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HL10523: Applied practice in sport and exercise

[Page last updated: 18 October 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department for Health
Credits: 15 [equivalent to 30 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 300
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • In class test (CW 25%)
  • CW Presentation of Practical (CW 25%)
  • CW Portfolio (CW 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: To provide students with the understanding and insight as to how different disciplines work within a high performance environment. To develop skills that are crucial for success when working in a high performance environment.

Learning Outcomes: 1. Define both talent development environments (TDEs) and high-performance environments in sport (HPEs), and describe and explain their component factors, drawing on relevant theories
2. Explore prospective career pathways and understand the roles and competencies of sports and exercise scientists in recognising and tackling contemporary challenges, including those within TDEs and HPEs
3. Analyse the demands of sport and exercise across the core disciplines of Sport and Exercise Science, and appreciate the needs of the individual and the team
4. Describe and justify the use of specific� testing methods� and be confident in interpreting results
5. Analyse and assess theoretical concepts within strength and conditioning and their application within the field
6. Observe, design and lead coaching sessions that will improve athletic performance, and identify and link relevant theories and practices.

Content: Students will explore the role and remit of a sport scientist through a series of lectures, practicals coaching sessions, observational sessions, and seminars based sessions.
* Students will explore both Talent Development Environments (TDE) and High Performance Environments (HPE) contexts, from the perspective of a prac-academic.
* Key theoretical, research based, and professional practice issues from both talent development environment (TDEs) and high performance environment (HPE) will be discussed and observed.
* Student's ability to observe and reflect will be taught and facilitated throughout the unit to demonstrate links between academic and practical settings.
* Independent observation of practical coaching and practitioner led sessions will enable students to describe and understand how these environments operated and are managed. Weekly observations (both individually, and group level) will be driven by weekly content of the lectures, seminars, and guest sessions.
* Opportunities will be provided to complete additional vocational qualifications alongside the unit to complement development as an applied sport scientist.
* Students will develop and refine their personal coaching skills through a series of practical coaching series, focussed upon a specific discipline of sport science.
* Students will be offered the opportunity to present and discuss their ideas, observations, and findings to coaches and practitioners operating within such environments.

Programme availability:

HL10523 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB22 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Year 1)
  • UHHL-ACB22 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AAB22 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB22 : BSc(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AFM22 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Year 1)
  • UHHL-ACM22 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AAM22 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKM22 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 1)


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