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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.
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.
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.
Select a year
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sports 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.
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.
Nutrition for the Prevention and Treatment of Illness and 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.
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.
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. the module content will seek to develop understanding of the importance of these concepts for performance, their determinants and how to change them.
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.
This module aims to equip you with the tools and skills necessary to manage sports projects effectively and to demonstrate the importance of following a prescribed project management methodology. You will explore the concepts of project management in a practical way including effective scoping, planning, resource allocation, risk and issue management, project monitoring, reporting and review.
Researching Sport, Exercise & Health
You will further develop your skills in research methods and data analysis, with a broad focus on analysis procedures including the qualitative method of interviewing, and quantitative methods of analysis of variance, correlation and linear regression. These methods are commonly used procedures in the sport, exercise and health sciences, and understanding of these will also provide a solid foundation for understanding more advanced research methods that you may learn in your future work including research projects or postgraduate study.
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.
This module aims to allow you to develop your conceptual biomechanics knowledge, knowledge of current practice, and independent practical skills. It gives the opportunity to follow interests within the field that may have been stimulated by either the third year biomechanics techniques module, or by areas you have come across in the course of your independent project work and which you would like to investigate further. It aims to develop your independence in the laboratory.
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.
Extended Research Project
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.
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 Sports Performance, Physical Development and Health
Sports performance and the development of athletic ability relies on the individual being in peak health and having the correct nutrition support to fuel training adaptation and exercise performance. This module aims to examine the ways in which dietary intake influences energy metabolism, recovery of skeletal muscle after exercise, exercise performance, training adaptation, injury risk, and immunity.
Planning and Monitoring of Training and Performance
A focus on planning and monitoring training of athletes and how a programme of physiological support can be used to enhance performance. You will engage in current literature identifying the physiological demands of the athletes chosen sport, key measures of physical fitness, and how we can enhance them. An athlete’s ability to focus on training to gain maximal physiological adaptations, and relax in competition can represent the difference in making the podium or winning major tournaments.
Work Placement in Sport and Exercise
This module offers 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.
Discover a wide range of excellent sporting facilities that support your learning
Sports injury clinic
Tudor Hale Centre for Sport
Specialist outdoor sports pitches
Learning Resource Centre
Subject specific librarians
Teaching and Assessment
Innovative teaching methods that focus on practice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 fees 2023/24
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