University of the West of Scotland

Undergraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 19/07/2021 16:19:59

Named Award Title:BSc (Hons) Sport Development Single

Award Title for Each Award: BSc (Hons)  Sport Development
BSc  Sport Development
Dip HE  Sport Science
Cert HE  Sport Science

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:Not Applicable
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Lanarkshire

School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Programme Leader:Angela Beggan

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications

Year 1 entry Higher Grades: BBBB or ABBC, or AACC (or 108 UCAS Tariff Points) to include Highers in English and PE. Maths is desirable at least at Standard Grade/Intermediate 2.

Year 2 entry Advanced Highers: BBC (or 136 UCAS Tariff Points) including English and PE.


or GCE

Year 1 entry A-Level: CCC (or 96 UCAS Tariff Points) including English and PE.

Year 2 entry A-Level: BBC (or 112 UCAS Tariff Points) including English and PE.


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation

Year 1 entry with SQA HNC Sport Coaching with Sport Development, Sport and Recreation Management, or Fitness, Health and Exercise with B in the Graded Unit.

Year 2 entry with SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Sport Coaching with Sport Development; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sport and Recreation Management (for SQA awards, with a minimum of Grade A in the Graded Unit)

Year 3 entry with SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Applied Sports Science; Coaching and Developing Sport; Fitness, Health and Exercise; Sport and Recreation Management (for SQA awards, Grade A in the Graded Unit and a minimum of a Grade B (preference of an A) in the Graded Unit for the HNC element of the HND). Year 2 entry only for HND Sports Therapy with a B in Graded Unit.


Other Required Qualifications/Experience

In addition to your academic qualifications, your application will also be assessed on your interests, experience, other relevant qualifications and academic reference.


Further desirable skills pre-application

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview and may be assessed on a piece of academic writing.

Year 2 or Year 3 entry may be possible for mature applicants who can demonstrate the following: Level 3, or above, coaching award. A demonstrable history of attending professional development short courses delivered by an NGB, Sports Coach UK or other agency. Significant coaching experience, evidence of having achieved a Community Sport Leaders Award, a recognised National Governing Body Award, or United Coaching Certificate Level 1 qualification (UKCC L1) is preferred. Mature applicants without formal qualifications, who have relevant work experience, may be considered for entry


General Overview

The BSc (Hons) is a four year, full-time programme, with students normally undertaking three modules per term.  The degree can also be offered on a part time basis, the structure of which would be discussed with the Programme Leader.

Level 7 consists of six introductory modules common to both the Coaching and Development degrees.  This commonality is maintained for the majority of Level 8 with the exception of two specialist modules in Term 2.  The unison of Coaching and Development in the early stages allows students to develop a broader appreciation of the field of practice but also permits some flux between programmes until Term 2 of the second year of study.  At levels 9 and 10, students undertake more specialised modules, designed to develop knowledge and skills directly related to their area of expertise and to provide a critical academic underpinning to the industry both locally and globally.

This degree has been developed in order to deliver current practical and professional skills underpinned by appropriate academic theory to produce graduates who are ready for the global workplace. The philosophy adopted by the programme team in developing the Sport Development degree has been to produce a degree that equips students with vocationally focused, transferable skills, allowing them to work within national and international agendas in sport development.  The teaching approach is student-centred with learning taking place in an active, supportive, participatory, and context-specific environment. Students will be given support to develop an autonomous approach to their learning as they progress through the programme, with the balance between independent and directed learning remaining appropriate to the level of study.

The degree is also designed to furnish students with the skills and attributes required to progress to postgraduate study and previous cohorts have been successful in migrating to a range of courses, both taught (for example, Physical Education teaching, Sport and Events Management, Sport Marketing) and research based (MRes, MPhil, PhD).

The aim of the programme is to foster in students the range of graduate attributes that will prepare them for their future career and study options, therefore the focus is on developing a broad range of both practical and academic skills.  Programme delivery makes use of a range of teaching and learning methods as suggested in the QAA benchmark statements which include:

• Tutor-led lectures

• Tutorials and seminars

• One to one interaction

• Practical workshops and exercises in a simulated work environment

• Small group teaching and group project work

• E-learning (Moodle)

• Peer learning through discussion of colleagues work

• Independent learning

• External work experience (work related/based learning)

Learning outcomes are assessed by a variety of methods aimed at enhancing the student experience. These methods include, but are not limited to the following: group and individual work, multiple-choice exams, reflective practice reports, essays, open-book exams, poster presentations, oral presentations, case study deconstruction, programme planning, debate & discussion, reflective learning logbooks, seen question examinations, research production, and journal article reviews.  Students are expected to undertake independent study both to supplement and consolidate what is being taught in formal classes. Much of the teaching is supported by the Moodle virtual learning environment (VLE) and other online materials developed by staff.  The assessment spread and type is also important for the student experience and this is reconsidered on an annual basis.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

Employability is a primary focus of the BSc (Hons) Sport Development, as evidenced by consistent scaffolding of work-based skills throughout the programme.  Preparation begins at Level 7 with the module, Introduction to Sport Practice, which encourages reflection on field of sport and facilitates the acquisition of a number of introductory sport qualifications. Students then progress to Professional Experience at Level 8 during which they engage in a 48 hour placement, further developed at Level 9 by a 60 hour placement in Professional Development.  At Level 10, students are offered a number of opportunities to engage in personal development planning, delivered by both academic staff and the university Careers Service.

The continued emphasis on relating academic knowledge to professional practice is key in securing students the best possible opportunities of graduate employment.  This is further assisted by the repeated exposure to external agencies, boosting personal networks and social capital.

 

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

 Procedures for work related learning are fully in line with both QAA Code of Conduct on Placement Learning and the University policy. WRL opportunities are available throughout the programme

The core module in Level 8 of Professional Experience offers the students the opportunity of relevant work experience by undertaking a project in a professional setting. Professional Experience will provide the student with a practical focus to address issues relating to securing employment and training beyond the university.

The core module in Level 9 of Professional Development offers the students the opportunity of relevant work experience by undertaking a more advanced project in a professional setting. This module is specifically designed to enhance student’s employability skills and experience by continuing to integrate current theory with practice within the sports industry.

Both modules are offered in conjunction with partners at South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, who provide valuable workplace training and a range of placement opportunities.  Students may still choose to source their own placement, pending approval from the module leader.  This partnership provides a more supportive environment for those students with fewer connections in the sport community and allows consistency in delivery of training.

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate an understanding of the three major sport sciences; Physiology, Biomechanics and Psychology and their application to human performance.
A2Demonstrate an understanding of how personal, social, economic and political factors influence and impact on the process of sport development
A3Demonstrate an understanding of coaching philosophy and the delivery of coaching practice

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Execute basic discipline-specific practical skills in sport science, coaching and development
B2Exhibit the capacity to record data accurately (including qualitative data)
B3Demonstrate competency in key academic skills

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Collect, interpret and communicate verbally and in written form information using a standard range of applications and procedures such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Video recording.
C2Carry out basic manipulation of data including some statistical analysis

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Undertake an objective approach to problem identification and solution, using evidence-based approaches and own initiative.
D2Read and evaluate text based information from journals, text books, and popular press in order to support arguments.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Accept responsibility for planning the achievement of identified goals both on their own as part of a group.
E2Prioritise, manage time and work to deadlines.
E3Exercise initiative in undertaking reports and other written material.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
7SPOR07008Academic Skills in Sport and Exercise20check mark  
7SPOR07011Introduction to Coaching20check mark  
7SPOR07012Introduction to Sport Development20 check mark 
7SPOR07015Introduction to Sport Practice20 check mark 
7SPOR07013Introduction to Sport Science20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
7SPOR07014Physical Activity and Lifelong Health20 check mark 
OR    
Any other suitable module from the University catalogue subject to timetabling restrictions, pre-requisite requirements and in agreement with the programme leader   Must be available in T2

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

The Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) in Sport Science is typically offered as an exit award after successful completion of 120 credits at Level 7.


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Evaluate and compare a variety of pedagogical and observational techniques used in a coaching context.
A2Discuss sport policy goals and strategies and methods of achieving these goals
A3Differentiate various research methodologies and discuss their strengths weaknesses when applied to a number of sport and exercise disciplines.
A4Understand and assess the proposed mechanisms suggested to underpin skill acquisition

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Deliver and evaluate a selection of coaching and development activities
B2Undertake the collection and interpretation of routine data.
B3Apply subject-specific knowledge to a work based environment

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Further develop skills in relation to collation of information, interpretation and communication verbally and in written form, complex information using a standard range of applications and procedures (eg. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Video recording and analysis, Technique Analysis Applications).
C2Develop an appreciation of quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis.
C3Record data accurately and carry out standard manipulation and analyses of data

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Undertake problem identification and formulation of evidence-based solutions.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise autonomy for identifying own learning needs.
E2Take responsibility for planning the achievement of identified goals either independently or as part of a group.
E3Prioritise, manage time and work to deadlines.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
8SPOR08014Integrative Coaching Practice20 check mark 
8SPOR08018Policy of Sport20check mark  
8SPOR08020Professional Experience20check markcheck mark This is a long thin module and will be delivered across both terms..
8SPOR08025Sport Development and the Outdoors20 check mark 
8SPOR08029Sport Tourism & Event Management20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
8SPOR08017Physical Activity in Health and Exercise20check mark  
OR   
Any other suitable module from the University catalogue subject to timetabling restrictions, pre-requisite requirements and in agreement with the programme leader   Must be available in T1

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

The Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) in Sport Science is typically offered as an exit award after successful completion of 240 credits of which a minimum of 90 is at least SCQF level 8.


C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Exhibit a detailed knowledge of the social issues pertinent to coaching and development.
A2Display a detailed knowledge of key local, regional, national and international organisations and a critical understanding of their role in developing, funding and implementing policies and practices relevant to the development of sport.
A3Examine the key skills for delivery of event management and effective work based learning.
A4Demonstrate advanced knowledge of research process and design.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Presentation of a comprehensive work and evidence-based portfolio based on industry required attributes
B2Review organisational objectives and management methods and undertake a needs analysis for a relevant organisation incorporating a variety of views and approaches
B3Plan, analyse and feedback on current sport event planning and the strategies for implementation.
B4Design and plan a context-specific research project.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Further develop skills in relation to collation of information, interpretation and communication verbally and in written form, complex information using a standard range of applications and procedures (eg. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Video recording and analysis, Technique Analysis Applications).
C2Demonstrate advanced skills in data analyses related to a specific research methodology.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Take an objective, mono and multidisciplinary and critical approach to problem identification and solution, using evidence-based approaches and own initiative

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Critically evaluate, identify and develop own learning needs through independent, group and guided goal setting
E2Take responsibility for planning the achievement of identified goals either on their own or as part of a group
E3Manage workload through advanced planning and deadline setting especially with larger pieces of work

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
9SPOR09037Management Capacities in Sport20 check mark 
9SPOR09027Organisation of Sport Development20check mark  
9SPOR09028Professional Development20check markcheck mark This is a long thin module and will be delivered across both terms..
9SPOR09044Research in Sport Coaching & Development20check mark  
9SPOR09031Social Issues in Sport Coaching & Development20check mark  

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
   
9SPOR09029Psychology of Sport20check mark  
9SPOR09047Sport Education20check mark  
OR   
any other suitable module from the University catalogue subject to timetabling restrictions, pre-requisite requirements and in agreement with the programme leader   Must be available in T1
8LLNG08002Next Steps at University20  check mark

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Next Steps is only available to L9 Direct Entry Students to take during Term 3, prior to the commencement of Term 1. Successful completion of this module results in additional credit.

Criteria for Progression and Award

Progression to Level 10 requires at least 360 credits of which a minimum of 90 is at least SCQF level 9.

Credit received following successful completion of Next Steps cannot be used as credit to progress to L10. Students progressing will have to complete an extra 20 additional credit points.

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Sport Development is typically offered as an exit award after successful completion of 360 credits of which a minimum of 90 is at least SCQF level 9.

Award of Distinction is outline in the University regulations.


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Critical understanding of the key aspects that underpin sport provision and entrepreneurship
A2Appraise the use of sport development in international socio-economic, political and environmental contexts.
A3Analyse the interactions of sport development with physiological or psychological interventions
A4Relate fundamental concepts of sport development to complex issues and problems

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Collect, analyse and interpret data from an large independent and context-specific research project
B2Construct and justify solutions to complex sport development and enterprise issues
B3Synthesise, present and discuss international aspects of sport development
B4Present data from an independent research study to an academic audience

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Utilise Skills in and applied context in relation to collation of information, interpretation and communication verbally and in written form, complex information using a standard range of applications and procedures (eg. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Video recording and analysis, Technique Analysis Applications).
C2Design and produce a poster suitable for an academic conference

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Take an objective and critical approach to problem identification and solution, using evidence-based approaches and own initiative.
D2Critically analyse problems through reference to appropriate sources of information in order to identify detailed mono, multi and interdisciplinary aspects of the conditions of the problem and to develop appropriate solutions.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Take responsibility for planning the achievement of identified goals both on their own and as part of a group
E2Prioritise, manage time and work to both externally set and self-imposed deadlines.
E3Take responsibility for, and identify own learning needs, develop and apply strategies for further self-development within and out with the programme.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10SPOR10025Global Issues in Sport Development20check mark  
10SPOR10028Operational Aspects in Sport20 check mark 
10SPOR10029Sport Dissertation40check markcheck mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
Please select 40 credits from the list below (one of which may be at L9):   
10SPOR10019Applied Sport Psychology20check mark  
9SPOR09029Psychology of Sport20check mark  
9SPOR09047Sport Education20check mark  
10SPOR10032Interventions in Sport and Physical Activity20 check mark 
OR any other module from the university catalogue, timetable permitting   

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

The award of BSc (Hons) in Sport Development is awarded to students who have at least 480 credits of which a minimum of 180 points are at SCQF Levels 9 and 10, and of which a minimum of 90 are at SCQF Level 10. Please refer to University regulations for Honours Classifications.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.

Combined Studies

There may be instances where a student has been unsuccessful in meeting the award criteria for the named award and for other more generic named awards existing within the School. Provided that they have met the credit requirements in line with the SCQF credit minima (please see Regulation 1.21), they will be eligible for an exit award of CertHE / DipHE or BA / BSc in Combined Studies.

For students studying BA, BAcc, or BD awards the award will be BA Combined Studies.

For students studying BEng or BSc awards, the award will be BSc Combined Studies.



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