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.

Recent years have seen a growing appreciation of the benefits that full and active participation in sport and recreation can bring to people with disabilities. Equally, the contribution they can make to many different sports, and at all levels, is now realized by most people. This module allows students to fully engage in developments and processes leading to the increased integration into society of people with disabilities. It will identify and evaluate the physical, emotional, psychological and economic barriers that they can encounter when attempting to participate in sport and recreation activities and evaluate policies aimed at improving their access to, and participation in, sport and recreation activities.

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.

This module will require students to develop leadership skills and effective people management in an applied setting. This will be achieved through careful and detailed planning and implementation of sporting activities in outside settings such as foreign cycling training camps, adventure centres or the wild outdoors. Students will learn how to maximise human resource potential in demanding settings and will be encouraged to plan outdoor activities from the conception of an idea through to its delivery to their peer group.

This module examines the chronic and acute physiological responses of the body to exercise and physical training as well as the effects of detraining and inactivity. It considers the specific nutritional requirements of athletes and nonathletes and develops an understanding of the metabolic processes that support physical activity. Furthermore, the module also evaluates the potential ergogenic effects of both legal nutritional supplements and banned drugs upon performance.

This module will examine the application of scientific training principles to develop fitness in sport and exercise settings. It will illustrate how a detailed understanding of the physiological principles explaining adaptation and reversibility can be applied to the effective design of training programmes for a range of client groups, including athletes and non-athletes. It will also evaluate the scientific evidence to support the use of a variety of systems and methods of training and teach the importance of fitness and performance testing as a key tool in the design of an individual's training prescription.
Practically, students will investigate and analyse the components of fitness and compare a range of laboratory and field based tests. The module will also consider health and safety and informed consent.

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.

This module is intended to develop scholarly, professional and research skills appropriate to the discipline of cycling, sports and exercise performance or associated health and sociological areas. This module will advance a broader and more detailed investigation into statistics that were introduced in the first year during the Professional Skills in Sports and Exercise Performance module, including the difference between parametric and non-parametric data, t-tests, ANOVA’s, correlations and Chi-square tests. Following from this, students will develop their ability to critically analyse and interpret research in the field of sports and exercise performance and produce apposite and detailed experimental work. The development of knowledge, understanding, skills and thought processes necessary for effective original academic and/or work-focused research will make use of real life techniques and approaches.

The prevention and treatment of sporting injuries is a major concern to all athletes. This module considers a range of approaches to the assessment, prevention and management of injury to athletes. The module reviews the mechanism and nature of specific injuries and evaluates the role of the treatment process. During the module students will undertake practical workshops to introduce the specific skills which may by applied in the assessment, treatment and prevention of sports injury.

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.