“Middlesex has a great reputation as one of the best for sport, so I was drawn to it from the start.” Hannah Newman, Sport and Exercise Science
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.
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.
At the heart of the course lies the scientific approach to supporting athletes to perform at their peak, while reducing the risk of injury. Alongside this, we will teach you 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.
Understanding coaching roles and responsibilities is essential if a coach is to successfully lead and support 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.
This pathway is aimed at those who wish to pursue a career in teaching sport after graduation. Like all of our sports pathways, you can either apply directly to this course, or apply to the general BSc Sport and Exercise Science programme and choose your final award at the end of year two.
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 through two work placements.
You will graduate, armed with the knowledge and understanding of:
This module aims to provide students with fundamental knowledge of clinical and functional anatomy. Exploration of the microscopic and macroscopic structure of nerves, muscles, joints, bone and provides a fundamental platform upon which to build understanding of applied biomechanics and human movement.
The sport rehabilitator or sport trainer will need to be aware of the benefits and adverse consequences of physical activity. S/he will also need to be aware of the role of physical activity in the development and maintenance of health, fitness and in optimising sports performance. The future professional role of a trainer may involve caring for a range of individuals, from the elite athlete through to special populations using exercise as a clinical intervention. 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.
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.
The module aims to provide an introduction to the core concepts developed including communication, teamwork, numeracy skills, use of information technology and the development of a personal development portfolio later in the programme and encourage the development of appropriate administrator s, communication and practical skills required for successful academic and professional progress.
This module aims to enable students to understand the physiological basis of human movement from the cortex to skeletal muscle. To understand the mechanical basis of human movement from Newton s laws to the kinematics and kinetics of sport, exercise, and rehabilitation. To understand the chronic physiological adaptations to sport, exercise and rehabilitation. To understand the principles of measurement in muscle, vascular and cardiopulmonary physiology. To understand the principles of measurement in the kinetics and kinematics of human movement.
To introduce students of 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. Professionals 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 the students awareness the research process and to equip them with the skills required in the subject area appropriate to their target award and to offer some preparation for the final year project/dissertation.
The module introduces the theoretical concepts of sports and health coaching in a practically orientated way. Students 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.
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.
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.
This module aims to synthesise learning from the students undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest on which they wish to undertake a substantial in-depth study. They will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period if independent study.
This module will aim to give Students an understanding of the necessary Physical Education and coaching standards, systems and guidelines required within the administration process of teaching and coaching. To develop and extend students knowledge, understanding and confidence in the delivery of a range of physical activities and sports at Key Stage 1-4 5-16yrs . To 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. Students will gain an understanding of analysing and developing any physical skills from its simple origin through its most complexes and advanced form.
Work placements are an important part of this course. You will spend 30 hours on a placement in both your first and second years, plus some time in your final 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. We will help you find your placements.
You will also attend lectures, seminars, laboratory sessions and practical clinical sessions, and take part in group discussions, group work and presentations. You will supplement all this with your own guided and independent reading, and will put together a portfolio of work.
You will be assessed through exams, projects and your learning portfolio and logbook, as well as written assignments, including laboratory reports and case study analyses, presentations and supervisor reports. As well as getting feedback on your work from other students, you will be asked to evaluate your own work.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects including one in Science subject
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which all 45 must be at Merit or higher
Other requirements: To begin this course you must also complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check and provide suitable references.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
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. Successful graduates also have an enhanced opportunity to gain a place on our highly competitive PGCE programme.
Upon graduation, students can continue with their professional studies taking British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES) training programmes to qualify in three years as an accredited sports and exercise scientist. Suitable graduates can also study to become physiotherapists or sports rehabilitators.
Our BSc Sport & Exercise Science (Teaching & Coaching) graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of roles in organisations including: Teaching Personnel, Middlesex University, London Metropolitan University, Twyford CofE School, Nightingale Academy, Lee Valley School, Box Clubber, and Willesden Sports Centre.
In roles such as: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Tutor, PE Teacher, Supply Teacher, School Games Organiser, Manager, Sports Coach and Fitness Instructor.
You will complete 50 hours of placement across your three years of study and will receive help in identifying a suitable placement, and with applications if required. Placement opportunities exist in the following areas: Sports Clubs, University Sports Clubs, local sports development projects, Charities, Fitness Centres and Schools.
Middlesex University is also embarking on an exciting new venture with Saracens Rugby who are based at the brand-new Allianz Park, located in nearby Copthall. As part of this partnership you will have the opportunity to work with the Saracens academy, elite players and professional coaches.
Work experience in the form of placements and internships greatly improve graduate employment prospects, and students who take part achieve excellent academic results through applying their learning in a professional setting.
Our specialist Employability Service and London location ensure that every year our students and graduates gain prestigious placement opportunities.
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. Find out more here.
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:
"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."