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Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

128 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

C609

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this course with foundation year.

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Course description

Develop specialist skills in performance analysis and coaching to train athletes to their full potential.

Designed in collaboration with our industry partners, this exciting new course will provide you with invaluable knowledge, applied experience and technological skills for a career in a highly competitive arena.

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A dynamic combination

Our BSc (Hons) Performance Analysis and Coaching Science degree links the practical experience of performance analysis and coaching with the latest academic theory. You’ll gain a sound underpinning of sport and exercise science along with specialist skills and knowledge for a career in performance sport.

We adopt an integrated, scientific approach, harnessing the latest coaching and performance analysis technologies, such as Sports Code, Dartfish and Quintic.

Real world learning in action

There are exciting opportunities for you to experience real world learning environments through our innovative learning and assessment strategies. Learning will take place in a non-traditional practical environment whilst the assessment strategy has been designed in collaboration with industry partners to reflect the work undertaken by practitioners in professional sport.

You will gain experience of working in an interdisciplinary environment with internal and external sports teams. We currently offer internship opportunities with organisations such as Derby County FC, Leicester Tigers Rugby Club and the Derbyshire Institute of Sport.

Outstanding specialist facilities

Our new £10.8m includes a main hall, fitness gym with strength and conditioning area, studios, squash and badminton courts, an internal climbing wall, sprint track, changing rooms, treatment rooms and a café. It complements our existing facilities such as floodlit all-weather pitches and tennis courts.

We have invested in cutting-edge facilities for our sports students. You’ll hone your skills in a well-equipped sport and exercise and a separate biomechanics laboratory containing the latest equipment to accurately analyse motion. In addition, we use a range of computer software packages for statistical and movement analysis. 

You’ll get to use market leading performance analysis software packages such as Sports Code, iCODA, Hudl, Dartfish and Quintic. To support these analyses you’ll also use our HD cameras, EVS tower system and have access to our suite of MacBook Pros and iPads.

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Learn from the experts

Our staff include accredited professionals who will provide you with high quality teaching and support. They are actively involved in research, high-performance sport and applied sport science consultancy. They are also members of leading professional bodies.

Join Team Derby

If you enjoy a challenge and would like to make the most of your own sporting passion and prowess, you could become involved with Team Derby which is the focal point for the University’s sporting community. It encompasses all aspects of sport, including courses, numerous sports clubs, the Athletics Union and sport development activities.

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Optional Placement YearOptional Placement YearYear 3Year 3

Code: 4BY501

Coaching and Skill Acquisition

This module will focus on the application of skill acquisition theories in the coaching practice. Students will develop an understanding of how principles such as feedback, attentional focus and the environment can inform session design and delivery; with the view to enhancing both athlete learning and performance.

Student’s practical skill development will centre upon their ability to enhance performance through the application of skill acquisition principles. Students will be taught via a variety of lectures and seminars as well practical coaching sessions. The module will also provide students with the opportunity to engage with PDP activities related to the role of the coach within the sporting industry.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4BY502

Principles of Sports Biomechanics

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to an area of study that is concerned with the internal and external forces acting on the human body and the effects of these forces on sports performance. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of mechanical principles and laws as they relate to the study of human movement and sports performance.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4SO500

Academic and Applied Skills for Sport and Exercise

This module is taught in two parts: Academic skills and research skills. The academic skills component provides students with grounding in the key skills needed to be successful at undergraduate study; including, literature searching, literature review, academic writing, referencing, and presentation skills. The research skills component gives students an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods, including descriptive statistics.

Students will learn how to collect and interpret data using a range of approaches including questionnaires, interviews and experimental methods. The emphasis on the module is to develop student’s confidence in engaging with academic literature including the associated terminology.

Personal Development Planning (PDP) will be embedded into the program with a series of “step-to-success” workshops which will support students in their professional development . Students will be required to engage with the PDP programme by collating hours in a Sport and Exercise based placement in addition to participation in associated activities in an area related to sport.

Most of the delivery will be based on seminar sessions wherein students will be given structured tasks which will be completed individually or in groups. Delivery and assessment will provide students with the opportunity to engage and explore their own area of interest with respect to the associated academic literature.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4SO501

Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology

The role of psychology is an increasingly important and recognised aspect of participation and performance in sport and exercise contexts. This module examines various personality and social-psychological factors that impact upon participation and performance.

The module offers a range of sport and exercise psychology topics focusing on three main areas: 1) Individual participants in sport and exercise, 2) Strategies for performance enhancement, and 3) Groups, group processes, and intergroup relations. For each topic, theories and research evidence are applied to practical examples.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Practical

Code: 4SO509

Introduction to Anatomy for Sport & Exercise

This module provides students with a theoretical understanding of human anatomy. The module considers the human body in action and aims to introduce students to the integrated function of anatomical systems during physical activity and exercise. The module will incorporate both theoretical and practical elements to ensure students are given the appropriate opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of anatomy within an applied context.
20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4SO532

Introduction to Performance Analysis

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to performance analysis, an area of study that is concerned with the planning, capture and evaluation of sporting performance. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of underlying principles and techniques of performance analysis and relate these to the study of sports performance.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SO502

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise

This module builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in the level 4 Research and Academic Skills module. The module is designed to prepare students for their dissertation at level 6. Students will conduct a systematic literature review in a topic area related to their degree, in order to develop a coherent research question.

Particular emphasis will be given to developing a robust rationale for the research question proposed based on a critical review of existing literature. Furthermore, students will propose a research methodology based on the rationale developed.

The overall focus of the module is on the process of “doing research”, and this will reflect in the delivery methods used. As such, students will be encouraged to explore the suitability different methodologies with respect to the research question asked. There will be the opportunity within sessions for students to critically review literature, and peer review research proposals. In addition to developing a research rationale and design for a proposed research project, students will undertake a range of in-class assessed qualitative and quantitative data analysis tasks using SPSS, including inferential statistics.

The Steps-to-Success programme will be implemented in this module, in conjunction with the employability and careers office, The focus will be placed on graduate schemes, teacher training, networking, job applications and masters programmes. Students will be required to engage with the Professional Development Planning (PDP) for Sport and Exercise programme by collating hours in a Sport and Exercise based placement in addition to participation in associated activities in an area related to sport.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Develop a coherent research question based on a review of the associated academic literature
  2. Provide a robust rationale for the research question proposed based on academic literature
  3. Develop a suitable research methodology for the proposed research question
  4. Analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data gathered from a range of research methods used in sport and exercise
  5. Demonstrate evidence of Professional Development through engagement with PDP and Sport and Exercise placement

Module content

The module will focus on the following topic areas:

  • Research proposal writing
  • Literature (critical) review
  • Research question rational
  • Research methodology (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Reliability and validity
  • Thematic analysis
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Inferential statistics
  • Probability and significance
  • Reporting/summarising data
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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5SO504

Sports Coaching: Theory & Practice

A question that is often asked by coaches and coach educators is whether coaching is an art or a science? The answer is that it is probably both and therefore it is necessary for coaches to have the knowledge and skills that cover both areas. This module will deal primarily with the ‘art’ element of the question, in the knowledge that the ‘science’ is covered in modules studied elsewhere in the programme.

The module will enable a student to develop a knowledge and understanding of the skills and techniques of sports coaching. It will involve both the theory of the coaching process and put this into practice by applying the skills.

The module in itself will not result in the award of a particular NGB qualification but will provide a good foundation of relevant coaching skills that are applicable to all NGB coaching awards. Students are encouraged to check the notice boards for the availability of courses in their chosen sport.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SO522

Applied Notational Analysis

This module focusses on developing student’s understanding of notational analysis techniques and modelling processes which underpin the collection of performance analysis data. The module will develop student’s skills in the application of contemporary performance analysis technologies. The module also aims to develop student’s skills so they can report the outcomes of analyses in applications representative of real world practice, appropriate for dissemination to both coaches and athletes.
20 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 5SO531

Applied Movement Analysis

This module introduces technique analysis and the focuses on the scientific principles which underpin this process. The module will develop student’s understanding of the collection and evaluation of technique analysis data and explore dissemination methods that are representative of real world practice.

To enhance student understanding of the appropriate use of contemporary technologies in sports analysis the module will also focus on the use of field-based methods of time-motion analysis (TMA) and mobile applications.. The module will also examine measurement issues associated with these technologies and the applied nature of this module will provide an opportunity for students to enhance their practical skills.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SO532

Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore principles of human performance drawn from the areas of Psychomotor Learning and Psychology. The module will cover the principles of perception, cognition, and motor control and extend upon the theories and ideas introduced in the both the Level 4 Coaching and Skill Acquisition and Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology modules.

It gives the opportunity to critically evaluate theories relating to perceptual processes and mechanisms underlying the control of human movement, drawing from research in cognitive psychology, motor control and learning and skill acquisition. The module ties together the processes involved in response programming, the ways in which these can be impacted by internal and external psychological factors, and the importance these processes have on the learner and learning environment; from tasks requiring the most basic of motor-unit recruitment, to highly complex skilled performance.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SO515

Biomechanical Assessment for Sport and Exercise

This module will develop the concepts and applications studied at level 4 in Principles of Sports Biomechanics. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of how the principles and methods of biomechanics can be used to investigate sport and exercise activities.

The module will support students in their understanding of the methods that are available to analyse sporting performance and their applications. It will also provide students with an opportunity to conduct and report investigations of their own sport and exercise related movements using biomechanical principles and methods. The module will prepare students for more advanced studies in the third year of their course.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5SO519

Athlete Testing and Assessment

Assessment of performance is a crucial component of the design, implementation and assessment of training protocols. As such practitioners are required to have a good understanding of a range of laboratory and field/court based assessments of performance and the ability to interpret the data appropriately in comparison to normative data. The module is designed to allow students to demonstrate the ability to select and deliver appropriate tests for a range of performance measures.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5SO521

Field Based Conditioning

Field based conditioning forms a large part of the role of a Strength and Conditioning coach, particularly those working in team sports such as football.

This module will provide students with a technical understanding of speed and power development with particular attention to field based sports skills. It will provide students with a range of techniques that can be used with both individual and team athletes in order to develop speed, agility and efficiency. Where appropriate key nutritional strategies to support training methods will be introduced.

In addition to the practical aspects of the module, students will gain an understanding of programming for a range of athletes.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical

Code: 5SO528

Applied Professional Practice

This module provides a framework for the development of “lifelong learning” skills appropriate to all areas of professional practice; including objective setting, planning, negotiating, implementing, demonstrating and reflecting. The emphasis in this module is on the analysis and evaluation of the work completed within the organisation. This module also gives students an opportunity to relate their academic knowledge to the work environment.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5SO529

Contemporary Issues in Professional Practice

Students need to be aware of the commercial realities and external factors that influence the success of an organisation. This module provides opportunities for students to acquire an understanding of contemporary issues that may impact on industrial and professional practices relevant to a career within their chosen discipline.

During this period of work experience, students can gain a deeper appreciation of the responsibilities arising from both corporate and individual responses to such issues, thus enabling them to relate to the wider world when exploring a personal direction for potential career development.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6SO500

Advanced Sports Coaching

This module will investigate the development of coaching. It will critically examine the coaching process and the role of the coach within the process, including talent identification and development. The module will bring together and apply material learnt from other modules studied throughout the course.
20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SO513

Applied Sports Science

Building on the theoretical content presented at levels 4 and 5 this module introduces the contemporary issues related to applying such theory into applied practice. More specifically the module will introduce the concept of mono, multi and interdisciplinary approaches within applied sports science.

Students will critically evaluate the strengths and the weaknesses of each method using a problem-based approach and on the understanding that performance is based upon a set of functionally inter-linking variables. The module will also introduce key concepts such as bridge building, restructuring and integration, all of which are recognised by BASES as crucial to the understanding of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to applied sports science.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SO522

Advanced Performance Analysis

This module develops previous skills gained at level 5 and further examines the role of performance analysis within sport. The module places a greater emphasis on the applied application of performance analysis and how this supports the coaching cycle within a variety of sports.

The module will provide students with a strong theoretical background in performance analysis and combines this with industry relevant experience. Students will explore a number of different software platforms and gain an understanding of which software packages are suitable for undertaking different types of analysis. Contemporary issues at the forefront of performance analysis will also be discussed and critically explored.

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20 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SO998

Independent Study for Sport and Exercise

The independent studies module provides students with the opportunity to reflect and build upon their subject knowledge and expertise by conducting an in-depth investigation; requiring a systematic and significant application of both acquired research skills and understanding.

The investigation may adopt a variety of frameworks, typically dependent upon a combination of both the discipline and topic in question. The rationale being to avoid limiting the students to the traditional empirical research format; instead empowering them to select an investigatory design that is best suited to the conduct, completion and presentation of the study in focus e.g. an industry report or an individually focused / institutionally targeted case study etc.

Irrespective of the study framework, all work requires students to apply critical scrutiny and analysis to a diversity of appropriate theories, concepts and procedures. Such work will inevitably relate to a field of study deemed appropriate by a specialist in the area. The module offers the opportunity to develop an in-depth critical understanding alongside the refinement of both their subject and research skills.

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40 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SO501

Applied Sport Psychology

This module explores selected psychological factors related to sport. It allows students to become familiar with theoretical frameworks and current sport and exercise literature related to chosen areas. Students will develop critical appraisal and develop the skills to apply theory and research to real-life practical situations. Consideration of applied consultancy practice, professional philosophy, ethics and approaches to psychological support for athletes will develop students’ understanding of applied sport psychology focusing on performance and well-being.
20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 6SO517

Advanced Athlete Testing and Assessment

Assessment of performance is a crucial component of the design, implementation and assessment of training protocols. Building on the fundamentals of Level 5 this module will allow students to design and implement a battery of tests appropriate to the needs of an individual and a sport. In addition the module will introduce athletes to statistical analysis methods appropriate to working in an applied sports science environment and methods of dissemination of results.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SO518

Advanced Field Based Conditioning

Field based conditioning forms a large part of the role of a Strength and Conditioning coach, particularly those working in team sports. This module will build on the theory learnt at level 5 and provide students with an advanced understanding of metabolic conditioning. Additional emphasis will be placed on programming for team and individual athletes with more consideration of injury risk reduction and movement proficiency. Where appropriate key nutritional strategies to support training methods will be introduced. In addition to the theoretical aspects of the module, students will be required to demonstrate competency in a range of coaching practicals.
20 Credits
optional
Practical

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

This applied programme will use the latest technology and performance analysis systems in our new £10.8m state-of-the-art sport centre to develop knowledge and skills in the classroom and applied settings. Opportunities will be available for students to work in an interdisciplinary environment, with internal and external sport teams. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an internship with professional and non-professional sport clubs and organisations, to enhance your employability.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including coursework, practicals, exams, and presentations. Assessments will be individual and group based, with a strong emphasis on applied work. All assessment methods have been designed to prepare you for industry.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Dr Tom Outram
Programme leader

As a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics and Performance Analysis, Dr Outram teaches on a variety of programmes across Sport and Exercise Science. He also runs the University's Human Performance Unit which provides sports science support to athletes, teams and coaches. 

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points128 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

This performance analysis and coaching course equips you with the knowledge and skills for employment in areas such as elite sport, performance analysis, talent identification and sport coaching in the UK and abroad.

You can also consider taking your qualifications to the next level. We now offer the MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science – which includes Sport and Exercise Psychology or Physiology pathways – where you will develop advanced knowledge in your subject. Another option is our MRes (Sport and Exercise) where you can further your applied sport science and research skills.

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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