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The Sport Development degree at Northumbria has been designed to provide you with a contemporary and diverse understanding of the sport industry. You will be given invaluable opportunities to work within sports coaching and sports development, with options to apply to work as a volunteer or intern for Northumbria University Sport’s Student Development programme.

The course has a strong vocational underpinning and is designed to ensure you have extensive opportunities to engage in work-based learning and gain real-life experience of the industry, thus developing and enhancing your employability skills.

Northumbria is rated as having the joint 4th best sports facilities in the country, according to Times Higher Education 2016. This course gives you the opportunity to develop your theoretical and practical sporting skills with state of the art equipment house in the infamous Sport Central building.

Thanks to our unique partnership with sport coaching organisation, Street Games, you can complete recognised coaching qualification in your first year, providing you with the basic skills required to deliver effective coaching with the sport development context.

91% of students said staff value students views and opinions about the course.
(National Student Survey, 2019)

The Sport Development degree at Northumbria has been designed to provide you with a contemporary and diverse understanding of the sport industry. You will be given invaluable opportunities to work within sports coaching and sports development, with options to apply to work as a volunteer or intern for Northumbria University Sport’s Student Development programme.

The course has a strong vocational underpinning and is designed to ensure you have extensive opportunities to engage in work-based learning and gain real-life experience of the industry, thus developing and enhancing your employability skills.

Northumbria is rated as having the joint 4th best sports facilities in the country, according to Times Higher Education 2016. This course gives you the opportunity to develop your theoretical and practical sporting skills with state of the art equipment house in the infamous Sport Central building.

Thanks to our unique partnership with sport coaching organisation, Street Games, you can complete recognised coaching qualification in your first year, providing you with the basic skills required to deliver effective coaching with the sport development context.

91% of students said staff value students views and opinions about the course.
(National Student Survey, 2019)

Course Information

UCAS Code
C6X1

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
3 years full-time or 4 years with study abroad

Department
Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

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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Book an Open Day / Experience Sport Development BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

During the first and second years of the course you will engage with modules covering a broad range of topic areas relevant to sport development including; contemporary issues, coaching, management and planning, youth and school sport and health. In your final year, you are given the opportunity to specialise in the areas most relevant to your career aspirations.

All modules in the first year and second year are core which means that all students will study all of the modules; then during the final year there are a number of options available to allow you to specialise more in your chosen interest areas. You will be taught in a diverse range of ways, including lectures, seminars, laboratory and coaching practicals, workshops, fieldwork, and placement.

The assessments on this course have an element of choice which will enable you to pursue issues and research questions of personal interest, giving you the opportunity to be creative and demonstrate individual passion, and to pursue your own vocationally relevant interests.

This course incorporates a range of assessment methods including: essays and assignments; workbooks; coaching reports; logbooks; case studies; oral presentations; project reports; coaching practical assessments; learning contracts; literature reviews; posters; examinations; portfolios; and group assessments.

Book an Open Day / Experience Sport Development BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The team of staff who deliver the course include a range of research active and practitioner based tutors who combine to offer an excellent balance of both the theoretical concepts of Sport Development and the understanding of the challenges, issues and opportunities in contemporary sport contexts.

You will be supported in your studies by research active staff members who will share their knowledge and expertise to ensure that understanding is based upon contemporary research.

The team of staff on this course have numerous connections and networks within the sport industry, and through close alliance with Team Northumbria offering numerous opportunities for you to engage with sport volunteering and internships during your time here as a student.

Staff / Meet the Team

When it comes to making sure you learn from the best, our Sports Development staff are second to none.

Book an Open Day / Experience Sport Development BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation boasts facilities for teaching and learning that rival any in the world.

Predominantly housed in Sport Central, a new £30 million pound purpose-built sports building, facilities include an indoor 40-metre sprint track, a range of state-of-the-art sport science laboratories and an environmental chamber that allows students and researchers the opportunity to manipulate environmental conditions to mimic anywhere in the world.

These facilities are complimented by multi-functional learning spaces, and afford our students hands-on experience to enhance their development as researchers and practitioners.

This course is supported by the comprehensive use of an e-learning software system (eLP), and the novel use of IT interactive delivery systems, including Lecture Capture, which records teaching sessions and publishes recordings to students to use for revision purposes and the ability to submit assignments and receive feedback electronically.

Sport Facilities

If you are looking for a university that takes a modern, professional approach and puts the student athlete at the heart of everything it does then look no further than Northumbria.

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Book an Open Day / Experience Sport Development BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

A research rich culture is a strong philosophy of this course. You will be part of a research rich culture where you will be challenged to develop creative and innovative methods of solving complex problems, such as social issues and community development, that are both current and relevant to the real world. This will allow you to become an expert in your preferred area of sports development.

This culminates in the opportunity to run a research study in your final year which enables you to create your own research philosophy and demonstrate academic rigour, independent project management and creative individual exploration of a research question. With support from your assigned tutor, you will use the skills, knowledge and expertise you have developed over the last 3 years to complete the research project.

Research / Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

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

Book an Open Day / Experience Sport Development BA (Hons)

Visit an Open Day to get an insight into what it's like to study Sport Development. Speak to staff and students from the course and get a tour of the facilities.

The Sport Development course has employability at its heart, with a number of modules dedicated to providing you with hands-on, practical experience of the industry. This will help you to gain further experience and develop your knowledge and understanding of sport careers.

A number of the modules are developed in partnership with practitioners from local sport organisations to ensure that the curriculum is in-line with current industry practice, meaning that you are being taught what you need to know for your future career. These partnerships and networks also mean that there are many opportunities to get involved in sport volunteering, such as the Zambia I.D.E.A.L project and part-time work in the North East area.

You will have the opportunity to study abroad in your second year at a partner institution, enabling you to promote sport in under-developed countries. It will also help you gain a global perspective on your subject and boost your future career prospects.

You will graduate from this course with the ability to critically analyse and appreciate contemporary sport issues and will be able to understand the policies, processes and practices of sport development within society. As a graduate of the Sport Development degree you will develop an understanding of a variety of vocational contexts and will be able to apply your knowledge to problem-solve real-world issues across the breadth of sport development contexts.

Graduates from this course go on to follow career paths in PE Teaching, sport development positions, local authority leisure, disability sport, National Governing bodies of sports, community fitness and coaching children.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

128 UCAS Tariff points
From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:
There are no specific subject requirements for this course

GCSE Requirements:
Students will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4 or C, or the equivalent.

Additional Requirements:
There are no additional requirements for this course

International Qualifications:
We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match those shown above. If you have taken qualifications outside the UK you can find out how your qualifications compare by visiting our country page 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<

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications which may not match those shown above.

If you have qualifications from outside the UK, find out what you need by visiting www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 

English Language Requirements:

International applicants shoud have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an 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 in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqu

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1: £9,250

International Fee in Year 1: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There is a second year core CPD module and an optional third year continual professional development module that you may choose to participate in, these may 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 module.

Scholarships and Discounts

Click here for UK and EU undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International undergraduate funding and scholarships information.

Fees and Funding 2021/22 Entry

UK/EU Fee in Year 1*: TBC

** Fees for 2021/22 have not yet been announced – as an indication fees for 2020/21 are £9,250.

International Fee in Year 1: TBC

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

TBC

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How to Apply

Applications via UCAS

Most full-time and sandwich first degrees, extended degrees, DipHE and HND courses require that application is made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Clearing House.

If you are at school or college, staff there will advise you on how to apply. If you are not at school or college, you can apply using the UCAS secure, web-based online application system ucasapply.

Applicants apply via UCAS apply wherever there is access to the internet, and full instructions and an online help facility is available. Application details can be checked and printed at any time, text for personal statements and references can be copied and pasted into applications from a word processing package, and applications can normally be processed by the relevant Clearing House within one working day once submitted. More details on apply can be found on the UCAS website at www.ucas.com.

  • The UCAS institution code for Northumbria University is NORTH N77

If you wish to defer your entry, you should ensure you indicate this in section 3i of the application form. Full details of application deadlines and the application fee can be found on the UCAS website. Please note, however, we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry to our Teacher Training, Nursing, Midwifery and Operating Department Practice programmes.

Application Deadlines

Equal consideration is given to all applications received at UCAS by 6.00pm on 15 January. Details of all UCAS deadlines can be found on the UCAS website www.ucas.com.

UCAS will accept applications up to 30 June, but we can only consider these if there are still vacancies in relevant subjects. You are advised to check with the University before applying for popular courses which may already be full. Candidates applying for any courses after early September must follow the UCAS Late Registration Procedure, and we will provide the appropriate form.

Decision Making Process

When we receive your application it will be forwarded to the Admissions Tutor who will consider your application in accordance with the University’s Admissions Policy.

Most subject areas do not require applicants to attend an interview as part of the selection procedure. However, if the standard procedure is to interview candidates, this is specified in the degree programme entrance requirements. Some courses, such as Health, Social Work and Teacher Training, require specific checks or requirements to be put in place during the normal selection process. These are detailed on the individual course details pages.

Fairness and Transparency

The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

What Happens Next

You will receive one of the following from UCAS or our Admissions Office:

  • Conditional offer which depends on you achieving certain grades from forthcoming examinations, completing relevant checks, or other requirements prior to entry. You may be asked to send us a copy of your certificates/qualifications once these have been received to enable us to confirm your offer. Not all examination results are sent to Universities via UCAS.
  • Unconditional offer if you have already satisfied entry requirements.
  • Reject your application.

Tuition Fee Assessment

Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website www.ukcisa.org.uk to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process

Interviews

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening

Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire, and you may be required to attend a doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning your programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from your own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, you may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background

To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them - unless you are applying for one of the courses outlined within the following paragraph.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled ‘Criminal Convictions’. You must disclose anycriminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet ‘How to Apply’. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. 

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must tell UCAS and the University. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell UCAS and the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks

Please note that both UCAS and the University follow anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

Plagiarism

Applicants suspected of providing, or found to have provided, false information will be referred to UCAS if their application was made via UCAS. The same is true for applicants who are suspected of omitting, or found to have omitted, information that they are required to disclose according to UCAS regulations. Applications identified by UCAS’s Similarity Detection software to contain plagiarised material will be considered on an individual basis by Admissions Staff, taking into account the nature, relevance and importance of the plagiarism. The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.

Extra

The Extra process enables applicants who have not been offered a place, or have declined all offers received, can use EXTRA to apply for other courses that still have vacancies before Clearing starts. The Extra process normally operates from late February until the end of June and Applicants should use the Course Search facility at UCAS to find which courses have vacancies.

Clearing

If you have not succeeded in gaining a place at your firm or insurance university, UCAS will send you details about Clearing, the procedure which matches course vacancies with students who do not have a university place. Information about degree vacancies at Northumbria is published in the national press; and you can also find information on our dedicated Clearing web pages during this period. We operate a Helpline - 0191 40 60 901 - throughout the Clearing period for enquiries about course vacancies.

Adjustment
If an applicant has both met and exceeded the conditions of their firmly accepted offer, they will have up to five calendar days from the time their place was confirmed (or A level results day, whichever is the later) to research places more appropriate to their performance. Applicants will have to nominate themselves for this system, and their eligibility will be confirmed by the institution they apply to adjust to.

Going to University from Care
Northumbria University is proud of its work in widening participation of young people and adults to university. We have recently been successful in being awarded the Frank Buttle Trust Quality Mark for Care Leavers in Higher Education. This mark was created to recognise institutions who go that extra mile to support students who have been in public care. To find out more, visit our Going to University from Care web page.

Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051

International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST
UK
Email: international@northumbria.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact internationaladmissions@northumbria.ac.uk or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

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 (Core – for International and EU students only,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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SP0474 -

Introduction to Sports Coaching (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to help you develop an understanding of the fundamental skills of effective coaching and their relavance within the coaching process. In doing so you will gain an understanding of the UK coaching industry and investigate the importance of the roles of an effective coach, characteristics of leadership, and the fundamental key practice and coaching skills of effective coaching. These will be underpinned by current theories and models associated with effective coaching. The module will address the differences in practice and examine participation and performance coaching. You will be given an opportunity to gain practical coaching experience and observe coaches in action within this module.

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SP0475 -

Examining Sport Participation (Core,20 Credits)

Examining Sport Participation introduces the importance and value of understanding the factors and outcomes related to participation in sport. It does this by outlining how sport participation can be the focus of research and provides examples of what can be learned through the systematic study of sport participation. The module aims to develop students’ foundational knowledge of the research process, how to read and understand scientific studies, as well as the tools used to collect data and how it can be evaluated. Furthermore, students will also develop their awareness of the importance of researching sport participation to enhance applied practice.

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SP0477 -

Professional Skills for Sport (Core,20 Credits)

‘Professional Skills for Sport’ is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of skills relevant to sport graduates. This will include academic (writing, presentation, referencing, studying), personal (leadership, teamwork, reflection, communication) and professional (career development and planning, time management) skills. Specifically in regards to the content covered within ‘Professional Skills for Sport’, the academic skills will be based on the standards currently stipulated and used at Northumbria University. You will also demonstrate a theoretical understanding and gain the ability to reflect on those personal skills learned and covered through the module in both from an individual and team/group perspective. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of how to plan for a career within the sports industry through the use of the academic and personal skills covered in addition to information currently utilised in the external working environment for gaining and retaining employment.

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SP0478 -

Sport and Social Issues (Core,20 Credits)

Sport and Social Issues adopts a social science approach to studying sport. It should help you to become more aware of the relationship between sport and society. You may well already have a sense of when sport makes headline news, which a good starting point, but you will be introduced to other issues that may not be immediately obvious. Importantly, you will learn to look beyond what we see on the surface, and beyond what journalists highlight in the news to understand social issues related to themes such as social class, gender, race, the economy, the media, politics and violence.

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SP0479 -

Introduction to Sport, Physical Activity and Health (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to give students an understanding of the key issues in physical activity and health. The latest physical activity guidelines will be scrutinised, along with the barriers or facilitators that influence people in their choice of active or inactive lifestyles. The module is largely theoretical in nature, although students will be encouraged to actively participate in class discussions and workshops regarding their own health and fitness practices.

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SP0481 -

Introduction to Sport Development (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the functions and processes central to contemporary Sport Development. You will also learn about how sport is structured, governed, funded and managed within the UK today. The module incorporates elements of sport management to help you to explore the current sport development practice.
Key topics you will cover include:
- What is sport development and how is it defined?
- How is sport structured in the UK?
- Who governs sport in the UK?
- What are the current agendas and policies influencing UK sport?
- What are the key processes used by sport organisations to manage sport development?

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SD0512 -

Sport: Continued Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The main focus of the module is work, or career, specific learning. It encourages you to develop independence and to take responsibility for your own career-relevant skill development. This process is supplemented by the inclusion of generic lectures, workshops, associated directed learning tasks and individual tutorial support. The generic lectures will provide you with the knowledge necessary to allow you to capitalise upon this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Workshops and directed tasks will allow for the development of essential self-reflection skills.
Generic lecture and workshop topics include:
· Self-reflection and SMART analysis and Key Skills exercises to establish your development needs as a Sport Coach / Sport Development Practitioner.
· Creating a CPD contract and CPD Portfolio
· Identifying appropriate Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to enhance your degree related expertise and aspirations

Once you have written your SMART / Key Skills analysis and CPD contract you will then be able to identify a number of potential CPD opportunities in the form of short courses, workshops, coaching awards, etc. Many of the skills and abilities you will learn will be of value to your life-long learning aspirations.

Potential CPD Opportunities may include:
· Volunteering / working in a sport coaching / sport development environment
· Working in a PE context
· Shadowing a professional in the workplace
· Writing business plans
· Writing grant applications
· Attendance at conferences, workshops, courses.

Regular contact is maintained between you and your supervisor in order to ensure that you are supported throughout the module.

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SP5010 -

Coaching Skills and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Coaching Skills and Practice’ (SP0500) builds upon that introduced in SP0400 - practice skills, practice behaviours - to consider why these are important to the coaching process and how these practices and behaviours can be used to create progressive and transferable outcomes in a series of coaching sessions. This module aims to introduce the concepts of how to create an engaging and positive motivational climate (eg. self-determination, achievement goals) which influences athletes’ behaviours, engagement, and well-being in sport. Furthermore, you will also develop awareness of how a theoretical understanding of motor skills acquisition can be applied to the coaching process which includes previous and current theroies of motor skill acquisition (eg. information processing, dynamical systems).

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SP5011 -

Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport (PESS) (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to provide students with an insight into a range of contemporary UK education, and Physical Education (PE) specific policies, strategies and initiatives published by professional bodies and government departments. More broadly, students will critically discuss and analyse a range of contemporary strategies impacting on PESS. Most notably, these include the PE and Sport Premium and the New National Curriculum for PE (NCPE). Particular attention will be directed to the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for PE at Key Stages 1 to 4 enshrined in the new NCPE, and the impact that the PE and Sport Premium has had on the delivery of primary school PE. Linked to the PE and Sport Premium, students will develop awareness of the shifting role of the PE teacher and sports coach as well as other contemporary issues such as obesity, intensity training and inclusion.

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SP5012 -

Sport Research in Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Sport Research in Practice moves you further on in your research enquiry by supporting you to generate a research question, and to learn how to collect and analyse data to answer this.

In order to do this you will be introduced to key concepts, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to your study of sport. You will develop knowledge and understanding about:
- research questions and rationales
- belief systems about what we can know and how we can know it (Ontology and Epistemology),
- how we can go about finding out? (Methodology),
- collecting or generating data (Methods) and;
- analysing and interpreting findings (Analysis).

You will learn how to bring all these elements together by working ethically through a research process and engaging in practical research design using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The module focuses on practical interviewing and questionnaires experience, as well as ethically appropriate data collection and analysis. Ultimately, the module prepares you to cover all requirements of a research dissertation in level 6, in terms of theoretical understanding and practical use of research tools and subsequent analysis.

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SP5013 -

Sport and Community (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the concept of community sports development and the role of community sport in addressing key issues of social inclusion and community regeneration. You will analyse key factors contributing to social inclusion, and examine local and national community sports development policies and initiatives. You will develop knowledge and understanding of community issues and an awareness of community sports development initiatives.

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SP5015 -

Managing Sport Development Projects (Core,20 Credits)

This module provides you with an introduction to the planning and delivery of sport development programmes and projects. It will provide you with the knowledge and understanding, usually through a partnership with external professionals, of the requirements of managing all of the elements involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a sports development project. The content of the module will include an introduction to the planning and delivery of community based sports schemes; the planning process; project planning; project logistics; and project delivery. Within the module you will engage with local partners to observe projects in practice and to plan and deliver a small-scale sport development project.

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SP5025 -

Sport Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University and, where appropriate, complementary activities as agreed between the student and module tutor.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the module as part of the overall assessment.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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AT5004 -

Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Business which is made up of 5 modules which students study in Newcastle (semester 1) and Amsterdam (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ business awareness and their soft skills through a semester of study in the UK followed by engagement in studying in Amsterdam and working on real business projects to further enhance and develop this knowledge, skills and attributes.

Semester 1 in the UK comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to business and management, which also equips the students for a semester in Amsterdam, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project. Of the modules studies in Semester 1 provide students with the “soft”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project in Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will work move to Amsterdam and study two modules on Northumbria licensed premises. The first module, Group Business Consultancy Project, is a Level 5 40 credit Consultancy Project providing a supported and challenging experience with real business supervised by Northumbria and possibly Dutch academics. The final module complements the development of business knowledge and application through a contextualised consideration of International Business. This will also add to the Business Consultancy experience, thereby guaranteeing a coherent business experience.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
HR9505 Managing People at Work (20 credits)
SM9511 Global Business Environment (20 credits)
AF5022 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Semester 2
AT5000 Digital Business (20)
AT5001 Group Business Consultancy Project (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the group consultancy work will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Business UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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SP5024 -

Sport Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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SP6008 -

Talent ID and High Performance Coaching (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed for students to critically analyse the skills required to coach and nurture athletic talent at a high performance level. The module will further explore and critique contemporary long term athlete models, talent Identification and development pathways and their impact on performance, long term participation and well being. Students will have the opportunity to generate, direct and manage the implementation of cutting-edge research informed coaching solutions and practice. The module will also critically examine what is meant by the terms talent and high performance coaching, identify the skills and competencies needed to coach in a high performance setting , investigate the problems a high performance coach may encounter and provide potential solutions to maximise effective coaching practice.

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SP6010 -

Physical Activity and Exercise Interventions for Health (Optional,20 Credits)

Ultimately humans need to move effectively and those creating functionally enhancing developmental programmes for clients must have this outcome in mind. This module will enable students to assess measure and evaluate in order to make appropriate recommendations to clients’ lifestyles from a health and fitness perspective. Students will learn to critique current testing procedures and apply exercise modifications based upon client lifestyle factors and organise and plan training based upon the unique needs of each individual and their preferred activity.
Areas studied will include measurement issues in movement patterns for exercise in the general public; Potentially dangerous and ineffective exercises; ‘Functional’ training; specific common conditions and diseases in certain population groups,and consideration of lifestyle factors of the inactive.

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SP6012 -

Equitable Practice for Sport (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to help you to develop a critical appreciation of the concepts of equality and equity as fundamental principles underpinning sports development policy and practice in the UK. The module promotes critical self-reflection in relation to your own practice and future professional roles. Through examination of various ‘isms’ such as sexism, racism and disablism you will explore concepts such as discrimination and then look at the impact these issues can have on professional practice within sport development organisations. You will be encouraged to develop ideas and solutions to these problems consider how current industry practice could be improved.

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SP6013 -

International Perspectives of Sport Development (Core,20 Credits)

International Perspectives of Sport Development examines the role sport plays in contemporary global society. A critical social science perspective is adopted to examine how and why governments, national government organisations, NGOs and other organisations use sport. The module reviews a range of theoretical debates and analyses relevant case studies to illustrate the breadth of practice within and between countries. Research studies are used to examine the most important issues facing practitioners within sports development.

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SP6015 -

Professional Development through Sport (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a tailored programme of professional development activities relevant to your own sport-related career interests and needs. In addition you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the value of professional development activities in enhancing employability within the sport industry. As part of the module you will also be encouraged to develop your critical reflection skills both in reflecting upon your own professional development and your awareness of the wider sport industry. Module content will be based around understanding the meaning of employability within the sport context, exploring professional development and work-based learning, and developing employability based skills such as action planning, reflection and interview skills to enhance your work readiness.

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SP6018 -

Sport Event Management (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate a sport event. This module is designed to provide you with a vocationally-relevant sport management experience, founded upon theoretical principles. You are required to work in a group to plan and deliver a sports event, and then individually evaluate one aspect of the event. The module is intended to promote entrepreneurship and creativity as well as personal and collective responsibility by means of a real-life challenge.

On this module you will conduct a critical analysis of sport event literature, evaluate planning models, conduct market research, and reflect on the acquisition of graduate attributes, such as;
· Creativity
· Resilience;
· Teamwork and leadership;
· Advanced communication skills;
· Entrepreneurship and Employability;
· Cultural awareness and ethical behaviour within the sport environment.

Planning, implementing, and evaluating a sports event is challenging. It will test your knowledge and skills across a number of academic disciplines. Similarly, the live project assessments will add a new dimension to your learning experience. They are designed to be authentic, as such you will have a significant degree of autonomy in how you develop your team, conceptualise your event plan, and begin the implementation process. Due to the autonomous, yet supportive, teaching philosophy adopted on this module, you will find it a highly rewarding experience.

Generally through your active engagement with this module, you will develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your professional competencies in a range of skills and attributes, which are transferable and desirable in a number of industry sectors.

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SP6020 -

Sport Development, Management and Coaching Dissertation (UG) (Core,40 Credits)

On this module you will learn about and will conduct an applied research project. You will develop in-depth knowledge of a specific area in sport (within the remit of your degree programme) in relation to a research problem of contemporary relevance to the industry or profession. You will do this by conducting and writing up a research project, through independent study, under the supervision of a tutor. As such, you will use the knowledge and skills previously developed in level 5, Sport Research and Practice and multiple-knowledge based modules, to engage in the research process. You will define a research question, critically review previous literature, design and implement an empirical study, after ethical approval. You will learn to design a project that is well planned, coherent, logical and ethical. After this you will learn how to disseminate research in written and poster format. You will learn how to apply the knowledge you create to make practice recommendations.

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SP6033 -

Applied Coaching of Individual Sports in an Educational Setting (Optional,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to build upon and apply the knowledge, skills and experience gained at Level 4 and Level 5 to the teaching of net wall games and individual activities, such as badminton, gymnastics and athletics. Throughout the module you will have the opportunity to further develop your coaching skills and practice but with specific emphasis on utilising these in order to teach the skills and techniques involved in individual activities and net wall games in a school environment. A major part of this module will be the opportunity to develop your practical skills and gain an critical understanding of how to develop these with students in an educational context.

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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 (Core – for International and EU students only,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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SP0474 -

Introduction to Sports Coaching (Core,20 Credits)

This module aims to help you develop an understanding of the fundamental skills of effective coaching and their relavance within the coaching process. In doing so you will gain an understanding of the UK coaching industry and investigate the importance of the roles of an effective coach, characteristics of leadership, and the fundamental key practice and coaching skills of effective coaching. These will be underpinned by current theories and models associated with effective coaching. The module will address the differences in practice and examine participation and performance coaching. You will be given an opportunity to gain practical coaching experience and observe coaches in action within this module.

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SP0475 -

Examining Sport Participation (Core,20 Credits)

Examining Sport Participation introduces the importance and value of understanding the factors and outcomes related to participation in sport. It does this by outlining how sport participation can be the focus of research and provides examples of what can be learned through the systematic study of sport participation. The module aims to develop students’ foundational knowledge of the research process, how to read and understand scientific studies, as well as the tools used to collect data and how it can be evaluated. Furthermore, students will also develop their awareness of the importance of researching sport participation to enhance applied practice.

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SP0477 -

Professional Skills for Sport (Core,20 Credits)

‘Professional Skills for Sport’ is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and application of skills relevant to sport graduates. This will include academic (writing, presentation, referencing, studying), personal (leadership, teamwork, reflection, communication) and professional (career development and planning, time management) skills. Specifically in regards to the content covered within ‘Professional Skills for Sport’, the academic skills will be based on the standards currently stipulated and used at Northumbria University. You will also demonstrate a theoretical understanding and gain the ability to reflect on those personal skills learned and covered through the module in both from an individual and team/group perspective. Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of how to plan for a career within the sports industry through the use of the academic and personal skills covered in addition to information currently utilised in the external working environment for gaining and retaining employment.

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SP0478 -

Sport and Social Issues (Core,20 Credits)

Sport and Social Issues adopts a social science approach to studying sport. It should help you to become more aware of the relationship between sport and society. You may well already have a sense of when sport makes headline news, which a good starting point, but you will be introduced to other issues that may not be immediately obvious. Importantly, you will learn to look beyond what we see on the surface, and beyond what journalists highlight in the news to understand social issues related to themes such as social class, gender, race, the economy, the media, politics and violence.

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SP0479 -

Introduction to Sport, Physical Activity and Health (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to give students an understanding of the key issues in physical activity and health. The latest physical activity guidelines will be scrutinised, along with the barriers or facilitators that influence people in their choice of active or inactive lifestyles. The module is largely theoretical in nature, although students will be encouraged to actively participate in class discussions and workshops regarding their own health and fitness practices.

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SP0481 -

Introduction to Sport Development (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will learn about the functions and processes central to contemporary Sport Development. You will also learn about how sport is structured, governed, funded and managed within the UK today. The module incorporates elements of sport management to help you to explore the current sport development practice.
Key topics you will cover include:
- What is sport development and how is it defined?
- How is sport structured in the UK?
- Who governs sport in the UK?
- What are the current agendas and policies influencing UK sport?
- What are the key processes used by sport organisations to manage sport development?

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SD0512 -

Sport: Continued Professional Development (Core,20 Credits)

The main focus of the module is work, or career, specific learning. It encourages you to develop independence and to take responsibility for your own career-relevant skill development. This process is supplemented by the inclusion of generic lectures, workshops, associated directed learning tasks and individual tutorial support. The generic lectures will provide you with the knowledge necessary to allow you to capitalise upon this Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity. Workshops and directed tasks will allow for the development of essential self-reflection skills.
Generic lecture and workshop topics include:
· Self-reflection and SMART analysis and Key Skills exercises to establish your development needs as a Sport Coach / Sport Development Practitioner.
· Creating a CPD contract and CPD Portfolio
· Identifying appropriate Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities to enhance your degree related expertise and aspirations

Once you have written your SMART / Key Skills analysis and CPD contract you will then be able to identify a number of potential CPD opportunities in the form of short courses, workshops, coaching awards, etc. Many of the skills and abilities you will learn will be of value to your life-long learning aspirations.

Potential CPD Opportunities may include:
· Volunteering / working in a sport coaching / sport development environment
· Working in a PE context
· Shadowing a professional in the workplace
· Writing business plans
· Writing grant applications
· Attendance at conferences, workshops, courses.

Regular contact is maintained between you and your supervisor in order to ensure that you are supported throughout the module.

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SP5010 -

Coaching Skills and Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Coaching Skills and Practice’ (SP0500) builds upon that introduced in SP0400 - practice skills, practice behaviours - to consider why these are important to the coaching process and how these practices and behaviours can be used to create progressive and transferable outcomes in a series of coaching sessions. This module aims to introduce the concepts of how to create an engaging and positive motivational climate (eg. self-determination, achievement goals) which influences athletes’ behaviours, engagement, and well-being in sport. Furthermore, you will also develop awareness of how a theoretical understanding of motor skills acquisition can be applied to the coaching process which includes previous and current theroies of motor skill acquisition (eg. information processing, dynamical systems).

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SP5011 -

Contemporary Issues in PE and School Sport (PESS) (Core,20 Credits)

The module is designed to provide students with an insight into a range of contemporary UK education, and Physical Education (PE) specific policies, strategies and initiatives published by professional bodies and government departments. More broadly, students will critically discuss and analyse a range of contemporary strategies impacting on PESS. Most notably, these include the PE and Sport Premium and the New National Curriculum for PE (NCPE). Particular attention will be directed to the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for PE at Key Stages 1 to 4 enshrined in the new NCPE, and the impact that the PE and Sport Premium has had on the delivery of primary school PE. Linked to the PE and Sport Premium, students will develop awareness of the shifting role of the PE teacher and sports coach as well as other contemporary issues such as obesity, intensity training and inclusion.

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SP5012 -

Sport Research in Practice (Core,20 Credits)

Sport Research in Practice moves you further on in your research enquiry by supporting you to generate a research question, and to learn how to collect and analyse data to answer this.

In order to do this you will be introduced to key concepts, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to your study of sport. You will develop knowledge and understanding about:
- research questions and rationales
- belief systems about what we can know and how we can know it (Ontology and Epistemology),
- how we can go about finding out? (Methodology),
- collecting or generating data (Methods) and;
- analysing and interpreting findings (Analysis).

You will learn how to bring all these elements together by working ethically through a research process and engaging in practical research design using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The module focuses on practical interviewing and questionnaires experience, as well as ethically appropriate data collection and analysis. Ultimately, the module prepares you to cover all requirements of a research dissertation in level 6, in terms of theoretical understanding and practical use of research tools and subsequent analysis.

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SP5013 -

Sport and Community (Core,20 Credits)

On this module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the concept of community sports development and the role of community sport in addressing key issues of social inclusion and community regeneration. You will analyse key factors contributing to social inclusion, and examine local and national community sports development policies and initiatives. You will develop knowledge and understanding of community issues and an awareness of community sports development initiatives.

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SP5015 -

Managing Sport Development Projects (Core,20 Credits)

This module provides you with an introduction to the planning and delivery of sport development programmes and projects. It will provide you with the knowledge and understanding, usually through a partnership with external professionals, of the requirements of managing all of the elements involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a sports development project. The content of the module will include an introduction to the planning and delivery of community based sports schemes; the planning process; project planning; project logistics; and project delivery. Within the module you will engage with local partners to observe projects in practice and to plan and deliver a small-scale sport development project.

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SP5025 -

Sport Study Abroad (60 credit) (Optional,60 Credits)

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which facilitate study abroad within the programme. You will undertake a semester of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University and, where appropriate, complementary activities as agreed between the student and module tutor.

Learning outcomes on the year-long modules on which the student is unable to attend the home institution must be met at the host institution, and marks from the host are incorporated into the module as part of the overall assessment.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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AT5004 -

Year in International Business (This is made up of 5 modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

This overarching module descriptor covers the Year in International Business which is made up of 5 modules which students study in Newcastle (semester 1) and Amsterdam (semester 2).

This additional year of studies has been designed to develop students’ business awareness and their soft skills through a semester of study in the UK followed by engagement in studying in Amsterdam and working on real business projects to further enhance and develop this knowledge, skills and attributes.

Semester 1 in the UK comprises three 20-credit modules aimed at students new to business and management, which also equips the students for a semester in Amsterdam, working in teams on a “real-world”, client facing project. Of the modules studies in Semester 1 provide students with the “soft”, “analytical” and “project management” skills necessary to embark on a “real-world” client-centred consultancy project in Semester 2. In Semester 2, students will work move to Amsterdam and study two modules on Northumbria licensed premises. The first module, Group Business Consultancy Project, is a Level 5 40 credit Consultancy Project providing a supported and challenging experience with real business supervised by Northumbria and possibly Dutch academics. The final module complements the development of business knowledge and application through a contextualised consideration of International Business. This will also add to the Business Consultancy experience, thereby guaranteeing a coherent business experience.

The modules are outlined below:

Semester 1
HR9505 Managing People at Work (20 credits)
SM9511 Global Business Environment (20 credits)
AF5022 Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

Semester 2
AT5000 Digital Business (20)
AT5001 Group Business Consultancy Project (40 credits)

In semester 1, students will learn in an environment aligned to that of business students on full time programmes. A mixture of large group and small group sessions will take place. In semester 2, in accordance with the experiential learning pedagogical approach in the Business Clinic operated at Newcastle Business School, the group consultancy work will involve students working in groups, facilitated by academics but also independently and amongst their peers in collaborative project work to provide real business consultancy. Assessment has been developed in accordance with Northumbria’s Assessment for Learning principles including a broad mix of assessment appropriate to the learning outcomes being assessed and with opportunities for formative feedback.

A student who passes all modules will, on successful completion of their undergraduate programme of study, have the title “(Year in International Business UK and Amsterdam)” added to their degree award title. Students who do not pass 120 credits will have those modules that have been completed recorded on their transcript.

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SP5024 -

Sport Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)

The Study Abroad Year module is a full year 120 credit module which is available on degree courses which include a study abroad year which is taken as an additional year of study at level 5 and before level 6. You will undertake a year of study abroad at a European University under the ERASMUS+ exchange scheme or at an approved partner University elsewhere. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). Your study abroad year will be assessed on a pass/fail basis. It will not count towards your final degree classification but, if you pass, it is recognised in your transcript as a 120 credit Study Abroad Module and on your degree certificate in the format – “Degree title (with Study Abroad Year)”.

Note: This is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

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SP6008 -

Talent ID and High Performance Coaching (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed for students to critically analyse the skills required to coach and nurture athletic talent at a high performance level. The module will further explore and critique contemporary long term athlete models, talent Identification and development pathways and their impact on performance, long term participation and well being. Students will have the opportunity to generate, direct and manage the implementation of cutting-edge research informed coaching solutions and practice. The module will also critically examine what is meant by the terms talent and high performance coaching, identify the skills and competencies needed to coach in a high performance setting , investigate the problems a high performance coach may encounter and provide potential solutions to maximise effective coaching practice.

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SP6010 -

Physical Activity and Exercise Interventions for Health (Optional,20 Credits)

Ultimately humans need to move effectively and those creating functionally enhancing developmental programmes for clients must have this outcome in mind. This module will enable students to assess measure and evaluate in order to make appropriate recommendations to clients’ lifestyles from a health and fitness perspective. Students will learn to critique current testing procedures and apply exercise modifications based upon client lifestyle factors and organise and plan training based upon the unique needs of each individual and their preferred activity.
Areas studied will include measurement issues in movement patterns for exercise in the general public; Potentially dangerous and ineffective exercises; ‘Functional’ training; specific common conditions and diseases in certain population groups,and consideration of lifestyle factors of the inactive.

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SP6012 -

Equitable Practice for Sport (Core,20 Credits)

This module is designed to help you to develop a critical appreciation of the concepts of equality and equity as fundamental principles underpinning sports development policy and practice in the UK. The module promotes critical self-reflection in relation to your own practice and future professional roles. Through examination of various ‘isms’ such as sexism, racism and disablism you will explore concepts such as discrimination and then look at the impact these issues can have on professional practice within sport development organisations. You will be encouraged to develop ideas and solutions to these problems consider how current industry practice could be improved.

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SP6013 -

International Perspectives of Sport Development (Core,20 Credits)

International Perspectives of Sport Development examines the role sport plays in contemporary global society. A critical social science perspective is adopted to examine how and why governments, national government organisations, NGOs and other organisations use sport. The module reviews a range of theoretical debates and analyses relevant case studies to illustrate the breadth of practice within and between countries. Research studies are used to examine the most important issues facing practitioners within sports development.

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SP6015 -

Professional Development through Sport (Optional,20 Credits)

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to undertake a tailored programme of professional development activities relevant to your own sport-related career interests and needs. In addition you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the value of professional development activities in enhancing employability within the sport industry. As part of the module you will also be encouraged to develop your critical reflection skills both in reflecting upon your own professional development and your awareness of the wider sport industry. Module content will be based around understanding the meaning of employability within the sport context, exploring professional development and work-based learning, and developing employability based skills such as action planning, reflection and interview skills to enhance your work readiness.

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SP6018 -

Sport Event Management (Optional,20 Credits)

You will learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate a sport event. This module is designed to provide you with a vocationally-relevant sport management experience, founded upon theoretical principles. You are required to work in a group to plan and deliver a sports event, and then individually evaluate one aspect of the event. The module is intended to promote entrepreneurship and creativity as well as personal and collective responsibility by means of a real-life challenge.

On this module you will conduct a critical analysis of sport event literature, evaluate planning models, conduct market research, and reflect on the acquisition of graduate attributes, such as;
· Creativity
· Resilience;
· Teamwork and leadership;
· Advanced communication skills;
· Entrepreneurship and Employability;
· Cultural awareness and ethical behaviour within the sport environment.

Planning, implementing, and evaluating a sports event is challenging. It will test your knowledge and skills across a number of academic disciplines. Similarly, the live project assessments will add a new dimension to your learning experience. They are designed to be authentic, as such you will have a significant degree of autonomy in how you develop your team, conceptualise your event plan, and begin the implementation process. Due to the autonomous, yet supportive, teaching philosophy adopted on this module, you will find it a highly rewarding experience.

Generally through your active engagement with this module, you will develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your professional competencies in a range of skills and attributes, which are transferable and desirable in a number of industry sectors.

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SP6020 -

Sport Development, Management and Coaching Dissertation (UG) (Core,40 Credits)

On this module you will learn about and will conduct an applied research project. You will develop in-depth knowledge of a specific area in sport (within the remit of your degree programme) in relation to a research problem of contemporary relevance to the industry or profession. You will do this by conducting and writing up a research project, through independent study, under the supervision of a tutor. As such, you will use the knowledge and skills previously developed in level 5, Sport Research and Practice and multiple-knowledge based modules, to engage in the research process. You will define a research question, critically review previous literature, design and implement an empirical study, after ethical approval. You will learn to design a project that is well planned, coherent, logical and ethical. After this you will learn how to disseminate research in written and poster format. You will learn how to apply the knowledge you create to make practice recommendations.

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SP6033 -

Applied Coaching of Individual Sports in an Educational Setting (Optional,20 Credits)

The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to build upon and apply the knowledge, skills and experience gained at Level 4 and Level 5 to the teaching of net wall games and individual activities, such as badminton, gymnastics and athletics. Throughout the module you will have the opportunity to further develop your coaching skills and practice but with specific emphasis on utilising these in order to teach the skills and techniques involved in individual activities and net wall games in a school environment. A major part of this module will be the opportunity to develop your practical skills and gain an critical understanding of how to develop these with students in an educational context.

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