of the module. This will take place in class time. The Exam will give the opportunity to review and reflect upon learning so far on the module and cover various aspects of coaching and teaching, as well as sociological implications of both. The Exam will take place in Teaching week 9.

Assessment (002) will be a Practical Coaching Exam, with the focus on delivery aimed at children. The practical Coaching Exam will require a session to be planned and delivered over 20-25 minutes.