BA Health & Exercise and Sports Studies

About the Course

The course has a strong vocational and academic content and will be of interest to the student who prefers to study a breadth of topics within the areas of sport and health. The Sport Studies part of the degree examines sport from socio-cultural, scientific and practical perspectives. You may choose between the coaching/sports development and socio-cultural pathways, or select modules of interest from both pathways.

During your second year, you will be able to undertake a work placement as well as gain a number of coaching awards throughout the course. The importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for the individual’s well-being is also examined within the Health & Exercise programme. How exercise and diet affect the body and impact on the individual’s health is also explored, as well as what social and psychological factors encourage or constrain health-related behaviour.

You will also learn how to implement and maintain health promotion strategies and how to measure and assess an individual’s health and fitness using the latest testing equipment.

Award
BA (Joint Honours)

UCAS Code
BC46

Language Choice
English
Welsh

Course Length
3 years full-time; Part-time study available

Entry Requirements

See introduction

You will be invited to visit the University to discuss the course. Entry is based on individual merit.

Career Opportunities

  • Teaching - Primary or Secondary (subject to PGCE)
  • Sports Development and Coaching
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Public Services and Forces
  • Personal Trainer
  • Health Promotion
  • Higher degree and research

Department

School of Sport, Health and Outdoor Education

Campus

Carmarthen Campus

Typical modules

  • Coaching Pedagogy
  • Psychology of Health & Exercise
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Work Placement
  • Games in Education
  • Athletic Activities
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Aquatics Activities
  • Conditioning and Training Methods
  • Dissertation

Key Features

  • Practical performance modules in Years 1 and 2
  • Health & Exercise Assessment Laboratory
  • Access to the on-campus Health Suite
  • Additional coaching awards in a wide range of sports and exercise qualifications available
  • Work placement module
  • USA exchange available in Year 2 for selected students
  • Small, friendly campus with motivated and supportive staff
  • Average teaching group numbers are less than 25
  • Only degree of its kind in the region
  • Practical and vocational focus of the course
  • An accredited centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • University sports teams compete in the British Universities Championships in a wide range of sports including: rugby, netball, football, hockey, cricket, triathlon, cross-country, judo and golf. There are also many other sports clubs and societies such as the Outdoor Pursuits club, Aerobics and Surf Club. Students from the School usually take a lead role in the organising and running of many of these clubs.

Why study at this University?

  • Small, friendly campus with motivated and supportive staff
  • Average teaching group numbers are less than 25
  • Only degree of its kind in the region
  • A new sports centre & health suite on campus
  • Practical and vocational focus of the course
  • An accredited centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Additional coaching and training awards are available to all students
  • University sports teams compete in the British Universities championships in a wide range of sports including; rugby, netball, football, hockey, cricket, triathlon, cross country, judo and golf. There are also many other sports clubs and societies such as the Outdoor Pursuits club, Aerobics and Surf Club. Students from the School usually take a lead role in the organising and running of many of these clubs

Programme Specification

The educational aims of the programme are to:

  • instil an understanding of the role of exercise in promoting healthylifestyles;
  • develop interdisciplinary perspectives of health and exercise;
  • develop the key skills and core knowledge required by graduates workingin practical community settings in the area of health and exercise;
  • develop problem solving, analytical, and independent research skills in theareas of health and exercise.
  • instil an understanding of the role of sport in personal and community development;
  • develop a socio-cultural and sport development perspective on sport;
  • develop the key skills and core knowledge required by graduates workingin community sport;
  • develop problem solving, analytical, and independent research skills.

Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge base in selected areas that informhealth and exercise.
  • Show critical ability to analyse health as a contested concept.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of health.
  • Utilise research findings in a critical and evaluative way to demonstrate the development of health and exercise as a discipline.
  • Show a critical understanding of the diversity and changing nature of determinants of health.
  • Analyse contemporary issues at the forefront of health, and exercise.
  • Critically analyse a range of theories of causality relating to health and ill health to include the role of exercise and physical activity.
  • Critically appraise a range of exercise based health interventions.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the individual and of institutions in affecting health status.
  • Evaluate the diversity of experience and values associated with health,exercise and physical activity.
  • Critically analyse different healthcare systems.
  • Cross traditional subject boundaries, drawing on appropriate knowledge from other academic disciplines to elucidate health issues.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation for using several appropriate critical perspectives to analyse health related issues.
  • Understand, and demonstrate knowledge of the disciplines underpinning human structure and function.
  • Appraise and evaluate the effects of exercise interventions on participants from different participant groups.
  • Demonstrate a critical awareness of current government policy on disease prevention and the role of exercise within current strategies.
  • Display an awareness and consideration of ethical issues, health and safety,and the role of education in improving the health of the nation.
  • Monitoring, analysing, diagnosing and prescribing action to enhance the learning and performance of the component elements of sport.
  • Showing evidence of the skills required to monitor and evaluate a sport performance in laboratories and/or field settings.
  • Displaying a critical appreciation of the integration of the variables involved in the delivery (teaching, instructing and coaching) of enhanced sport performance.
  • Displaying an awareness of current government policy on disease prevention and the relevance of sport and exercise.
  • Displaying a broad range of skills, including awareness of health and safety, ethical considerations, exercise prescription and the role of education, health and sports bodies in improving the health of the nation.
  • Displaying a critical insight into the organisations and structures responsible for sport, and the political ramifications arising from these.
  • Employing social, economic and political theory to explain the development and differentiation of sport throughout society.
  • Appraising and evaluating the effects of a sport intervention on the participant.
  • Demonstrating the application of the social and cultural meanings attached to sport and their impact on participation and regulation.
  • Demonstrating a critical appreciation of sport development and facilitation principles in at least one vocational context.

Intellectual Skills

  • Research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts, factual information, and apply these skills to explain and solve problems.
  • Critically assess and evaluate evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources.
  • Critically interpret data of different kinds and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches adopted.
  • Describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse, and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context.
  • Plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of data.
  • Apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Develop a sustained reasoned argument and be able to challenge previously held assumptions.
  • Learn independently, monitor and evaluate their personal development planning needs, and identify appropriate problem-solving strategies.
  • Research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts, factual information, and apply these skills to explain and solve problems.
  • Critically assess and evaluate evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources.
  • Critically interpret data of different kinds and appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different methodological approaches adopted.
  • Describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse, and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context.
  • Plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of data.
  • Apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems.
  • Develop a sustained reasoned argument and be able to challenge previously held assumptions.

Key Skills

  • Use information and communications technology to enhance verbal and written presentations, and to facilitate relevant information retrieval.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Work effectively, both independently and with others.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for their learning and continuing personal and professional development.
  • Self-appraise and reflect on their practice.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills.
  • Work effectively, both independently and with others.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for their learning and continuing personal and professional development.
  • Self-appraise and reflect on their practice.

Practical Skills

  • Plan, design, and execute practical activities using appropriate skills, techniques and procedures.
  • Recognise and respond to professional codes of conduct in addition to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues which directly pertain to the context of study.
  • Undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and confidence in skills transferable to the workplace and articulate these to an employer.
  • Appropriately respond to equal opportunities issues in context.
  • Plan, design, manage and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills.
  • Recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues which directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct.
  • Undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
  • The analysis of complex situations concerning human learning and development in particular contexts, including their own learning

Further Information

Programme Co-ordinator: Dave Gardner
Tel: 01267 676727
E-mail: d.gardner@trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk