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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 28/09/2022 16:17:42

Title of Module: Being a Sport Professional

Code: SPOR09049 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Liz  Carlin

Summary of Module

This module is specifically designed to make students more employable by developing their understanding of current theory through the application to practice in the sports industry. This is facilitated through the provision of a meaningful and relevant work placement, with the module also introducing aspects of entrepreneurship and business development. 

The module provides students with practical focus to address issues relating to securing employment and training beyond their studies. Practical work experience is supported by current and appropriate theoretical research, seminars, and guest lectures. 

The module is delivered using a long-thin approach, with lectures and seminars over Terms 1 and 2. Module content is provided in conjunction with the local authority, who deliver a range of workplace training in T1 and support students on a number of different placements opportunities throughout the organisation.  Students are also permitted to source their own placements, subject to approval. 

This module develops students in relation to the ‘I am UWS’ Graduate Attributes: 

Universal – Inquiring, Emotionally intelligent and Socially responsible 

Work Ready – Digitally literate, effective communicator and Socially responsible 

Successful – Innovative, Creative and Transformational

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:


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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Identify and negotiate a programme of work with a suitable employer.

L2. Reflect on work placement experience from a personal and organisational perspective, incorporating relevant concepts and theories from academic sources.

L3. Demonstrate an understanding of sport employment and career progression, including personal pathways, goal-setting, and personal development planning.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrating and/or working with:

A broad and integrated knowledge and understanding of the scope, main areas and boundaries of a subject/ discipline.

A critical understanding of a selection of the principal theories, principles, concepts and terminology.

Knowledge that is detailed in some areas and/or knowledge of one or more specialisms that are informed by forefront developments.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Using a selection of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with a subject/discipline.

Using a few skills, techniques, practices and/or materials that are specialised or advanced.

Practicing routine methods of enquiry and/or research.

Practicing in a range of professional level contexts that include a degree of unpredictability.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertaking critical analysis, evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues.

Identifying and analyse routine professional problems and issues.

Drawing on a range of sources in making judgements.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Using a range of routine skills and some advanced and specialised skills in support of established practices in a subject/discipline, for example: Make formal and informal presentations on standard/mainstream topics in the subject/discipline to a range of audiences.

Using a range of IT applications to support and enhance work.

Interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data to achieve goals/targets.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercising autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level.

Taking some responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources.

Practicing in ways that take account of own and others’ roles and responsibilities.

Working, under guidance, with qualified practitioners.

Dealing with ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes or practices, seeking guidance where appropriate.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module adopts hybrid delivery and is specifically designed to continue empowering and inspiring the student to take control of their future employment development.

The learning and teaching activities included within this module are wide ranging and consist of numerous formative (not marked or graded) activities such as individual employment research exercises, discussion forums where students may interact with each other and individual reflective activities following recorded materials, tutorials and readings. This module will be delivered using a long, thin approach over Terms 1 and 2.

The module also addresses important career development aspects of networking within the sport development professional environment through an independently sourced work placement, lasting no less than sixty hours across both Terms.

This module requires the completion of a UWS PVG and any student who fails to complete both this and the tripartite agreement by the deadline risks withdrawal from the module.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Asynchronous Class Activity18
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity15
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop3
Work Based Learning/Placement 60
Personal Development Plan10
Independent Study94
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Core Text:

Masters, J. (2007) Working in Sport : how to find a sports related job in the UK or abroad, 2nd ed. How To Books, Oxford.


Fried, G. (2010) Managing Sport Facilities, 2nd ed. Human Kinetics, Champaign, Illinois.

Hylton, K; Bramham, P; Jackson D (2008) : Sports Development: Policy, Process and Practice, 2nd Edition. Routledge, London.

Coffman, S (2007) Successful Programs for Fitness and Health Clubs. Human Kinetics, Champaign Illinois.

Torkildsen, G, (2005) Leisure and Recreation Management, 5th Edition. Routledge, London.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:

For the purposes of this module, academic engagement also includes entering required placement details onto InPlace by specified deadline, completion of PVG in advance of placement and completing required placement hours.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorDaryl Cowan
External ExaminerC Corsby
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The assessments in this module will require students to reflect on their own professional development as well as identify areas of development, related to their desired career pathway.
Assessment 1. A presentation on a relevant aspect of professional practice.
Assessment 2. A personal development plan aimed towards a specific area of employment.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Performance/ Studio work/ Placement/ WBL/ WRL assessmentcheck markcheck mark 500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Portfolio of written work  check mark500
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
In line with current legislation (Equality Act, 2010) and the UWS Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Code, our modules are accessible and inclusive, with reasonable adjustment for different needs where appropriate. Module materials comply with University guidance on inclusive learning and teaching, and specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations. Where modules require practical learning or assessment, alternative formats and/or roles will be provided for students with physical disabilities which impact participation.

Please refer to the UWS Equality and Diversity Policy at the following link:

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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