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Interested in sport and the science that drives it? Aspire to help elite athletes perform to their highest potential? Or make your mark by tackling health challenges such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes?

With a practical emphasis on the latest sports science, you’ll learn about psychology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, strength and conditioning and performance analysis to help you give future sports stars the winning edge.

You’ll also learn about health issues from internationally acknowledged experts, giving you the real-world experience to qualify for public health roles.

With access to sports laboratory and testing equipment in our specialist sport and teaching facility, this is a course that focuses on practical hands-on training to set you up for a career in sports science.

92% of students are in work or further study within six months of finishing (Unistats, 2016)

BASES Accreditation

Northumbria has a long and successful history of professional accreditation for its courses. This course has been endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Interested in sport and the science that drives it? Aspire to help elite athletes perform to their highest potential? Or make your mark by tackling health challenges such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes?

With a practical emphasis on the latest sports science, you’ll learn about psychology, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, strength and conditioning and performance analysis to help you give future sports stars the winning edge.

You’ll also learn about health issues from internationally acknowledged experts, giving you the real-world experience to qualify for public health roles.

With access to sports laboratory and testing equipment in our specialist sport and teaching facility, this is a course that focuses on practical hands-on training to set you up for a career in sports science.

92% of students are in work or further study within six months of finishing (Unistats, 2016)

BASES Accreditation

Northumbria has a long and successful history of professional accreditation for its courses. This course has been endorsed by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Course Information

UCAS Code
C600

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
Northumberland Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

Department / Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Northumbria has been delivering programmes in sport, exercise and rehabilitation for over 30 years and is one of the top 10 sport Universities in the UK.

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With an emphasis on practical science you’ll be encouraged to develop an understanding of the skills needed to help athletes from all backgrounds and abilities get the maximum from their performance.

Assessments are designed to stimulate your interests as they encourage you to develop your skills and gain feedback on your progress.

Many of the assessments include an element of choice, allowing you to research areas of interest to you and demonstrate your passion for a particular sport or vocation to further your career skills.

Applied Sport and Exercise Science Student Profiles

Hear what it is really like to study our Applied Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) from our current students.

Book an Open Day / Experience Applied Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons)

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Your tutors speak at national and international conferences and have published hundreds of research papers in their areas of expertise. They include a member of the UK Space Biomedicine Consortium and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Many have worked in the sports industry, including coaching athletes competing at international, world and Olympic standards and bring that real-life experience to your learning.

Northumbria is ranked in the UK top 30 for excellence in sport and exercise science research power, making it the best-rated university in this field in the North East.

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At Northumbria we know how important it is that you are taught by staff who understand the sport industry. That is why all of our staff have industry experience and connections to help your learning.

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You’ll be learning and training in some of the best campus sport facilities in the country, rated top five in the UK in the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey 2015-16.

The state of the art sport and exercise science labs have been accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), providing the perfect environment to develop your knowledge and hands-on research skills.

You’ll have access to excellent facilities including Sport Central, a £30 million purpose-built sports building that offers an indoor sprint track, biomechanics lab, strength, conditioning and performance analysis suites and a physiology lab.


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Northumbria has an unrivalled reputation for sport and exercise science research power in the North East. You’ll learn from sport science experts who are internationally acknowledged for their research while developing your own enquiry and problem solving skills.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in cutting-edge research projects, benefit from expert knowledge and get first-hand insight into some of the latest developments in sports science.

You’ll develop your ability to analyse and review studies and data while learning the techniques to measure and evaluate performance in our state of the art sport science labs.


Research / Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation adopts an interdisciplinary approach to research.

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Using real-world examples as part of your assessment, you’ll develop knowledge and understanding that you can apply to contemporary sports science and health issues. For example you might be developing your entrepreneurial skills by working with business partners to develop solutions to real problems such as childhood obesity.

Volunteering, placements, networking and enterprise activities are all part of the experience that will help you develop your career potential. You’ll get real hands-on experience through work placement to boost your profile with future employers.

You’ll have the opportunity to study or work abroad for a semester or a full year. Past students have worked with elite football teams in Dubai, including those in the Arab Premier League, and coached young people in Zambia alongside educating them on health issues such as HIV and Aids. Other students have been placed with the Women’s Canadian Rugby Team and with the Olympic Ski Training Team in Whistler and Colorado.

Student Life

A great social scene can be found at the heart of our campuses, featuring award-winning bars and a huge range of clubs and societies to join you'll be sure to meet people who share your enthusiasms.

Volunteering

Challenge yourself through new experiences and join the Northumbria Sport family as one of our volunteers!

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Studying sport and exercise science at Northumbria, you’ll be following in the footsteps of the sporting elite, including Olympic gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, double Commonwealth champion swimmer Chris Cook, international volleyball player Andy Clayton, and England international rugby union player Jamie Noon.

You’ll be equipped with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to work in a variety of roles associated with sports science and performance coaching, including strength and conditioning, exercise physiology, sports therapy and sports coaching.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Are you excited by learning to help elite athletes achieve peak performance or interested in improving the health of the nation?

This course will give you the knowledge and confidence for a range of careers in sports science, coaching and physiology.

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

GCSE Requirements:

A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.

UCAS Tariff Points:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level:

From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels

Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:

Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Scottish Highers:

BBBBC - BBBBB at Higher level, BCC - BBC at Advanced Higher

Irish Highers:

ABBBB  - AABBB

IB Diploma:

128-136 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level

Access to HE Diploma:

Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 27 credits at Distinction and 18 at Merit

Qualification combinations:

The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A l

Plus one of the following:

  • International/English Language Requirements:

    Applicants from the EU:

    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/

    International Qualifications:

    If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

    English Language Requirements:

    International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

    *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications<

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1**: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are optional external continual professional development courses that you may choose to participate in, these incur additional costs. For continual professional development modules, if students choose to travel further than Newcastle for placement/volunteering/continual professional development, then they will bear these travel costs; however all activities can be completed in Newcastle, costs can vary between approximately £25-£800 per course.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

JG5001 -

Academic Language Skills for Sport Exercise and Rehabilitation (Optional, 0 Credits)

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing and to develop your use and application of language and communications skills to a higher level.

The topics you will cover on the module include:

• Understanding assignment briefs and exam questions.
• Developing academic writing skills, including citation, paraphrasing, and summarising.
• Practising ‘critical reading’ and ‘critical writing’
• Planning and structuring academic assignments (e.g. essays, reports and presentations).
• Avoiding academic misconduct and gaining credit by using academic sources and referencing effectively.
• Listening skills for lectures.
• Speaking in seminar presentations.
• Presenting your ideas
• Giving discipline-related academic presentations, experiencing peer observation, and receiving formative feedback.
• Speed reading techniques.
• Developing self-reflection skills.

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SP0468 -

Energetics of Exercise (Core, 20 Credits)

The human body is made up of thousands of chemicals, continuously interacting to sustain life. Chemical reactions underlie all physiological processes, including how your muscles contract, your heart beats and your cells liberate energy from the food you eat. In “Energetics of Exercise” you will study the basic principles of biochemistry that support life and help us understand how your body responds to, and fuels, exercise. You will study the basic principles that underpin the liberation of energy for exercise, how protein, fats and carbohydrates contribute to fuel energy supply and how energy provision differs during exercise lasting from 1 sec to several hours, from the weightlifter to the endurance athlete.

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SP0469 -

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Biomechanics (Core, 20 Credits)

You will gain a thorough practical grounding in the fundamentals of musculo-skeletal anatomy, and methods of assessment and measurement, underpinning movement analysis and biomechanics. Through this, you will learn about the role of biomechanics in analysing and understanding human movement in the context of sport and health. You will be able to explore the principles of assessment of normal movement patterns and actions, and gain practical experience in methods of kinetic and kinematic measurement and analysis commonly employed in sport and clinical biomechanics, performance analysis, and strength and conditioning.
By the end of the module you will have been given the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to:
1. Explain the basic structure and function of the musculo-skeletal system, and identify key surface anatomical landmarks.
2. Demonstrate an awareness of role of biomechanics, and of how measurement methods can be applied in both sporting and health applications.
3. Demonstrate a sound understanding of fundamental kinematic and kinetic mechanical principles, and apply these to the analysis of movement.
4. Demonstrate professional practice and ethical awareness in human movement assessment.

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SP0470 -

Fundamentals of Human Physiology (Core, 20 Credits)

This module will provide you with the foundation knowledge required for later modules on energetics and exercise physiology. In this module you will learn about the structure and way in which the different physiological systems of the body work. In addition, you will learn about how these systems are controlled both at rest and during exercise. The control of these systems is important for later modules which examine the limits to how the body works which could be during disease as well as exercise. The major physiological systems to be examined will be the cardiovascular, respiratory, bioenergetic, muscular and nervous systems.

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SP0471 -

Fundamentals of Psychology (Core, 20 Credits)

On this module you will acquire the underpinning knowledge and understanding of fundamental psychological principles and theories. You will be introduced to key concepts and approaches in psychology that have relevance to sport, exercise and health contexts. You will compare, contrast and integrate a range of different psychological perspectives that can be used to understand and explain human behaviour. You will have the opportunity to study the biological basis of behaviour, learn about how humans think perceive and remember, understand the cognitive processes instrumental in motor development, gain an insight into the nature of social interaction and group processes and study individual differences in personality and behaviour.

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SP0472 -

Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Exercise Science (Core, 20 Credits)

You will learn a systematic process of answering questions about sport and exercise science and the value of this process in the study of sport and exercise science.You will learn how to identify, justify and pursue a proposed question / problem within the sport and exercise science sub disciplines. You will also learn basic techniques of collecting and handling / analysing data produced from experiments in sport and exercise science.

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SP0473 -

Skills for Sport and Exercise Scientists (Core, 20 Credits)

On this academic support module you will develop an understanding of the key skills required for successful completion of your degree in sport and exercise sciences. You will achieve this through a variety of assessments including written work, presentations and practical demonstrations. The module aims to develop your understanding of generic transferable skills, as well as allowing you to gain experience of working safely in a sport and exercise science laboratory environment.

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SP5000 -

Continuing Professional Development in Sports Science (Optional, 20 Credits)

The main focus of the module is career specific learning within a sport and exercise context. This module builds upon the career development learning you completed at L4 and prepares you for the work placement module at L6. Employers are looking for graduates who are creative, self-motivated, able to problem solve, and able to work both independently and collaboratively. It is those highly valued personal and professional attributes that you will develop on this module.

Delivered in conjunction with employers, this module takes an innovative, ‘problem-based learning approach’ to teaching, moving away from traditional, lecture-seminar approaches and towards a more independent style of learning. This module will require you to undertake your own personally tailored CPD and to engage with real (either live or previous examples) of sport and exercise related ‘problem briefs’ from real employers working in the field of sport and exercise. Working as part of a team you will engage with employers to develop innovative, but viable, solutions to employer generated problems. You will learn how to plan and manage projects and teams, how to engage in creative problem solving, how to work as part of an interdisciplinary team and how to communicate effectively with clients. By the end of the module you will submit your final solutions in the form of a presentation and each group member will have identified their own personal strengths and how they have contributed to the team. The module will end with groups presenting their ideas to employers. Running alongside the development of your project proposal, you will design and engage with your own personal CPD plan to develop your personal employability skills.

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SP5001 -

Biomechanics Assessment in Sport Exercise and Health (Core, 20 Credits)

The aim of the first part of this module is to enable you to further develop the practical and theoretical skills you learned in previous modules. You will be introduced to 2D and 3D motion analysis and will explore kinematic and kinetic data collection and analysis. You will assess the biomechanical factors that contribute to performance and profiling and discuss, and evaluate, the use of motion analysis for the assessment of human movement in sport, health and exercise.

In the second part of the module, you will explore a range of methods of assessment for assessing both clinical and healthy populations. In particular you will discuss and evaluate the use of appropriate methods for assessment of muscular performance and then evaluate the methods used for clinical gait and postural control analysis. You will develop your practical skills and learn to use advanced kinematic and kinetic analysis protocols.

In addition, this module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour and evaluate the limitations of the data when using a range of biomechanical assessment tools, and appreciate the need for reliability and validity in data collection.

You will cover a range of topics from the following:
- 2D video data collection and analysis using Vicon Motus.
- 3D motion analysis (Vicon)
- Projectiles
- Force
- Surface electromyography
- Clinical gait analysis
- Clinical postural control data collection and analysis.

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SP5002 -

Extreme Physiology (Optional, 20 Credits)

On this module you will study the limitations to physiological function within the framework of extreme environments and fatiguing exercise. Specifically you will study the responses and adaptations to exercise in extreme temperatures and at altitude, and how the human body manages the threat to homeostasis by studying the physiology of fatigue. With support from staff and peers you will design, conduct and report an original research study to answer a question on the aetiology of fatigue during exercise in an extreme environment. Through engaging with the research process, you will learn what is required of a scientist conducting research.

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SP5003 -

Introduction to Performance Analysis (Optional, 20 Credits)

You will learn about the background to performance analysis in sport. The history of the development of technology and methods of collecting performance analysis data will be covered. Where the discipline fits into the other sport science fields will be explained and how the data can be used for multiple audiences will be shown. The important relationship between the performance analyst and coach will be highlighted and examples used from a range of sports to cement this understanding will used. Factors to remember when collecting, analysing and feeding back analysed information will be outlined and essential processes during the data analysis stage, such as; validity and reliability will be covered. You will learn what it is like to work in the applied performance analysis field with guest lectures from local performance analysts at professional clubs. You will be able to, by the end of the module, understand how to collect, analyse and present objective, reliable performance analysis data which the coach and players can use to infer about their performance and make improvements for future performances.

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SP5004 -

Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (Optional, 20 Credits)

Building upon your underpinning knowledge of human physiology and exercise physiology in your first year, you will start to apply this to the field of sport and exercise nutrition. You will learn about different dietary and energy requirements of athletes and exercising individuals, alongside gaining experience of appropriate nutritional and dietary assessment and analytical tools. Furthermore, you will explore contemporary nutritional strategies for different sports and exercise domains. Practical laboratory sessions will provide you with the opportunity to see first hand the impact differing nutritional strategies have on exercise performance and indeed the impact of exercise on nutritional status.

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SP5005 -

Physiological assessment in sport, exercise and health (Core, 20 Credits)

This module covers the main principles that underlie many of the current practices of measurement in the discipline of sport and exercise physiology. The underpinning physiological principles associated with various exercise testing procedures will be critically analysed and discussed. You will be expected to develop the skills and competencies that will enable you to select and administer a range of physiological tests. By the end of the module successful students will be capable of running a wide variety of physiological assessments ranging from working with clinical populations with limited exercise capability through to elite athletes and sportspersons.

At the end of the module successful students should be able to:
1. Discuss and evaluate the physiological basis underpinning a variety of physiological assessment tools;
2. Identify the limitations of a variety of physiological tests;
3. Analyse and interpret the data from a range of exercise physiology tests;
4. Perform a range of physiological testing procedures.

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SP5006 -

Psychological Determinants in Sport, Exercise and Health (Core, 20 Credits)

This module is designed to emphasise and evaluate the main theoretical principles that explain the key psychological determinants of behaviour in sport, exercise and health settings. You will learn about the key topics and contemporary research areas within sport, exercise and health psychology settings. You will develop the necessary analytical skills needed to make decisions with regards to the selection, justification and evaluation of key psychological factors that impact upon behaviour.

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SP5007 -

Research Design and Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)

The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills for planning and carrying out an independent research project in sport and exercise science. The module will be structured in two blocks. Block one (weeks 1-6) will address different types of research design, their strengths and weaknesses and the associated analyses appropriate to those designs. Workshop sessions will cover how to carry out data analysis techniques in specialist software and how to present the results of these analyses according to convention. The topics that you will cover will include:
- Statistical assumptions and transforming data
- Correlation, regression, and multiple regression
- Between-group differences
- Power and sample size estimation
- Within-group differences
- Factorial designs
- Qualitative techniques
- Validity and reproducibility

Block two of the module (weeks 8-12) will be given to the design and completion of student-led, small-group research projects addressing given questions. In this block you will experience the research process first hand and undertake the design, conduct, analysis, and presentation of your research in the form of an individually-produced experimental report. This will include:

Identifying the rationale for your given research question from academic literature
- Choosing and describing an appropriate design for the research question
- Correctly applying and interpreting data analysis appropriate to the reseach question
- Presenting research-related activity in accordance with accepted convention
- Understanding ethical issues that apply to your research in sport and exercise sciences

In addition, the module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour whilst considering and evaluating the limitations of data collection and data analysis methods.

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SP5022 -

Principles of Strength and Conditioning (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module will introduce you to the discipline of Strength & Conditioning, and the requirements of a career as a strength & conditioning coach. You will learn about the role of a strength & conditioning coach and the development of the discipline and it’s place within the sport science support services in the UK. You will study the physiological and biomechanical underpinnings to a range of training modalities in strength & conditioning, and identify, analyse and coach the key technical aspects of these modalities, with the ultimate aim of enhancing performance in sport.

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SP6000 -

Human Movement Science (Optional, 20 Credits)

The aim of the module is to enable you to further develop the practical and theoretical skills you learned in previous modules. You will be introduced to advanced kinematic and kinetic data collection and analysis techniques, and to potential applications relevant to current research initiatives in sport and clinical biomechanics.
In the second part of the module, you will explore advanced techniques used in clinical biomechanics. You will develop your practical skills and learn to use clinical normative profiling techniques. You will design your own projects and learn to independently collect, and critically appraise your data, and report your findings.
In addition, this module aims to develop your appreciation of scientific rigour in experimental design and testing, and to give you an understanding of how to control and measure potential sources of error, reliability and validity.

You will cover a range of topics from the following:
- Revision of fundamental principles of theoretical biomechanics applied to specific sporting skills.
- Advanced motion analysis
- Clinical gait analysis
- Clinical postural control
- Accelerometry
- disability biomechanical applications
- Inverse dynamics and modelling techniques
- Current methods of kinetic analysis and muscle activity assessment, including advanced electromyography and ultrasound
- The design of testing programmes and scientific rigour.
- Critical evaluation of limitations, validity and reliability
- Data stability, and the theoretical and practical aspects of potential sources of error: how these are identified, measured, and their effects estimated statistically.

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SP6001 -

Health promotion and clinical issues (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module takes a multidisciplinary approach to health; combining physiological, biomechanical and psychological perspectives in order to provide you with a full understanding of health, in both general and clinical populations. The real world application and industry relevance is a highlight of this module which should appeal to those students interested in working in a healthbased profession. The first part of the module focuses on clinical issues, providing you with an understanding of the role of exercise and nutrition in relation to health in special populations, disease populations and musculoskeletal injury as well as the effects of exercise on mental health. This part of the module will give you the opportunity to develop your clinical assessment and laboratory skills. The latter half of the module focuses on health promotion, aiming to give you an understanding of the psychology behind behaviour change, and how psychology can be used to design and implement effective health promotion strategies and initiatives,.
You will cover a range of topics from the following:
• Aetiology of chronic diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, and mental health conditions.
• Rehabilitation and coping strategies for chronic conditions
• Exercise and nutrition as intervention strategies in the prevention, treatment and management of chronic diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders in special populations.
• Exercise as an intervention strategy for general mental health and in the treatment of specific mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia
• Current health promotion strategies and initiatives.
• Behaviour change models such as the Transtheoretical Model, Health Belief Model and Theory of Planned Behaviour.

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SP6002 -

Sport and Exercise Placement (Core, 20 Credits)

You will be required to complete a minimum of 70 hours voluntary placement at a sports related organisation. You will be required to liaise with a host at the organisation to agree on a job role and plan your placement content and hours. You will learn how to work in a professional manner in a real world environment. You will learn how to put into practice the theory and concepts that you have learnt in the classroom. You will learn and gain experience of working in a sporting environment in a career path which you find engaging and stimulating. Key employability skills will be discussed and the process of applying for a graduate job, attending a job interview and reflecting on your own performance will all be covered. The importance of the careers service will be highlighted and the emphasis will be on student-led learning and organisation during the placement process.

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SP6003 -

Paediatric Sport and Exercise Science (Optional, 20 Credits)

Building upon your underpinning knowledge of human physiology, fundamentals of psychology and physiological assessment in sport, exercise and health, you will start to apply this to the field of paediatric sport and exercise science. You will learn about the psychological and physiological issues associated with maturation and physiological fitness testing in the exercising child and adolescent. The psychological determinants of child and adolescent sport and physical activity participation will also be examined. Furthermore, you will explore multi-disciplinary approaches to develop an intervention strategy that addresses a contemporary issue within a paediatric population.

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SP6004 -

Physiological basis of training and performance (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module covers the prescription of exercise to improve sport specific fitness and sporting performance. The focus of this module is on evidence based practice. Throughout the module you will investigate the most appropriate method(s) of training to enhance a range of components of fitness. To do this, you will be required to gather and evaluate the scientific literature that exists for different components of fitness. Furthermore, you will be required to explained the physiological adaptations that arise from different training methods and the causal mechanism improving performance arising from the identified adaptations. In addition to the critical understanding of physiological adaptations, you will examine the principles of training programme design and factors that influence training programmes.

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SP6005 -

Psychological Skills Training (Optional, 20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about and get to experience what a sport psychologist does when working with athletes. You will explore the different ways in which a sport psychologist can work with athletes, and will begin to create your own personal approach to sport psychology practice. You will be exposed to the range of different issues that a sport psychologist might encounter from performance enhancement through performance dysfunction, performance impairment and performance termination, and will learn about how a sport psychologist deals with these issues. You will find out what athletes really think of sport psychology, and how sport psychologists can use this information to make their work with athletes more effective. You will get to try out and critique a range of psychological techniques for performance enhancement including goal-setting, imagery, self-talk and progressive muscular relaxation. You will learn how to design mental training programmes for individuals and groups, and how to convince a National Governing body, Sport institute or professional sports club of the value of sports psychology services for their athletes.

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SP6006 -

Dissertation (Optional, 40 Credits)

You will develop a critical and in-depth knowledge of a specific area of interest to you in sport and exercise science. You will use the knowledge and skills developed by the two prerequisite modules in sport and exercise science (Methods of Enquiry in Sport and Exercise Science and Research Design and Analysis) or the prerequisite module in Sport and Exercise Nutrition (Research Methods) to inform your independent piece of individual research.

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SP6007 -

Sports and exercise medicine, injury and rehabilitation (Optional, 40 Credits)

This module aims to enable you to develop a critical in-depth understanding of the interdisciplinary nature, and key professional responsibilities, of the sport and exercise scientist as part of a rehabilitation team, working with diverse clinical groups and clients from multi-cultural and ethnically diverse backgrounds. You will be introduced to the specific needs of athletes and will be given the background knowledge to be able to advise them on prevention and rehabilitation strategies, based on critical evaluation of current evidence, in order to facilitate their continued participation in their chosen sport, exercise or activity.
You will be given the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of acute and chronic musculo-skeletal, and inflammatory, conditions in specific groups of athletes and to devise evidence-based rehabilitation strategies. You will also learn to critically evaluate and apply knowledge of the psychological, and physiological, aspects of injury, and recovery, when developing a rehabilitation or exercise programme for an injured performer,
In the first semester you will learn about the theory and practical application of legal, clinical, biomechanical, psychological and physiological aspects of injury and rehabilitation.
In semester two the module enables you to develop specialist knowledge in a particular aspect of sport and exercise medicine that is of interest to you. You will achieve this by producing educational material for high-level practitioners based on a critical evaluation of current evidence. Here you will be able to demonstrate your ability to independently collect, analyse, synthesise and communicate information to a professional audience of your choice.

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