The BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and Performance is a four year honours degree programme that provides aspiring coaches from a variety of sporting backgrounds with an advanced coach education.
The programme combines the diisciplines of coach education and development with sports science, applying theory to practice in different coaching enviroments. A unique feature of the degree
1. Coach Education
Modules in this group address the key characteristics of successful coaching and talent identification
2. Sports Science
These modules provide students with the knowledge to understand the scientific basis of sports performance and the practical skills to undertake coaching-relevant assessments
3. Strength and Conditioning
These modules enable students to plan and implement programmes for individuals and teams. Age-specific strength and conditioning is a key consideration.
4. Sport in Society
These modules are intended to place sport and coaching within a wider societal context
The sports-specific education is delivered and academic credit is given to students for completion of National Governing Body awards and progress though the coach development pathway. Students must pay the costs associated with these NGB awards.
The programme is designed specifically to develop coaching skills, abilities and perspectives to enable the coach to pursue career pathways in coaching.
Additional points can be awarded to individuals with outstanding sporting achievement. Typically 20 - 50 additional points may be added. Bonus Points Scheme
A year long coaching internship is undertaken in the third year of the programme. This distinctive feature offers students the opportunity to develop real world high level experience prior to graduating.
Sports science foundation modules are a key component of years 1 and 2 while in year 4, students study the science of elite performance in specific sports, e.g. science of soccer. Such a focus on the science of performance in individual sports is not the norm on other sports science programmes.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science||Coach Education|
|Introduction to Coaching||Talent Identification and LTAD|
|Research and Learning||Motor Behaviour|
|Introduction to Sports Coaching and Society||Data and Measurement|
|Strength and Conditioning 1||Exercise Physiology 1|
|Lifestyle Management||Biomechanics and Kinesiology|
|Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Movement and Performance Analysis||Coach Education 2|
|Micro Coaching||Tests and measurements for sport|
|Coaching Leadership||Coaching Process|
|Sport Psychology||Advanced Performance Analysis|
|Sports Physiology||Strength and Conditioning 2|
|Sociology of Sport and Coaching||Performance Planning|
|Semester 5||Semester 6|
|Paralympic Sport||Research Methods and Statistics|
|Coaching Internship 1||Coaching Internship 2|
|Semester 7||Semester 8|
|Major Project 1||Major Project 2|
|Science of Sports Performance||Sport and Exercise Medicine|
|Performance Psychology||International Perspectives on Talent Development and Coaching|
|Strength and Conditioning 3||Athletic Monitoring|
|Sports Development||Sport and Exercise Nutrition|
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Scholarships for BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching & Performance
Sports scholarships are made available to selected suitable candidates. The SETU Waterford Sports Scholarship scheme offers a range of support services to successful students including financial, academic and sports science support.
Applicants who apply to the CAO by 1 February and who have achieved excellence in their chosen sport or coaching at the highest avilable levels may qualify for consideration for additional bonus points.
More info: www.wit.ie/admissionspolicies
Graduates from this course may find employment in fields such as:
Coaching and Sports Development
Strength and Conditioning
Applied Sport Scientist
To date, succesfull internships have included: Manchester City FC, London Irish RFC, World Cycling Centre (Switzerland), Hoops Life (Florida), Quatar Sports Academy, Triathlon Ireland, Senior County GAA Squads & National League Soccer Squads. During the internship, students will be mentored by experienced pracitioners in coaching, S&C, performance analysis, sport science support & adminstration.
It is envisaged that students will progress to further study in Sports Coaching, Sports Psychology, Sports Science, Sports Performance and Strength and Conditioning.
Students will also have the knowledge and skills necessary to undertake advanced coaching awards to international standards in their specialist sports in the years following graduation.