Sports Science with Professional Football Coaching (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation.
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.

Overview

Overview

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff.

Foundation year

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • A thorough introduction to sports science
  • A thorough introduction to biology and biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of nutrition and health
  • Fundamentals of drugs and diseases
  • An understanding of how to measure change
  • Essential skills for science
  • Improved mathematics
  • Laboratory practice.

Degree structure

The programme enables you to analyse and evaluate sporting performance, particularly football. At the end of your degree, you will have the knowledge and skills required to operate effectively in a range of sports- and exercise-related careers, particularly in relation to football.

During the second, third and fourth year of the degree, students will have the opportunity of a structured internship with Charlton Athletic FC in either coaching or sport science.

The programme will provide you with a rigorous academic and practical knowledge base in sports science, performance analysis and coaching in football. It will empower you to develop your knowledge of coaching theory and practice, sports nutrition, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and psychology. It will provide you with comprehensive practical experience for working with, assessing and coaching football players. The programme will also enable you to develop professional and reflective skills through a variety of stimulating and varied learning environments. You can build on these throughout your professional life, enhancing your self-reflection, critical thinking skills and independent learning.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide you with a rigorous academic and practical knowledge base in sports science, performance analysis and coaching in football
  • To develop your knowledge of coaching theory and practice, sports nutrition, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology and psychology
  • To provide you with comprehensive practical experience for working with, assessing and coaching football players.
  • To enable you to develop professional and reflective skills through a variety of stimulating and varied learning environments. You can build on these throughout your professional life, enhancing your self-reflection, critical thinking skills and independent learning.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. An appropriate portfolio of experience (with relevant details and evidence of training qualifications included) would normally be expected to be produced as part of the application process. The relevant programme leader or head of department may require an interview to be carried out if this is considered necessary.

We welcome applications from mature students.

Applicants from a UK educational background:

In order to be accepted, applicants would normally be expected to achieve the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and Maths grade at C (or above).

  • Applications from those with an A-Level background are welcome if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects.
  • Applications from those with an AS background are welcome if the applicant has studied three/four AS-Level subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects.
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background are welcome if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects.
  • Other qualifications will be considered on application.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have no skill less than 5.5, but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall can apply and take the following two additional courses which are designed to support them:
English for Academic Purposes 1               15 credits
English for Academic Purposes 2               15 credits

These 30 credits are additional to the other courses. Such students therefore study 150 credits, but will only pay fees for 120 credits. These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the Avery Hill Campus.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

Extra information

Assessment

Teaching will be carried out through a mixture of: 

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Practical laboratory based training
  • Guided student centred learning.

Typical assessment methods include: 

  • Coursework
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Practical coaching sessions
  • Case studies
  • Presentations (oral and poster)
  • Group projects
  • Examinations.

Careers

This degree has enabled graduates to work in areas such as football coaching, sports science support, sports development, and health education and promotion. You may become self-employed as, for example, a personal trainer or sports adviser or continue on to postgraduate programmes in areas such as teaching, physiotherapy or research.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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