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Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Education and Coaching) BSc Honours

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October 2018
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Wesley Fox

The role of the sports coach is diverse, working with everyone from elite sportspeople and teams to young people and community groups. You will support athletes at all levels of fitness to develop their physical and mental stamina, and help them reach their peak potential.

Why study BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Education and Coaching) at Middlesex University?

We are one of the UK's leading universities for sports education. Our cutting-edge degree allows you to explore the full potential of sport and exercise science while focusing on teaching and coaching through a focused module. You will learn how to confidently develop an individual's physical and psychological fitness to maximise their performance and become adept at confidently planning and preparing physical education and coaching sessions in line with national standards.

We produce self-disciplined, professional sports science graduates who perform at the highest level (including competing and winning medals at the London Olympics 2012). Like all of our sports pathways, you can either apply directly to this course or to the general BSc Sport and Exercise Science programme and choose your specialism at the end of year two.

Work placements are an important part of this course and you will spend 50 hours on a placement each year. The placements will focus on coaching groups or individuals and could be with a fitness centre, a sports club or a sports development project. You will produce reports and logbooks based on your experiences. You will be supported in locating your placements.

Course highlights

  • Our modern facilities at Allianz Park include research labs, rehabilitation, conditioning, and health and fitness suites
  • Our industry links give you access prestigious work placements with some of the UK's leading sports organisations
  • Our staff are active sports professionals. Many are involved in coaching, sport massage and sport performance and maintain close links with industry, integrating professional practice into your studies
  • We work closely with prestigious sports organisations like Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and Saracens Rugby Club, enabling you to build professional contacts while you study
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Education and Coaching)?

At the heart of this course lies the scientific approach to supporting athletes to perform at their peak, while reducing the risk of injury. Alongside this, you will learn how to plan and prepare physical education and coaching sessions in line with national minimum expected standards and strengthen your confidence in implementing a range of teaching, learning and coaching styles. You will explore coaching roles and responsibilities which are essential in successfully leading and supporting people to improve sports performance. You will also develop an in-depth understanding of physiological, psychological and biomechanical theories, and how they can be used to assist performance enhancement.

A large part of your studies will be practice-based at our Allianz Park site and you will take part in 150 hours of clinical practice throughout your degree (50 hours per year).

What will you gain?

You will graduate, armed with the knowledge and understanding of sports psychology and how to work effectively with sports people. You will have the techniques and procedures required to assess physical fitness and well-being and be able to assess the nutritional needs of the physically active and professional athletes. You will know the basic effects of pharmacological agents on exercise performance, disease and health, and understand the research methods and processes which have particular relevance to exercise and health.


  • Year 1

    • Movement Analysis (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with a broad understanding of anatomy to develop your knowledge in the principals of movement. You will explore the function of the skeletal system and identify the joints range of movement and type structuring the human skeleton. You will understand how bones interact with muscle in order to produce primary movement at joints and you will then begin to utilise this knowledge to advance your coaching skills across a wide range of sports.

    • Fundamentals of Physical Education and Coaching (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will give you a broad understanding of learning theories and coaching styles in a variety of sporting situations. You will begin to understand the underlying theoretical concepts of how to plan, deliver, evaluate and modify coaching sessions, whilst also understanding the National Curriculum and the differences between the pedagogy at various key stages. You will be able to work effectively on complex coaching sessions both individually and within a group to enhance your interpersonal and communications skills.

    • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Science (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will introduce and apply key scientific concepts and principles across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics. You will gain a broad understanding of human movement, physiological mechanisms that underpin these movements and core psychological concepts that affect health and sporting performance. You will learn how to work effectively in a team by carrying out practical investigations in all three sport and exercise disciplines.

    • Fundamentals of Training Principles in Sport and Exercise (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module introduces the underlying theoretical frameworks of health and fitness and you will gain the confidence and practical skills needed to deliver effective training sessions. You will develop your coaching knowledge through a variety of topics, ranging from the benefits and risks of physical activity, the development and maintenance of health and fitness, and understand how to optimise and monitor sports performance. You will be supported through theoretical sessions to undertake complex and routine practical performance tasks, orientated around developing effective coaching skills, both on an individual and group basis.

    • Professional Skills and Work-Based Learning (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will give you key academic skills required to successfully complete your undergraduate degree. You will know the underlying theoretical frameworks for research methods and academic writing by demonstrating your understanding of literature, sourcing literature, the components of research and identifying strengths and weaknesses. You will also develop the fundamental skills to gain professional industry experience by having the ability to identify appropriate work placements and understand the professional requirements to work effectively with others, recognising the factors for team performance.

  • Year 2

    • Applied Performance Analysis (15 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will provide you with detailed theoretical knowledge of performance analysis concepts and the practical skills to prepare you for work in an applied performance analysis environment. You will learn to collect, analyse and present relevant performance-related data and understand how performance analysis can be utilised in sport. You will also learn the roles and responsibilities of the performance analyst, developing and adapting your interpersonal and communication skills to a range of sporting scenarios and audiences.

    • Research Methods (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will give you the skills required to analyse a range of academic information, comparing alternative methods and techniques. You will collect and synthesise information to inform a subject specific research question. You will develop your knowledge of well-established research methods and concepts as evidenced by your awareness of inconsistencies, gaps and limitations within literature.

    • Applied Sport and Exercise Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide you with detailed knowledge of key biomechanical, physiological and psychological theories and concepts that can affect sport and exercise. You will explore the mechanical basis of human movement, develop your understanding of the chronic physiological adaptations to sport and exercise and learn how to optimise performance through psychological techniques. You will interact effectively within a team through laboratory and field-based measurements and you will be required to interpret and analyse your findings in the form of a scientific report.

    • Applied Physical Education and Coaching (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module will develop and extend your knowledge and understanding when delivering a range of physical activities and sports at Key Stages 1-4. You will create an extensive provision of physical activities including teaching and coaching materials that examines as well as encourages progression and development. You will analyse and develop physical skills from fundamentals through to more complex and advanced forms whilst adhering to the National Physical Education and coaching standards, systems and guidelines.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from previous module and gives you the opportunity to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry-based approach, and the application of research skills facilitating in your development of higher level theorising. You will select a topic relevant to your degree on which you wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. You will judge the reliability, validity and significance of the evidence to support conclusions and/or recommendations.

    • Advanced Sport and Exercise Science (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce additional advanced sport science concepts, from a variety of disciplines which you will examine and analyse in relation to optimising sports performance and/or health in a field setting. You must demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of how the theoretical principles of coaching, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, and rehab can be integrated and applied to working with a client in the field. You will be able to experience and apply appropriate interdisciplinary knowledge, tools and procedures in working with both elite athletes and the general population.

    • Advanced Physical Education and Coaching (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module takes a systematic approach to the key concepts of effective PE Teaching and Sports Coaching by exploring the notions of Coaching Philosophy and Effectiveness, whilst also addressing the complex issues around the development of the young athlete. You will further develop your level of understanding for several key curriculum-based sports from a practical setting that will give you opportunity to analyse and apply new techniques and tactics.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning
  3. Assessment and feedback
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the BSc Sport and Exercise Science (Physical Education and Coaching) support your career?

While this is the ideal degree for those wanting to work as sports coaches or teachers, the full spectrum of sports science careers will be open to you, including health and fitness club management, fitness consultancy, weight management, health promotion, personal fitness training, corporate health advice, sports or physical activity development, medical sales, and the armed forces. There are career opportunities in teaching and research.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles such as Graduate Teaching Assistant, Tutor, PE Teacher, Supply Teacher, School Games Organiser, Manager, Sports Coach and Fitness Instructor in organisations including:

  • Teaching Personnel
  • Middlesex University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Twyford CofE School
  • Nightingale Academy
  • Lee Valley School
  • Box Clubber
  • Willesden Sports Centre.

Upon graduation, you can continue with your professional studies by taking the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) training programmes to qualify as an accredited sport and exercise scientist. You could also study to become a physiotherapist or sports rehabilitator. Successful graduates also have an enhanced opportunity to gain a place on our highly competitive PGCE programmes.

Professional accreditation

Our undergraduate courses have been approved by SkillsActive as meeting the required industry standard which will give the following REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) recognised qualification/category of registration:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

  • Hannah Newman

    Sport and Exercise Science BSc graduate

    When applying for university, I knew that I wanted to be in London. Middlesex has a great reputation as one of the best in the city for sport, so I was drawn to it from the start. I've enjoyed all aspects of the course in particular the progressive process of the three years of learning, seeing how all the different parts of years one and two have come together and culminated in the extended writing and research projects of year three.

    My undergraduate degree with Middlesex has provided me with a sound sporting background to take forward and I would definitely recommend this course at Middlesex, especially as the great facilities will be well complemented next year by the expansion to Allianz Park.

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