Performance Coaching

MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma


Introduction

Performance Coaching is an innovative distance learning degree; the first of its kind in Scotland. It is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise adjacent to their sport- specific qualifications. The course has been developed to articulate with the emerging UKCC Level 4 certification process. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems.

Your work will be grounded in performance coaching practice, considering case studies and experiential learning from peers and leading coaching practitioners.

Key information

  • Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
  • Study methods: Stand-alone modules, Distance learning
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Dr Justine Allen

Sport Postgraduate Recruitment Team School of Sport
University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
UK
+44 (0) 1786 466498 www.stir.ac.uk/sport

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Course objectives

This distance learning course is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise alongside their sport-specific qualifications. We have developed the course to link with the emerging UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 4 certification process. It will develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems.

In addition to the sports-specific coaching skills, you will have developed in your practice, we develop coaches who:

  • reflect continuously and challenge personal assumptions and beliefs to improve future performance
  • critically reflect on decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • recognise and resolve problematic coaching issues through the generation of innovative strategies and solutions
  • design and implement an optimal learning environment to impact on athletes’ performance needs
  • design and implement a planned and strategic approach to performance improvement
  • develop and manage appropriate support structures to facilitate improved performance

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

Five years' relevant/appropriate work experience is required.

Please note: If you are a student from overseas and applying with a Tier 4 student visa, we unfortunately can not accept your application for this course as it falls into the category of being part-time, delivered online or a distance learning course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 17

For more information go to English language requirements

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You must successfully complete eight taught modules (120 credits) and an applied research project (60 credits) for the award of the MSc. For the award of the Postgraduate Diploma students must successfully complete all the taught modules. For the Postgraduate Certificate students must successfully complete 60 credits worth of taught modules.

Students will study a number of modules, including:

  • The Coaching Process: Providing an opportunity to examine conceptual models of the coaching process and examining the cognitive expertise required to affect the process
  • Coaching Concepts: Examining key conceptual topics in your coaching practice and asking you to reflect on how you have developed your expertise
  • Coaching as Learning: Coaches discover how to apply integrated approaches to learning in generating, managing, and directing coaching practice. While encouraging coaches to become self-reflective practitioners
  • Pedagogy & Practice: reflecting on the educational role coaches play and how best to create and sustain a learning environment with your athletes/players
  • Planning the Coaching Process: It equips coaches with a greater understanding of the principles involved in effective planning and practice within the complexity of the coaching process
  • Coaching Ethics: Considers the moral and ethical frameworks used by coaches and others in sport
  • Independent Study: Allowing coaches to identify an area of personalised, context-specific study, they develop an agreed learning programme accordingly
  • Performance Analysis: Coaches are provided with an opportunity to develop their capacity to use and critically appraise the application of technology in analysing sports performance
  • Applied Coaching Project: This module will enhance coaches’ capacity for autonomous, professional judgement and practice. It should contribute to the development of the student as a coach who is capable of sustaining enquiry into aspects of his/her professional context 

In addition to the sports-specific coaching skills, you will have developed in your practice, we develop coaches who:

  • reflect continuously and challenge personal assumptions and beliefs to improve future performance
  • critically reflect on decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
  • recognise and resolve problematic coaching issues through the generation of innovative strategies and solutions
  • design and implement an optimal learning environment to impact on athletes’ performance needs
  • design and implement a planned and strategic approach to performance improvement
  • develop and manage appropriate support structures to facilitate improved performance

Delivery and assessment

A flexible approach to learning and assessment will characterise this degree. Knowledge and understanding are acquired and enhanced through online lectures and seminars, guided independent study, professional practice experiences and through the University’s virtual learning environment – Succeed. Individual staff/student tutorials, eg via Skype are available for providing feedback and for supervision of coursework and the Applied Coaching Project. Students receive a School of Sport Postgraduate Handbook describing the course outline, module details, procedures and assessment criteria. In addition, module outlines include details of specific content and assessments. All assessment procedures are in line with institutional policies and will be conducted in such a way as to adhere to adult learning principles. This means that content and learning demonstrate relevance, problem solving, learning by doing and a strong element of self-direction and ownership.

Modules

  • Pedagogy and Practice (SPSP26)
  • Performance Analysis (SPSP32)
  • Coaching Ethics (SPSP33)
  • Planning the Coaching Process (SPSP36)
  • Applied Coaching Project (SPSP37)
  • Coaching Concepts (SPSP50)
  • The Coaching Process (SPSP52)
  • Coaching as Learning (SPSP54)
  • Independent Study (SPSP56)

Modes of study

Part-time, distance learning

Certificate: 12 months
Diploma: 24 months
MSc: 24 months

Study method

Stand-alone modules; Distance learning

Why Stirling?

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Rating

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) sports research at Stirling was ranked 1st in Scotland and in the top five in the UK with 85 percent of publications classed as ‘International Level’ and 15 percent as ‘World-leading’.

Strengths

As Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence we are closely aligned with many sports organisations and have formal links with a growing number of organisations with regard to facilitating student research projects, work experience and guest lectures. 

Academic strengths

This course is delivered by a team of highly qualified academics with experience and research interests that complement and support teaching activities. The quality of research and publications produced by the School of Sport is clearly evident in the most recent RAE ranking which placed the University of Stirling in the top five in the UK, with 85 percent of publications classed as ‘International level’ and 15 percent as ‘World-leading’.

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

It is anticipated that coaches who apply for this course will already be in employment in performance sport. The establishment of the UKCC across four levels and different coaching contexts has provided an opportunity to modernise existing coach qualification and learning courses. This course has been designed to fully incorporate with the UKCC at Level 4.

It will create a shaped learning platform between performance sport and the University in the delivery of a practice-based performance coaching course.

Graduates are anticipated to fulfil roles in the ‘top tier’ of employment opportunities for coaches in their sport.

Online application process

Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).

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Fees

2016/17 Overseas £4,500
2016/17 Home/EU £4,500
2015/16 Overseas £4,500
2015/16 Home/EU £4,500

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

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