Mixing theory with practical application in a variety of sports, students will be taught and practice the basic skills required to attain basic National Governing Body (NGB) coaching awards. Novel sports such as judo, cyclo-cross and squash have been undertaken in recent years under expert coach supervision. The subject areas range from the methods of coaching to health and safety legislation. Students will be encouraged to attain an appropriate coaching certificate during their first year of the course.

This module is designed to develop students' understanding of the relationship between structure and function in the human species by exploring the anatomical diversity and physiological control of the major body systems from a cellular level upwards. The module will provide an introduction to human physiology covering such topics as: the structure and function of the skeletal and muscular systems; the processes underlying energy production and metabolism; neurological control and neuromuscular adaptations; and the endocrine system. It will also develop a broad knowledge of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and their acute response to exercise.

Taught across both semesters of the first year, the module will provide a core understanding of the science needed for linked modules later in the course.

Psychology has provided invaluable tools for increasing the performance of both athletes and coaches that can be used to understand the pattern of exercise adherence. This module introduces and discusses the fundamental areas of sports and exercise psychology such as motivation and personality including self-efficacy and confidence of the novice or elite athlete. The student will develop an understanding of the impact of contemporary issues in exercise psychology as well as introducing the basic concepts in motor learning.

Professional Skills for Sports and Exercise Performance will allow students to develop a range of professional and academic skills necessary for successful HE study and employment in organisations within the sector. Professional Skills for Sports and Exercise Performance will aim to equip students with the key communication and numeracy skills they require as scientists and will also facilitate their personal and professional development as sports practitioners. Many students study sport with a view to becoming fitness advisors, coaches or teachers. The module will examine these professions by considering the academic and vocational qualifications needed for entry, the structure of the organisations delivering in these areas, personal and professional standards, and the internal and external factors affecting the professions.

For students on the FdSc Cycling Performance programme this module will be contextualized in order to make it relevant to the cycling industry. Students will have access to professional working within the industry including sponsors, riders, coaches, soigneurs, a directeur sportif and physiotherapist.

For students on the BSc Sports performance programme this module will cover a wide range of sports and of professional roles within the sports industry.

The Working in Sport module is designed to form part of the self-development in which the student can begin to build a career path and gain an understanding of the professional working environment either through paid employment or voluntary work.

In consultation with the teaching staff, the student is offered the opportunity to undertake a personally relevant work placement in a specific area of professional practice that relates to their own vocational aims and ambitions. This will allow them to experience one or several aspects of the sports industry and develop an appreciation of the working environment. Although all sport-related industry positions are acceptable, all of the students will be encouraged to gain as broad a range of experience as possible to improve their employability possibly during their studies and most definitely after graduation.

The students will be expected to produce a PDP plan and a subsequent reflective portfolio outlining their experiences within their placement. The PDP and embedded SWOT analysis will encourage students to identify their current strengths and weaknesses, the need for development in specific areas, and an increased understanding of the diversity of opportunities presented by the sports industry.