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BSc (Hons) - Sport Conditioning and Performance Analysis with Integrated Foundation Year

You’re inspired by how sporting success effects positive change in individuals and society, enriches lives and improves wellbeing. You have a true passion for sport and the drive to help others achieve their full performance potential and dreams of success in elite sport. That’s why, on this sport conditioning course with an integrated foundation year, we will give you the support and opportunities you need to become your best and set you on your way to achieving our full degree.

Our BSc (Hons) Sport Conditioning and Performance Analysis degree is designed to give you the industry knowledge, skills and employment prospects to work in an elite sport performance environment. What’s more, our sport courses are ranked 1st in the North West for continuation and 2nd in the North West for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2023 Results).

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Course Overview

If you are passionate about performance sport but do not have the required qualifications for direct entry, our degree with an integrated foundation year offers a supportive alternative route into higher education.

You will examine the science behind sport performance, conduct diagnostics, analyse an athlete’s fitness, technical performance and tactical play, make recommendations for appropriate training for improved performance and provide feedback to athletes, coaches and support staff.

This vocational degree provides valuable experience working with clubs and athletes during modules and on placement, preparing you to work within a performance environment in performance coaching or development, talent identification, sport science support and performance analysis. You’ll receive insight from industry professionals, gain additional qualifications and have access to our performance analysis suite, strength and conditioning room, human performance lab and sports facilities.

On this course you will...

  • Gain a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of Sport Conditioning and Performance Analysis and its application in enhancing athlete performance at all levels of sport from grassroots to elite performers.
  • Develop hands-on techniques and skills to conduct diagnostics and analyse an athlete’s fitness, technical performance and tactical play, and develop exercise training programmes for improving athlete performance.
  • Positively contribute to sporting performance by applying academic theory and practitioner skills to practice in a real world environment through vocational experience on modules and undertaking a 100-hour placement.
  • Learn the complex reality which is performance analysis and sport specific conditioning through working with athletes/players from sports including football, rugby, athletics, hockey, cycling, golf, dance and outdoor sports.
  • Gain the Hudl Certification in Notational Analysis. On graduation, you can apply for the International Society of Performance Analysis of Sport (ISPAS) Level 1 accreditation.
  • Be taught in small class sizes which means you get to know your class and tutors well, allowing you to feel supported during your studies.
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Course Structure

What you will learn

The foundation year allows you to settle into university life and gain the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to succeed in your degree. The following three years provide a high-quality profession-specific training, including how physiology, biomechanics and psychology are applied to the objective evaluation and analysis of athlete performance, utilising data and information gathered to inform exercise prescription and the development of sport specific conditioning training programmes. Highly developed communication and inter-professional skills will be applied to vocational contexts providing feedback to athletes, coaches and support staff. Strands running throughout this programme are sport specific conditioning and performance analysis with research and investigative techniques underpinning the academic study.

Year one

Throughout the first year you will develop the scientific, practical and investigative skills that underpin the inter-disciplinary study of sport whilst providing a grounding of essential university skills. The six modules studied explore the theoretical concepts that underpin the study sport conditioning and performance analysis. Sport in Action introduces the key scientific disciplines that underpin sport alongside developing your awareness of the specific issues relating to coaches, those working in supporting and developing athlete performance and working with a broad range of population groups. Through other modules you gain a knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues in sport, an appreciation of the challenges experienced by sport professionals and organisations. You will also develop your professional skills by developing key soft skills such as communication, team working, self-management and organisation and enhance your digital and IT skills.

  • Essential University Skills 1
    This module develops your academic and professional skills. You will explore the whole learning experience and individual approaches to studying in a manner that is relevant to your degree and individual needs.
  • Essential University Skills 2
    You will expand your learning in the areas of research, writing structure and reflective learning. You will gain skills in presenting research to an audience and in reflecting on your development.
  • Sport in Action
    Explores the key theoretical aspects that underpin the study of sport and exercise, gaining an appreciation of anatomy and physiology and the technical delivery and analysis of sport. You will learn how to assess clients/performers in these key areas.
  • Leading and Managing Individuals and Organisations
    Introduces the key concepts in leadership and management within different organisational settings and contexts.
  • Individual Case Study
    You will undertake an individual given case study using a problem based learning approach to delivery. The aim is to support your learning, guiding to theory that underpins your case study.
  • Contemporary Issues and the Media
    You will explore a range of contemporary issues through the lens of the media that relates to sport. Underpinning social theories and concepts will be applied to develop an appreciation and understanding of key issues in society.
Year two

In this year you will further develop your foundational knowledge and develop practical skills through modules that explore the principles of human movement and function, sport psychology, basic exercise techniques and training principles, coaching practitioner skills and the fundamentals of performance analysis.

  • Personal and Professional Development
    A practical introduction to a range of skills to help you make sense of academic research, including how to find, evaluate and read academic sources.
  • Principles of Human Movement and Function
    Develop an anatomical and physiological understanding of the human body’s systems related to sports performance, and knowledge of the biomechanical principles of kinesiology, kinematics and kinetics which underpin human movement and function.
  • Exercise Techniques and Training
    Learn how to instruct safe and appropriate exercise techniques related to developing basic components of fitness, designed to improve health and sporting performance.
  • Developing the Practitioner Toolkit
    Explore an underpinning knowledge and understanding of fundamental pedagogical processes within sports coaching.
  • Introduction to Sport Psychology
    You will explore some of the processes that underpin the teaching and learning of skilled movement patterns and examine factors affecting motivation. The concepts covered will be applied to coaching and sport performance.
  • Introduction to Performance Analysis
    You will develop a knowledge and understanding of performance analysis and the role of a performance analyst. You will explore the use of systematic observation tools used to collect various performance related data and draw appropriate conclusions based on the results.
Year three

At level 5 the focus is on develop subject and practitioner specific knowledge and skills through undertaking modules on strength and conditioning and field based conditioning, that focusses on the preparation of the athlete for general and sport specific fitness and sport specific skills required for optimal performance. Performance analysis is further developed through exploring the effectiveness of technical and tactical performance, normative profiling, and analysis of opponent strengths and weaknesses using movement and notational analysis. You will also explore and analyse the performance of coaches’ behaviours’ and feedback processes in exploring leadership and relationships in sport.

  • Investigative Techniques
    You will prepare to conduct a personal research project in an area of interest aimed at developing professional knowledge and expertise. Consider research methodology, ethics, data analysis and formulating a research question.
  • Strength and Conditioning for Performance
    Understand the physical requirements of athletes and learn how to construct, deliver and evaluate training plans aimed at meeting athlete needs and maximising sporting potential and performance.
  • Leadership and Relationships in Sport
    You will develop a knowledge, understanding and awareness of the nature of coach behaviour and coach-athlete relationships. Models of leadership and the practitioner will be explored using a variety of methods.
  • Field Based Conditioning for Sport
    On this module your focus will be on how to improve the physiological parameters that govern successful sporting performance. You will explore the physiological responses to conditioning strategies within a range of sports.
  • Applied Movement Analysis
    Knowledge and understanding of biomechanical and physiological principles are applied to analyse movement. You will be introduced to field based methods of motion analysis and evaluate the limitations involved, considering reliability measures and further examining statistical data presentation.
  • Applied Notational Analysis
    You will advance your knowledge and application of notational analysis to produce meaningful and actionable data for stakeholders through recording live sport that will be used to develop skills in the use of specialised notational analysis software.
Year four

Knowledge and skills developed previously will be applied in specific sporting contexts at level 6 through sport performance testing and prescription, applied conditioning and performance analysis modules, a practitioner placement and investigative project. The emphasis at this level of study is to apply theory to practice and enhance practitioner and graduate skills ready to work within an elite sport performance environment.

  • Independent Investigative Project
    Conduct an original research investigation of your own choice, supported by a dissertation supervisor, and communicate your findings.
  • Practitioner Placement
    You will apply theoretical knowledge to professional practice by undertaking a 100-hour vocational placement of your choice. You will critically analyse professional practice with respect to theory and reflect upon your own professional practice.
  • Sport Performance Testing and Prescription
    You will explore laboratory and field-based assessments of performance and interpret data appropriately. During the
    module you will select and deliver appropriate tests for a range of athletes and provide a client with improvement strategies based on test results.
  • Applied Performance Analysis
    Drawing on previous knowledge and understanding gained throughout the programme you will identify, collect, analyse, and report on performance related data not only from singular perspectives but also from their conjunction, to aid fuller understanding of sporting performance

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