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Sport and Exercise Science (Teaching and Coaching Sport) 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 (Teaching and Coaching Sport) 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 (Teaching and Coaching Sport)?

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

    • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Human Movement (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the fundamental knowledge of clinical and functional anatomy. Exploration of the microscopic and macroscopic structure of nerves, muscles, joints, and bones, and provides a fundamental platform upon which to build understanding of applied biomechanics and human movement.

    • Fundamentals of Health and Fitness (30 credits) - Compulsory

      As a future sport rehabilitator or sport trainer, you will need to be aware of the benefits and adverse consequences of physical activity as well as the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of health, fitness and in optimising sports performance. The module aims to provide an introduction to core concepts developed later in the program, stimulate an interest in current issues in athletic health care and encourage the development of appropriate administrative, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.

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

      The aim of the module is to highlight and introduce the fundamental key scientific concepts and principles, across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology, and biomechanics.

    • Professional Skills Development and Work Experience (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide an introduction to the core concepts essential to develop including communication, teamwork, numeracy skills and use of information technology. You will create a personal development portfolio and learn the appropriate administrator, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.

  • Year 2

    • Applied Physiology and Biomechanics (30 credits) – Compulsory

      This module aims to enable you to understand the physiological basis of human movement from the cortex to skeletal muscle. You will learn the mechanical basis of human movement from Newton’s laws to the kinematics and kinetics of sport, exercise, and rehabilitation. You will focus on the chronic physiological adaptations to sport, exercise and rehabilitation. You will explore the principles of measurement in muscle, vascular and cardiopulmonary physiology as well as the principles of measurement in the kinetics and kinematics of human movement.

    • Applied Sport Exercise Science Research Methods (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the health and social care related subjects to the process of health and social care research. It is a professional requirement for those working in health and social care related disciplines to underpin their knowledge with research and evidence-based practice. You will need to be able to access research findings, and through an understanding of the research process and methodology, be able to critique research and apply this knowledge to practice. The aim of this module is to develop your awareness of the research process and to equip you with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to your target award.

    • Applied Sport Health Coaching (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module introduces the theoretical concepts of sports and health coaching in a practically orientated way. You will experience different coaching styles in a variety of sporting and fitness situations and have the opportunity to plan, deliver, evaluate, and modify coaching sessions. The module also offers opportunities to further develop ethical issues and aspects of health and safety.

    • Applied Sports and Exercise Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module integrates psychology theory with sport and exercise to explore how performance can be optimised. The first part of the module focuses on psychological and personal factors that affect performance, physical activity, exercise and sporting achievements. The module then progresses on to psychological skills training and the development of a sport psychology framework, focusing on specific techniques that can improve performance. The module provides the individual with a theoretical understanding of factors that underpin working with athletes and exercisers through practical exercises as well as psychological sport and exercise tests. The later part of the module provides an understanding for those working in sport, exercise, and rehabilitation on how psychological and socio-cultural issues impact on recovery from injury and illness and explores the importance of lifestyle management in working with those recovering from injury.

  • Year 3

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

      The aim of the module is to highlight and introduce the advanced key scientific principles and contemporary topics, across the three main sports science disciplines of physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesise learning from the previous modules and provide an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, and the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest on which you wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. You will manage your own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

    • Advanced Teaching and Coaching Sport (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will aim to give you an understanding of the necessary Physical Education and coaching standards, systems and guidelines required within the administration process of teaching and coaching. You will develop and extend your knowledge, understanding and confidence in the delivery of a range of physical activities and sports at Key Stage 1-4 (5-16yrs) . You will create an extensive provision of physical activities and sport teaching and coaching materials that examines and encourages progression and development of teaching and coaching skills. You will gain an understanding of analysing and developing any physical skills from its simple origin through its most complexes and advanced form.

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 (Teaching and Coaching Sport) 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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