Sport has the power to inspire people and change lives. But to inspire the next generation, we need the right people leading and coaching sport. The MSc in Sports Coaching and Performance has been designed for those working within sport and the coaching industry, or have studied at undergraduate level and gained coaching experience.
This postgraduate degree will provide you with an advanced knowledge base that will give you the best possible opportunity for pursuing your career goals within sport and the coaching industry. The MSc Sports Coaching and Performance course offers an insight into how psychology; physiology; strength and conditioning, and movement analysis impact on performance. The integration of theory and practice will enhance and develop your ability to reflect on current coaching practice, plan appropriate training programmes and critically analyse existing approaches to performance coaching. You will also develop comprehensive knowledge of the key issues that support the high performance sports coaching environment.
This project aims to enable students to demonstrate the skills necessary to produce a scholarly, in-depth, empirical research study, resource, or report.
This module will develop your ability to design and statistically analyse experimental, quasi-experimental and non-experimental quantitative studies. It will allow you to appreciate the strengths and limitations of the different quantitative and qualitative research designs used in coaching and sport, health and exercise science; and synthesize knowledge and competencies gained during taught modules to produce a scholarly, in-depth critical review and proposal for a research study.
You will develop an advanced understanding of critical self-reflective skills through the use of video analysis, which includes identifying key coaching styles, behaviours and feedback techniques required in advanced coaching situations. In addition, you will develop an in depth understanding of the interdisciplinary approaches that contribute to the coaching process including your ability to recognise and develop current coaching practice and coaching philosophies.
Professional Work Based Development
This modules provides an opportunity for students to observe and participate in work-based professional environments, including identifying a work problem for you to overcome, which will enhance your professional and vocational learning and inform your own everyday practice. As part of your studies you will critically reflect on your learning throughout the work placement. You will, together with the module team, identify an organisation or organisations that are relevant to your field of study and that will be able to provide 140 hours of work experience.
Mentoring in Sport
Explore current mentoring philosophies in order to provide a holistic view of mentoring delivery. Enable students to understand and explore the difference between the role of a mentor / coach and develop dynamic and reciprocal relationships within the working sporting environment that is required. Recognise and appreciate the need for mentoring within sport and management contexts, develop the skills necessary for mentoring and apply them in a diverse non-judgemental environment. Ensure that students are provided with and develop the strategies required to meet the outcomes of the mentees and their environment.
This module aims to develop your awareness of the analysis of sports performance, with particular emphasis on technique analysis and notation analysis. The use of systematic observation techniques in the analysis of sports performance will also be considered.
Strength and Conditioning
At the end of this module you will have developed your knowledge and critical understanding of concepts and theories regarding strength and conditioning. You will also have developed the ability to implement effective strength and conditioning programmes into a range of performance environments. The above have been closely linked to the professional standards required for accreditation by both the NSCA and the UKSCA.
The Coaching Environment: Evidence Based Practice
The module will analyse a range of different approaches to developing the coaching environment and its relationship with coaching practice. The module will critically assess the value of each approach whilst also highlighting the trade-off associated with each approach, and prepare learners to implement a range of approaches and reflect upon their experience of doing so along with the impact of each approach on the athletes whom they coach.
The High Performance Environment
The module will analyse how multiple stakeholders across the organisation assist and complement each other in producing a high performance environment. To develop a multi-disciplinary perspective of factors that act upon an individual and how these contribute to the development of high performance. The management of the performance environment will be discussed and the many issues that underpin successful implementation will be analysed.
Learning and teaching methods include lectures, interactive workshops, practical sessions, work-based learning, guest lectures (from industry professionals), debates and tutorials. This range of teaching and learning approaches ensures that you gain a wide variety of skills.
It is very much focused on gaining the students' views and experiences to guide the group’s learning. All content will be applied in a sporting context to aid learning, and provide practical ideas and solutions that students can take back to the workplace or apply in the industry.
Some modules will be shared with other Masters courses which will allow for further discussion and debate.
Most lectures will be fairly small groups (10-25) which provides a more interactive and personal approach to your study. Group work and class discussions help you to develop critical thinking skills and we encourage students to voice their opinion and challenge the norm.
There are additional opportunities to take on leadership roles such as becoming a Course Representative or Student Ambassador.
The student will be expected to attend lectures (time varies dependent on module) but will normally be about 25 hours of contact time per module. Additional hours of study expected will depend on the student and their level of understanding of the subject material.
Lectures are either block delivery (module covered in a single three-day block, Monday to Wednesday, 9-5pm). A draft timetable can be requested from the course leader Melanie Tuckwell.
You will be assessed via a range of methods to ensure that you develop a number of different skills to be able to utilise in the industry. Assessment methods include: writing essays, reports and reflective blogs; producing leaflets and posters; examinations (multiple choice and essay style); presentations; practical sports coaching and leadership assessments; work-based learning assessments and assessments.
The MSc Sports Coaching and Performance offers excellent links with industry professionals. For students who are not currently working in the industry, this sports coaching course will give them an excellent opportunity to work with a range of partners. We have links with nearly 50 organisations in sport – many of whom support students with placements, research projects and mentoring.
For those who are already working in the industry, it is hoped that the course will offer additional networking opportunities and sharing of ideas via informal discussions, which can provide huge added benefits on top of their formal learning. Work-based learning is embedded throughout the course with particular emphasis on the Professional Work Based Development module, where students will work with an employer for 140 hours. For students who are already working in the industry, this could either be with their existing employer or an alternative employer. For students who are not currently working, placements will be arranged to enable them to gain experience in their chosen role.
USW Sport Park is our purpose-built site, designed to train and develop our students to their highest potential. Our sports hall includes a national-standard six badminton court with sprung floor. This complements our excellent outdoor facilities. We have 11 pitches including five floodlit pitches, an artificial training pitch and a 3G rubber crumb floodlit football pitch. The notational analysis suite features cutting-edge technology. This allows students to analyse coaching effectiveness and performance, in both a laboratory and a field-based environment.
The Park is a five-minute drive from Pontypridd Campus, which is made up of two sites; Treforest and Glyntaff. There is even a free bus to take you between all three. Continued investment in our Sport Park means we will have new facilities from autumn 2017. This will include a specialist centre for strength and conditioning, with 12 lifting platforms designed to provide a high performance environment for aspiring athletes. We’ll also have a specially designed facility for sporting performance for rugby and football coaching students. Our brand-new, full-sized 4G indoor football pitch will be the only one in Wales, and one of only five in the UK.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The Welsh Government has proposed a Postgraduate Loan for Master’s degrees.
The need for relevant further education for sports professionals continues to increase given the highly competitive nature of the sport industry with hundreds applying for a handful of jobs. Current professionals and new applicants are therefore keen to gain a competitive edge over others for promotion, with postgraduate qualifications providing one such advantage The MSc Sports Coaching and Performance course is focused upon students acquiring the knowledge and employability skills to gain employment within the sports sector with the aim of progressing into management roles USW Sport has a strong track record of creating employable graduates within the sports industry and beyond. This emphasis on student employability remains the core focus for the Sport academic subject area. High profile alumi include Jevon Groves, Elite Men’s Rugby Sevens coach for the Hong Kong Sports Institute, and James French, opposition analyst at Liverpool FC.