A female sailor hanging off the edge of a professional sailing boat during a competition.

Develop your career opportunities in sailing as a practitioner, coach, or scientist

C606
3 years full-time
Bishop Otter Campus

15th

for student satisfaction

1. Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2021

Top 30

UK University

2. Guardian University Guide 2022

14th

for teaching quality

3. Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Overview

Develop your knowledge of the science behind high-performance sailing

If a career in high-performance sport excites you, then this British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences endorsed course is for you.

This course has been developed as a result of a 20-year collaboration between sports scientists with internationally renowned research and the world-leading British Sailing Team.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the science of sailing and Olympic sport through the disciplines of physiology, biomechanics and psychology, alongside bespoke modules tailored towards high performance sailing delivered by experts in their respective fields.

There will be lots of practical sessions, small group seminars and one-to-one tutorials for pastoral care and academic content, all held within state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

This degree is also recognised education partner of CIMSPA.

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On this course you will:

  • Develop your skills in high performance sailing as you learn from experts who have worked with professional teams and Olympic athletes.
  • Expand your knowledge of the roles of physiology, biomechanics, and psychology within high performance sailing.
  • Learn through intimate, highly-practical sessions as staff help develop the course around you.

The Course

Learn the scientific theory and practical skills required to work within performance sailing

You can choose to specialise in one of the core Sport and Exercise Science disciplines alongside bespoke modules tailored towards high-performance sailing and delivered by experts in their respective fields.

Bespoke modules are run by members of the British Sailing Coaching Staff as well as internationally renowned practitioners who are experts in their field.

In your third year, you will look at Applied Performance Planning, where you will look at the cycles of athletes and competition.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

Questioning Sport, Exercise and Health

You will be introduced to study skills for higher education  and discover the philosophical underpinnings of research in the sport and health sciences. You will also be introduced to qualitative research methods.

Evaluating Sport, Exercise and Health

This module will use a sport, exercise and health science context to develop study and research skills through practical application. You will be introduced to simple methods of quantitative research and data analysis together with the rational for those methods. You will experience a wide range of learning modalities to develop your study skills including: practical data collection, computer laboratories, group seminars and group and individual tutorials.

Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Sport and exercise contexts provide a fascinating and complex opportunity to investigate the psychology of human affect, cognition and behaviour. This module aims to introduce you to diverse areas of psychology in the context of sport performance, exercise, and well-being.

Introduction to Skill Acquisition

This module explores the psychological factors that affect the learning and performance of skills in sport. You are introduced to selected theories of performance and learning and the strengths and weaknesses of these theories are examined. Research findings will be used to help you make the connections to your responsibilities as sports coaches.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

This module will allow you to examine how key systems such as the musculoskeletal system, the cardio-vascular system, and the respiratory system affect human performance. Specific attention is paid to energy metabolism in the context of the exercising human across the breadth of the energy spectrum.

Introduction to Applied Exercise Physiology

This module aims to develop an understanding of the application of scientific principles and techniques to evaluate human performance. Consideration will be given to the selection of an appropriate data collection environment (i.e. laboratory versus field) and the applicability across a range of activities that spans energy provision.

Muscles and Movement – Anatomy in Motion

This module serves as an introduction to the basic concepts of anatomy and biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. You will be shown how such concepts can be practically investigated and will illustrate the integrative nature of anatomy and biomechanics.

Muscles and Movement – Causes of Motion

This module introduces you to the basic concepts of biomechanics as they relate to human movement and performance in sport and exercise. You are shown how the basic physical principles underpin performance in sport, and how such principles can be practically investigated. Practical work considers the general principles of biomechanics and related them to experimental methodology, data analysis, and statistical analysis for practical investigations into the evaluation of sport and exercise.

Researching Sport, Exercise and Health

The module will provide you with practical skills of conducting research in the sport, exercise, and health environment, and you will further your research skills, including ethical considerations, research design and methodology, analysis and write-up.

Developing and Monitoring Physical Performance

This module aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to design interventions for improving both health and skills-related physical fitness. You will develop the ability to complete a health screening and needs analysis on clients and athletes, establish goals, select appropriate methods of individual physical performance assessments, and design interventions to improve physical performance. This module is aligned to the CIMSPA professional standards for Gym Instructor and Personal Training.

Children and Youth Sport

This module aims to give you an overview of a number of issues related to coaching children in sport and/or providing sports opportunities for them. The module examines the development of the young performer from a multidisciplinary perspective and aims to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge through appropriate assignments.

Cognitive Psychology for Sport Performance

Within the sporting domain, knowledge of cognitive psychology can promote efficient acquisition and effective performance of skill among athletes at all stages of skill development. This module critically examines the strengths and weaknesses of theory and research concerning the cognitive processes that underpin the acquisition and performance of skill.

Performance Psychology

This module will introduce you to the key theories and concepts in performance psychology, examining theory and research into a range of factors (e.g. confidence, motivation, emotional regulation) that have been proposed to contribute to performance in sport and other achievement domains.

Physics of Sailing

This module extends your knowledge and practical skills in the application of engineering and biomechanics specific to sailing, with an emphasis on equipment and the environment. You will build an understanding of the science underpinning technical factors affecting sailing performance. In the first instance, you will be provided with the theoretical aspects of equipment and practical experiences on ways you can use technology to assess and evaluate sailing performance to gain improvements.

Applied Meteorology

Many students can organise outdoor and adventure activities in simple contexts but few have the ability to do so in light of complex environmental factors. This module aims to provide you with a basic knowledge of the earth’s atmosphere, the principles underlying its behaviour, and the effects of weather on adventure environments. There is also the opportunity to develop your pedagogical decision-making process in outdoor and adventure environments.

Sport and Exercise in Extreme Environments

This module aims to examine the physiological challenge of performing in extreme and hostile environments and to examine how the human can exercise, maintain homeostasis, and survive. It will explore the theoretical limits of human performance, looking to identify mechanisms of physiological acclimatisation and adaptation. You will consider how this may be used to increase sporting performance and maximise safety e.g. competitions such as The Everest Marathon and Marathon Des Sables.

Performance Analysis in Sport

The analysis undertaken could relate to technical, tactical and/or physical aspects of performance.. The use of sports performance analysis is paramount in light of the limitations of human memory, such as the volume of event recall and subjectivity. The module aims to introduce you to the key concepts, skills, and techniques associated to performance analysis, and outline its place in the scientific support of individuals and teams.

Project Management (Sport)

This module is an introduction to the essential tools and methodologies for managing an effective sports project. The methodology used will be PRINCE2 to develop your own sports project. The content will include: Introduction to Project Management, Planning a Project, and Managing Successful Projects.

Nutrition for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease

This module will examine the combined effects of nutrition and physical activity on health with particular focus on prevalent diseases associated with these factors. Topics covered will include: dietary guidelines, dietary analysis, measurement of energy, macro- and micro-nutrient intake, digestion, absorption and metabolism; the role of micro-nutrients; nutrition and prevalent diseases; obesity; eating disorders; food allergies; under-nutrition and special populations e.g. diabetics.

Dissertation (Performance Sailing)

The research project provides an opportunity to apply appropriate knowledge, concepts, techniques, and research methods of Sport and Exercise Sciences to an extensive and in-depth study of a particular question or problem related to sport or exercise science. This module aims to foster a detailed understanding of the processes to undertake a significant research project and marks the culmination of your learning experience. The study will enable you to produce a written research report.

Work Placement In Sport & Exercise Science

An opportunity to complete a unit of directed study incorporating a work placement of 105 hours (3-weeks) in a sport and exercise environment. This placement can take place in a wide range of environments including sports clubs, schools, colleges, private companies, clinical settings, or within the community. The focus of the work placement should be relevant to your needs, the programme of study you are taking and career aspirations.

Applied Performance Planning

This module enables you to develop and execute a performance plan that outlines the specifics of a sailing campaign. You are expected to develop the plan using What it Takes to Win (WITTW) and ‘performance backward’ planning techniques, identify a time bound plan for execution, include the structure for periodic review processes, and define milestone markers for assessing progression.

Applied Sport Psychology: Delivering Mental Strategies

Traditionally, sport psychologists have advocated the use of numerous mental training strategies that are purported to enhance the cognitive, affective, and behavioural states of the performers that they work with. This module provides you with an understanding of the efficacy of these strategies, to provide opportunities to deliver these mental strategies and to reflect on the delivery of these strategies.

Group Dynamics In Sport

This module aims to examine and evaluate current knowledge of sport group productivity and functioning and evaluates current practice in developing and increasing the effectiveness of group functioning. It is important to have an understanding of group dynamics due to the potential impact that groups can have on an individual’s performance, life satisfaction and psychological well-being.

Nutrition for Sport Performance, Physical Development and Health

This module aims to examine the ways in which dietary intake influences energy metabolism, recovery of skeletal muscle after exercise, exercise performance and training adaptations. Strategies to manipulate the dietary intake of energy, macro- and micro- nutrients through food choices and supplements will be examined in terms of their role of optimisation of training adaptations and sporting performance. An important component of the module will be the practical application of nutritional theory to the sporting arena.

Training Strategies For Sport Performance

This module aims to develop knowledge of the nature of physiological adaptation in response to exercise training, whilst addressing the concepts of overload, specificity, progression and reversibility. Athletic training will be discussed within theoretical and practical contexts.

Experience

Discover world-class sporting facilities to support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice

Teaching

Our team of principal lecturers ensure innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation.

When you come to Chichester, you will join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice and embraces the opportunities presented by new, interactive technologies.

Some modules will be delivered at the High Performance Sailing Centre in Portland, thus enabling access to experts delivering excellent performance programmes alongside world-class sailing facilities.

Each module is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.

In most modules you can expect lead lectures to introduce core content, but the majority of your time will be spent working in small groups with tutor support in seminars, workshops or laboratory sessions.

Many sessions will require you to have completed some preparatory work and you will also be given structured follow-up work after a session to further progress your learning, often reading or an individual/group task. As you progress through your degree you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.

Assessment

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress.

You can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Placement Opportunities

Utilise our extensive professional networks to support your learning

In the final year there is the option to complete a placement which will allow you to apply theory and knowledge in a sport, exercise or health setting of your choice.

This placement will give you the opportunity to further develop transferable skills which will make you more employable.

You will also have the opportunity to pursue your own placement option. Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however we have a dedicated placement coordinator who is available to assist students and has a network of contacts within the sector.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

Acquire the skills and knowledge required to gain employment with the sports industry

As well as supporting a career in sailing as a performer, coach, scientist, we also understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market.

Typical careers include:

  • Performer, coach or scientist in sailing
  • Fitness consultant
  • Athletic trainer
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports science support personnel
  • Sports equipment consultant
  • Health promotion
  • Exercise prescription on GP referral schemes

Further study

We offer postgraduate research programmes (MPhil/PhD) across the field of sport disciplines.

Supervision is offered by a strong, research-active team with a range of expertise. Our research interests stem from applied experience to deliver ‘real world’ meaningful results.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£14,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

UCAS
112-120
tariff points.
A Levels
BBB - BBC
BTEC
DDM - DMM
GCSEs
C/4
or better in both English Language and Maths.
IELTS
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5
IB
28 points
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
with at least 12 credits worth of science units at Merit.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

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How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

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When does this course start?

This course starts in September 2022.

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