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Programme: HCert (Sports Science) Option: Sports Coaching

Code Faculty Duration Credits Download
10120001 Faculty of Health Sciences Duration of study: 2 years Total credits: 130
Contact:
Dr F Rossouw
[email protected]
+27 (0)124206116

Programme information

This programme will be an extended programme allowing the student to complete the programme in two years. The programme provides a basis for knowledge and skills development to improve athlete performance by means of physical assessment, exercise and conditioning prescription, and research. It aims to develop coaches who can function successfully in an interdisciplinary environment in order to improve athletes’ and sports teams’ performances using the latest techniques and research. It will therefore strive towards internationally recognised academic excellence, but with local relevance. The programme will create an ideal learning environment incorporating lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, and problem solving. Students will receive teaching and training by leaders in the field of Sports Science and coaching. Students will get the opportunity to work with various sporting codes and athletes of various skill levels. Upon completion, it will provide students wanting to further their studies with the opportunity to apply for the BA (Sports and Leisure Studies), Option: Sports Coaching Sciences in the Faculty of Humanities, or the BEd degree in the Faculty of Education.

Other programme-specific information

*Students who are deemed to be at risk of their level of academic literacy are compelled to take ALL 110 and ALL 125.

Minimum credits: 118

Fundamental modules

  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    Introduction to physical fitness, multidimensional character of physical fitness, sport specific vs health-related fitness components, physiological effects of training, and application of training principles.

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  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    *Offered by the Department of Human nutrition for the students in Biokinetics, Sport and Leisure sciences
    Nutrition and health, digestion, absorption and metabolism, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, energy balance and weight management.

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  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    Biomechanic factors, causes of injuries, soft-tissue injuries, first aid (RICE), massage, strapping and CPR.

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  • Module content:

    *Closed – departmental selection required
    A study, critique and analysis of human motor growth and development in regular populations. Growth, maturation, physical activity and performance of children and adolescents as they progress from birth to young adulthood are included.

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  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    Sport-specific skills, team situation; rules and regulations, refereeing; game analysis; coaching.

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  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    Orientation and terminology, osseous tissue and skeletal structure, axial skeleton, appendicular skeleton, articulations, and cardiorespiratory system.

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  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    The cell, bio-energy, muscle contraction, and respiration.

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  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    This module focuses on the biomechanical principles involved in human movement and sport activities. It comprises the study and analysis of the forms of human movement, linear and angular kinematics and fluid mechanics.

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  • Module content:

    This module is a broad introduction to sport and recreation as products in the market. Students discover the nature of sport and recreation, the difference between the concepts and policies, plans, strategies and structures of sport and recreation in South Africa and Zone VI in Africa. The dynamic scope and nature of recreation and sports management are introduced and discussed. Emphasis is placed on basic management tasks and functions in sport and recreation contexts, interpersonal skills, leadership and control systems and techniques in sport and recreation. The module establishes a foundation of management knowledge and skills on which subsequent sport and recreation management modules are built.

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  • Module content:

    This module identifies, defines and examines the underlying theoretical dimensions and practical principles of scientific sports coaching to provide a platform for subsequent knowledge and application in sports coaching contexts.

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  • Module content:

    This module builds on the fundamental priciples of sports coaching. It focuses on the processes and techniques of learning and teaching of skills within a sports paradigm. Methodological techniques as implemented by the coach in teaching and learning of sports skills are identified, discussed and applied. In this module the student gets the opportunity to obtain a Level 0/1 Sports Coaching certificate in a sport of choice.

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  • Module content:

    In this module basic principles of sport, exercise and performance psychology are identified as basis for subsequent modules. Fundamental principles of motivation, activation, attention, personality and aggression and their role in sport, exercise and performance are identified, defined and discussed in divese sport contexts. 

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  • Module content:

    This module introduces the basic principles, dynamics and skills involved in the psychology of sport coaching. Different roles of the coach as leader, motivator, facilitator and communicator are identified and explained from a psychological perspective. In this module the psychological principles constituting the development of children through sport and coaching will be explored and interpreted. The growth principles will be integrated with all the different life phases.

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  • Module content:

    Find, evaluate, process, manage and present information resources for academic purposes using appropriate technology. Apply effective search strategies in different technological environments. Demonstrate the ethical and fair use of information resources. Integrate 21st-century communications into the management of academic information.

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  • Module content:

    This module intends to equip students to cope more confidently and competently with the reading and understanding of a variety of texts, to apply these skills in a variety of contexts and to follow the conventions of academic writing.

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  • Module content:

    This module equips students to understand and use a range of discipline-specific terminology; apply the strategies of critical and comprehensive reading to their own academic literacy; apply the conventions of academic writing to their own writing, using the process approach, to produce intelligible academic texts and use the correct referencing technique as required by the faculty.

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Minimum credits: 118

Fundamental modules

Core modules

  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    Introduction to physical fitness, multidimensional character of physical fitness, sport specific vs health-related fitness components, physiological effects of training, and application of training principles.

    View more

  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    *Offered by the Department of Human nutrition for the students in Biokinetics, Sport and Leisure sciences
    Nutrition and health, digestion, absorption and metabolism, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, energy balance and weight management.

    View more

  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    Biomechanic factors, causes of injuries, soft-tissue injuries, first aid (RICE), massage, strapping and CPR.

    View more

  • Module content:

    *Closed – departmental selection required
    A study, critique and analysis of human motor growth and development in regular populations. Growth, maturation, physical activity and performance of children and adolescents as they progress from birth to young adulthood are included.

    View more

  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    Sport-specific skills, team situation; rules and regulations, refereeing; game analysis; coaching.

    View more

  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    Orientation and terminology, osseous tissue and skeletal structure, axial skeleton, appendicular skeleton, articulations, and cardiorespiratory system.

    View more

  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    The cell, bio-energy, muscle contraction, and respiration.

    View more

  • Module content:

    *Closed – requires departmental selection
    This module focuses on the biomechanical principles involved in human movement and sport activities. It comprises the study and analysis of the forms of human movement, linear and angular kinematics and fluid mechanics.

    View more

  • Module content:

    This module is a broad introduction to sport and recreation as products in the market. Students discover the nature of sport and recreation, the difference between the concepts and policies, plans, strategies and structures of sport and recreation in South Africa and Zone VI in Africa. The dynamic scope and nature of recreation and sports management are introduced and discussed. Emphasis is placed on basic management tasks and functions in sport and recreation contexts, interpersonal skills, leadership and control systems and techniques in sport and recreation. The module establishes a foundation of management knowledge and skills on which subsequent sport and recreation management modules are built.

    View more

  • Module content:

    This module identifies, defines and examines the underlying theoretical dimensions and practical principles of scientific sports coaching to provide a platform for subsequent knowledge and application in sports coaching contexts.

    View more

  • Module content:

    This module builds on the fundamental priciples of sports coaching. It focuses on the processes and techniques of learning and teaching of skills within a sports paradigm. Methodological techniques as implemented by the coach in teaching and learning of sports skills are identified, discussed and applied. In this module the student gets the opportunity to obtain a Level 0/1 Sports Coaching certificate in a sport of choice.

    View more

  • Module content:

    In this module basic principles of sport, exercise and performance psychology are identified as basis for subsequent modules. Fundamental principles of motivation, activation, attention, personality and aggression and their role in sport, exercise and performance are identified, defined and discussed in divese sport contexts. 

    View more

  • Module content:

    This module introduces the basic principles, dynamics and skills involved in the psychology of sport coaching. Different roles of the coach as leader, motivator, facilitator and communicator are identified and explained from a psychological perspective. In this module the psychological principles constituting the development of children through sport and coaching will be explored and interpreted. The growth principles will be integrated with all the different life phases.

    View more


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