Performance Coaching

MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma


Introduction

Performance Coaching is an innovative online 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 UKCC Level 4 certification process. The programme is endorsed with Sports Coach UK for UKCC Level 4. 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, Campus based
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Dr Justine Allen

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University of Stirling
Stirling
FK9 4LA
Scotland
UK

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Course objectives

This online learning course is for experienced performance coaches who wish to extend their expertise alongside their sport-specific qualifications. The course aligns with the 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

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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.

Fees

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

 

2017/18 Overseas £4,570
2017/18 Home/EU £TBC

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

You must successfully complete six 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
  • Performance Analysis and Planning: Coaches are provided with an opportunity to develop their capacity to use and critically appraise the application of technology in analysing sports performance
  • 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
  • Independent Study: Allowing coaches to identify an area of personalised, context-specific study, they develop an agreed learning programme accordingly
  • Understanding Performance: This module consists of two segments: physiology and psychology.  The physiology half of the module provides an understanding of the appropriate application of exercise physiology to the measurement and assessment of human exercise capacity.  In the psychology half of the module students examine theories, models, and factors conducive to the understanding of behaviour of individuals and groups in sport and exercise settings. 
  • 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

  • Applied Coaching Project (SPSP037)
  • Coaching Concepts (SPSP050)
  • The Coaching Process (SPSP052)
  • Coaching as Learning (SPSP054)
  • Independent Study (SPSP056)
  • Understanding Performance (SPSP057)
  • Performance Analysis and Planning (SPSP062)

Modes of study

Part-time, online learning

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

Study method

Stand-alone modules; Online

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.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes applications from all countries.

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. The course aligns with UKCC Level 4 and is endorsed by Sports Coach UK.

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.

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