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Science of Youth Coaching and Development 2018/19 entry

Course code:

HLST159

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

This exciting new master’s is unusual in the UK for its specific focus on the scientific underpinning and application of coaching in youth.

This course is attractive for many reasons:

  • Teaching is research inspired and research informed, delivered by a UKCC level 4 coach with over 15 years’ experience coaching youth throughout the developmental pathways leading to competitive elite performance at national and international level. Other teaching staff on this course are active researchers within athletic development, motor development and physical activity in children. For example, Professor Michael Duncan has published in excess of 100 papers in youth development and physical activity. Some of this work around motor development increasing physical activity in youth has resulted in two excellence awards.
  • Members of our teaching staff are accredited with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and UK Strength and Conditioning Association, who will provide varied pedagogical approaches in their teaching to ensure a rich learning experience. For example, staff delivering on other master’s modules, students rated their module experience and satisfaction 100%.
  • Our courses have a track record of success as a result of our student led focus. Currently, our undergraduate courses in SPO are ranked 8th in the Guardian University Guide 2018, with an outstanding graduate employability rate 90%, this is in part delivered by staff leading this new master’s course.


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Course information

There is a growing understanding that the development of high level sporting performance and lifelong physical activity and exercise begins in childhood.

As such there is a need to apply and modify scientific principles of sport and exercise and to nurture development of children and adolescents. Consequently, there is a growing demand for highly trained specialists in the field.

This course aims to foster an evidence-based approach, connecting the science of sport and exercise to the coaching process in youth populations. We cover aspects related to youth coaching, including profiling and strength and conditioning for children and adolescents, the development of motor skills, the fundamentals of youth coaching, critical issues in youth coaching research, research skills, professional practice and global professional development. Within these areas, the science of physiology, psychology, and biomechanical factors influencing youth performance will be applied.

We aim to equip you with scientific knowledge and its application to youth development and coaching. Additionally, you will have opportunities to enhance your practical coaching skills as well as developing a range of research and transferable skills related to employment. The course aims to equip you for a variety of careers such as youth sports coaching, strength and conditioning coaching, teaching, paediatric exercise scientist, health promotion, or further postgraduate study.

Students will be subject to a DBS check before enrolment.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to attend guest lecturers
  • Benefit from connections with sports clubs and educational settings to provide real and varied placement opportunities
  • Successful completion provides development of competencies to apply as graduates to the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
  • Aim to cover the latest issues relating to the theory and practice of youth coaching and development through case studies and exposure to the applied environment.
  • We have members of our teaching team conducting ongoing research and consultancy in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Physiology, Exercise and Health, Strength and Conditioning, Biomechanics, and Nutrition.
  • Multi-million-pound investment for a Science and Health building which includes new facilities for teaching and research such as running track, specialist strength and conditioning facility, biomechanical assessment, physiological testing, and access to specialist equipment such as GPS tracking technology, light gate systems, and opto-track.

Blended and innovative teaching methods to suit a range of different student needs.

Your main study themes are:

  • Profiling childhood and adolescence: Using an interdisciplinary approach, this will explore the needs of the individual through the application of physiology, biomechanical and psychological assessments.
     
  • Motor Competence Development: Focuses on developing an in-depth understanding of motor development. Key areas covered will be growth and development, motor development, sensory motor development and motor fitness. 

  • Fundamentals of Youth Coaching: Critically evaluates coaching concepts including the coaching process, coaching philosophy, pedagogical approaches, designing and implementing effective coaching sessions and reflection.

  • Strength and Conditioning for children and adolescence: Addresses the contemporary issues surrounding strength and conditioning in youth populations and their application with an emphasis on applied physiology and biomechanics for the exercising human.

  • Research Skills: Key aspects of scientific method and inquiry will be developed. Content includes the research process e.g. Experimental design, analysis and presentation of data.

  • Critical Issues in Youth Sports Coaching: Develops theoretical knowledge of the critical and contemporary issues in youth coaching practice and their impact on the development of youth. Content includes safeguarding, ethics, talent ID, long term athletic development and bio banding.

The course employs a blended learning approach, designed to maximise your opportunities to balance study with other commitments. The taught delivery will be over two days per week, Wednesday and Thursday. Teaching takes the form of lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory, problem-based learning and directed self-learning. These sessions are accompanied by associated online delivery, such as online lectures, online problem-based learning, and discussion boards.

The lecture courses are intended to provide the framework of ideas and subject matter of the syllabus. Tutorials are used for small group discussion and are opportunities both for discussing and overcoming difficulties and for problem-solving exercises undertaken either during or prior to the tutorial period. Tutorials are also used to develop your oral communication skills.

Online problem based learning will be used to allow you to work collaboratively on a series of problem scenarios in order to construct your own understanding of a particular topic/issue. For example, implementing safe and effective practice to enhance the development of children and adolescents.

Practical work is intended to develop experimental/practical techniques and the ability to make accurate observations and assess errors. This includes performance and exercise testing and coaching experience. 

The breadth of teaching experience on this course will ensure you are challenged from an academic and practical perspective. You will experience a range of innovative and creative teaching and assessment methods which have a focus on the development of employable skills.


On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of this course, you should:

  • Have developed:
    • a critical understanding of research, its significance and contribution to present and future developments in sports and exercise science and its application to children and adolescent development
    • a professional profile relevant to their degree subject (Science of Youth Coaching and Development), reflecting their graduate status and recognising/taking account of the employment arena
    • a critical understanding of community engagement in physical activity and lifelong participation sport and exercise
    • a broad understanding of cultural differences with respect to physical activity and sport engagement in children and adolescence
    • digital skills enabling them to operate within a global sports, exercise and coaching context
    • your ability to critically interrogate theories that inform sports coaching principles and practices
  • Know the process of developing a successful social enterprise and demonstrated creativity in relation to sports, exercise and coaching provision
  • Critically analyse the use of interdisciplinary knowledge and competencies in relation to the successful management of youth coaching programmes

In a typical teaching week, you will be taught using a combination of seminars, practical and workshops:

  • Skill workshop/seminars/practical:  4 – 12 hours
  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour per week

In addition, you will be expected to undertake self-directed work.

Connections and collaborations are being sought with institutions overseas through staff contacts, the Centre for Global Engagement (CGE) and their Online International Learning (OIL) programme. 

International research will be applied within course content.

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In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

An Honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science or a related discipline (e.g. Sports Studies, Sports and Exercise Psychology, Sports Therapy, Sports Coaching, Exercise Science, Physical Education) and students will normally have achieved a lower second class (2.ii) classification or above; 2. or equivalent appropriate qualification that includes cognate areas that overlap with sport and exercise science.

An Honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science or a related discipline (e.g. Sports Studies, Sports and Exercise Psychology, Sports Therapy, Sports Coaching, Exercise Science, Physical Education) and students will normally have achieved a lower second class (2.ii) classification or above; 2. or equivalent appropriate qualification that includes cognate areas that overlap with sport and exercise science.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

An Honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science or a related discipline (e.g. Sports Studies, Sports and Exercise Psychology, Sports Therapy, Sports Coaching, Exercise Science, Physical Education) and students will normally have achieved a lower second class (2.ii) classification or above; 2. or equivalent appropriate qualification that includes cognate areas that overlap with sport and exercise science.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£13,350 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The requirement for expertise in youth development has recently received considerable attention.

There is a growing demand for specialist support within community, public sectors and sporting sectors. For example, you could find yourself developing elite youth athletes in sporting organisations, developing competency within educational settings, or devising and implementing initiatives in increasing lifelong physical activity.

Our course provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate specialist academic and transferrable skills, such as good communication, problem-solving, critical analysis and the ability to work independently to a high standard. The course's strong focus on research skills provides an ideal platform for further study at PhD level or for undertaking research.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.