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and Sports Studies
Newman University College’s
Sports Studies subject area
was ranked top for graduate
prospects in the Guardian’s
University Guide 2010.
A feature of Physical Education and Sports
Studies at Newman is the excellent relationship
between staff and students. Staff know students
on an individual basis, and you are given the
opportunity to improve your understanding of
sport and exercise science by participating in
research with staff. This collaborative approach
leads to high quality work being produced.
Newman works closely with a range of sporting
teams as well as a number of individual athletes.
This work involves the testing and monitoring of
different components of fitness key to students
chosen sport across the training year. This
data then informs the training and conditioning
programmes of the teams and/or individuals.
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Why study Physical Education and Sports Studies at Contents
Newman University College? Newman provides a range Sports Studies BA (Hons) and Sports Science
BSc (Hons) 04
of programmes in the Physical Education and Sports Initial Teacher Education BA (Hons) with QTS 06
Studies (PESS) subject area, with all courses providing PGCE Secondary with Physical Education (QTS) 08
a broad, yet in-depth study of the major disciplines within MA/MSc Physical Education and Sports Studies 10
the field. The approach is one of applied scientific enquiry, Sport, Exercise and Health Research Centre 12
Student Profiles 13
making clear links between laboratory-based studies and Staff Profiles and Research Interests 15
the impact of sporting performance from grass roots to
elite-level athletes across a range of sporting activities.
Professional coaches also deliver practical physiology, psychology, motor learning and Recent graduates from Sports Studies
elements across the different programmes. In biomechanics, are planned as part of Newman’s programmes at Newman now work in sports
addition, level 2 and 3 coaches work with a range £20m redevelopment. Our laboratories are also coaching, teaching, refereeing, sports
of focus sports at Newman including basketball, used for conducting physiological assessments development, sports and leisure management,
football, hockey and rugby. with a range of populations including individual sports science, the Police Service, the armed
and team athletes and students, as well as forces and in sports promotion.
In recent years Newman has significantly paediatric populations. In addition, there is a
invested in sports facilities for its students. purpose-built BodPod room where environmental
These include: conditions are well-controlled to ensure accurate
measurement of body composition.
• All-weather sports pitch
• Double level fitness suite You will be taught using a variety of methods
• Squash courts including lectures, workshops, seminars,
• Sports Hall practical sessions and problem-based learning.
• Gymnasium. Similarly, assessment methods vary from module
to module and include a combination of written
Three specialist teaching and learning areas examinations, presentations, practical tests and
have recently been refurbished and new Sports coursework. Coursework may include working
Sciences Laboratories, providing specialist portfolios, poster presentations, laboratory For more information visit our website:
teaching areas for practical sessions in exercise manuals, journal articles, reports and essays. www.newman.ac.uk
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Sports Studies The sports, health and leisure market offers an
increasing number of opportunities in a wide Module Information
range of careers including sports development, Year 1
BA (Hons) sports management, and physical education.
There is a real need for talented, well-equipped
• Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
• Research Methods 1: An Introduction to
professionals to work in these expanding fields. Research Methods in Sport and Exercise
• Pedagogy & Coaching
The BA (Hons) Sports Studies degree enables • Sports in Society
you to develop the knowledge and skills required • Introduction to Human Movement Analysis
for a career in sports related professions. The • Motor Learning and Skills Acquisition
course will enable you to examine the practical, • Introduction to Physiology of Exercise
professional and theoretical elements that • Introduction to UK Sport and Exercise Policy
influence sports and exercise performance and and Management.
participation. You will explore the principles that
underpin participation and performance in sport Year 2
and exercise, and examine sports coaching and • Psychological Principles of Sport and Exercise
management, physical education, and the socio- • Physiological Bases of Sport and Exercise
cultural aspects of sport and exercise sciences. • Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary
In your final year you can select modules that Issues in Sport
relate to a specific sports related career to • Research Methods 2: Measurement & Analysis
develop your expertise. • Pedagogy and Coaching 2
• Work Placement
The teaching methods and course content • Development of UK Sport Policy & Management.
are informed by relevant professional bodies
including the British Association of Sport and Year 3
Exercise Science (BASES). The programme has • Applied Sociology of Sport (Core)
a large amount of practical and sports laboratory • Psychology of Optimal Performance (optional)
based work. You are encouraged to develop • Dissertation in Sports Studies (double core
your own areas of research and relate your module)
studies to practical situations. You will have the • Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness
opportunity to undertake a range of coaching (optional)
courses offered by national coaching bodies. • Pedagogical Studies in Physical Education
Fieldwork is an important part of the course, with (optional)
field study trips giving you experience of a wide • Challenges to UK Sport Policy (Core)
range of outdoor activities. • Critical Issues in Physical Education (optional)
• Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional).
These modules may be subject to change.
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Sports Science This new course will enable you to examine the
practical, professional and theoretical elements that
• Psychological Principles of Sport and Exercise
influence sports and exercise performance and • Physiological Bases of Sport and Exercise
BSc (Hons) participation. You will gain an understanding of the
different scientific theories applied by sports science,
• Research Methods 2: Measurement and Analysis
• Sociological Perspectives on Contemporary
BASES endorsed and become expert in using scientific methods of
enquiry, interpreting and analysing scientific data, and
Issues in Sport
• Work Placement
using the latest technologies. You will also develop the • Biomechanical Basis of Human Movement
skills needed to monitor and evaluate physiological • Applied Sports Science I.
and psychological responses to sport and exercise.
The programme has a large amount of practical and • Dissertation in Sports Studies (double core
sports laboratory based work. You are encouraged module)
to develop your own areas of research and relate • Applied Sports Science II (core)
your studies to practical situations. You will have the • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Science (core)
opportunity to undertake a range of coaching courses • Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology (optional)
offered by national coaching bodies. Fieldwork is • Pedagogical Studies in Physical Education
an important part of the course, with field study trips (optional)
giving you experience of a wide range of outdoor • Psychology of Optimal Performance (optional)
activities. The course’s endorsement by the BASES • Exercise Prescription for Health and Fitness
Undergraduate Endorsement Scheme (BUES) (optional)
ensures that our graduates are in the best position to • Critical Issues in Physical Education (optional).
pursue their chosen careers. These modules may be subject to change.
Entry Requirements for
• Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology Sports Studies and Sports Science
• Introduction to Physiology of Exercise You will need 280 UCAS points including at least
• Research Methods 1: An Introduction to grades BC or above at A2 (including a sport/
Research Methods in Sport and Exercise PE or a science related subject), or equivalent.
• Sports in Society Please visit www.newman.ac.uk/entry for the
Newman’s Sports Science degree enables you • Pedagogy & Coaching latest information.
to develop the knowledge and skills required for • Motor Learning and Skills Acquisition
a career in a sports science related profession, • Introduction to Human Movement Analysis
from delivering physical activity programmes for • Introduction to UK Sport and Exercise Policy For more information visit our website:
local authorities to supporting elite athletes. and Management. www.newman.ac.uk
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Initial Teacher Education
BA (Hons) with QTS
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Newman University College has an established Education and Professional Studies modules
reputation for producing high quality teachers will consider many areas including; learning Teaching Methods and Assessment
and ensures graduates understand the needs of and teaching, classroom management and You will be taught through a combination of
the children they teach, developing creative and organisation, behaviour management, teaching lectures, workshops, tutorials, presentations,
effective practice. approaches and strategies, planning, evaluation, role play, seminars and practical sessions.
assessment for learning, access and inclusion, Assessment is varied and could include a
During your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) degree Special Educational Needs, child protection, mixture of coursework, practical outcomes,
you will undertake modules that will equip you to collaborative and team working, creativity presentations, reports, observed teaching and
become an effective and creative teacher, enabling and innovation, legislation and roles and written examinations.
you to achieve the professional standards responsibilities.
required for qualified teacher status (QTS). The
programme includes additional opportunities to Entry Requirements
study specialist subject modules focused around 280-300 UCAS points including at least two
your area of professional interest, study overseas, Each year you will undertake school and grade Cs or above at A2, or equivalent. Please
gain further experience in specialist settings and setting based experiences. There will be visit www.newman.ac.uk/entry for the latest
undertake Masters level modules. preparation days, block teaching experiences information.
and specialised weeks where you will go into
schools and work as part of a group working
on creative and innovative projects. These
Core Curriculum modules focus on the experiences are designed to enable you to gain
development of your knowledge, understanding practical and professional experience in a range
and skills in the pedagogy (how to teach) of settings, urban, suburban and rural, and with
of mathematics, English and science in the an exciting diversity of cultural, religious, social
classroom. Mathematics sessions will cover key and economic influences.
mathematical areas of number, shape space and
measure, handling data and using and applying
Education in Partnership
mathematics; English includes early reading,
comprehensive writing, grammar, speaking Mentoring in partnership schools will
and listening; and science covers scientific complement your taught sessions as you
investigation and processes. increase your classroom confidence and gain
valuable experience in different environments.
You will also undertake Broad Curriculum
modules, which cover all the non-core subjects;
art and design, design and technology, history,
geography, ICT, music, physical education and
modern foreign languages (MFL) and Religious For more information visit our website:
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PGCE Secondary with
Physical Education (QTS)
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The PGCE is an intensive one year programme “Students continue to
designed for Sports Studies graduates who want Special Features
to become secondary school PE teachers.
comment very positively about
• You will be taught through a combination of
The major aim of the PGCE course is to enable lectures, seminars, workshops, school-based the support they receive from
you to meet those standards. In addition to experience and fieldwork school-based colleagues and
developing knowledge of the secondary physical • Setting clear targets should ensure that you university-based staff whilst
education curriculum you will be studying are always aware of your own learning focus
classroom management, lesson planning and during both Newman and school-based
assessment techniques, learning and teaching phases External Examiner
styles and strategies. • Individual development will be assessed in a
variety of ways throughout the course
Teaching Experience • The opportunity to participate in a study visit
to South Africa.
A significant part of the course will be spent in
schools obtaining valuable classroom experience
under the supervision of trained mentors and Entry Requirements
Newman lecturers. You will also have the opportunity You will need a good Honours degree (2:2
to participate in a study visit to South Africa to work or above) of which Sports or a Sports related
with learners in townships developing PE. subject forms part, or a recognised equivalent
qualification. 5 GCSEs including English language
Teaching experiences take place in two blocks of 7 and mathematics at grade C and above, or
and 12 weeks respectively. You will be placed in a equivalent. Please visit www.newman.ac.uk/
variety of schools so as to gain as much experience entry for the latest information.
as possible. During the PGCE year students are
offered a variety of other experiences including Prior to interview, recent and relevant work
working in primary schools, outdoor education experience in a British state school is required.
sessions and Special Educational Needs schools We do not require a specific amount of time in
so as to further develop their skills and knowledge. school, however the quality and variety of your
personal statement is an important factor in the
You will be taught through a combination of decision whether to call you to interview.
practical sessions, lectures, seminars, workshops,
school-based experience, problem-based Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance,
learning and fieldwork. Individual development meeting the requirements for capacity to teach
will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout and General Teaching Clearance provisional
the course. Setting clear targets should ensure that registration (Suitability to Teach Declaration)
you are always aware of your own learning focus are also required. For more information visit our website:
during both Newman and school-based phases. www.newman.ac.uk
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This course provides the opportunity to • Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of
understand the importance of sport and exercise Sport and Physical Education Assessment
to the well-being of individuals and society as a • Policy and Practice in Sport and Physical Assessment will be through a range of
whole, and examine barriers to participation in Education. methods including on-line discussions, video
sport and exercise. You will be able to utilise this presentations and short answer questions,
knowledge to develop policies and strategies The Sports Science pathway includes along with more traditional essays, reports
to engage a broad cross section of society and modules in the following disciplines: and practical assessments. The culmination of
sport. Finally, you may decide to examine the the course is a dissertation based on original
teaching of sport and exercise at an advanced • Physiology of Exercise, Nutrition and Obesity research conducted in an area of interest to you
level and how surrounding factors influence it. • Current Issues and Future Directions in Sport using the research skills acquired throughout
and Exercise Psychology the course. You will receive support from a
The course is delivered through a combination • Sport Psychology: Analysis and Application. supervisor throughout the dissertation process.
of on-line materials, with face-to-face taught and
practical sessions, based at Newman, taking And finally, the Contemporary Social Issues Graduates of this course will have gained the
place over an average of 8 days per year, with pathway includes modules in the following skills and attributes to be successful in a range
the majority being at weekends. disciplines: of careers including sports development, sports
policy, applied sports science and sport for
Throughout the course you will be encouraged • Current Issues in Physical Education health programmes. It is also envisaged that
to question existing practice in the area, develop Pedagogy those involved with education will develop a
your own thoughts and propose new hypotheses • Current Issues and Future Directions in Sport wide range of knowledge and skills that will
and approaches. and Exercise Psychology be invaluable to their work. Those choosing
• Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of to enter the workplace after completing this
Sport and Physical Education course are expected to take up senior positions
• Policy and Practice in Sport and Physical in a wide range of organisations including
The course is designed around three pathways, Education. sports governing bodies, Local Authorities and
Physical Education, Sports Science and These modules may be subject to change. professional sports clubs.
Contemporary Social Issues, which will allow you
to undertake a broad range of modules whilst You will also be able to choose optional
allowing your specialist interests to be considered: modules where you can apply the knowledge Entry Requirements
and skills gained within a working environment You will need a good Honours degree (2:1
The Physical Education pathway includes or examine physical activity, health and well- or above) of which Sports or a Sports related
modules in the following disciplines: being in more detail. subject forms part and equivalent previous
experience. Please visit www.newman.ac.uk/
• Physiology of Exercise, Nutrition and Obesity entry for the latest information.
• Current Issues in Physical Education Pedagogy
For more information visit our website:
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Sport, Exercise At Newman University College, research is regarded as an integral
part of our scholarly activities, with work being undertaken across a
and Health wide range of academic and professional disciplines, and is attracting
external and internal research funding. Research links with other
Research Centre colleges and universities nationally and internationally have been
established in a number of areas.
PESS teaching staff have a wide range of research The Research Centre places particular emphasis on
interests and expertise, and this was recognised multi-disciplinary applied research topics including:
in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
when the subject area was awarded a 2* rating • Health habits and well-being of young people
of international recognition in terms of originality, and adults
significance and rigour. • The impact of social and built environment on
children’s physical activity and obesity
Newman’s commitment to research is further • Psycho-physiological aspects of sports
enhanced through the new Sport, Exercise performance
and Health Research Centre. The work of this • Training and conditioning of elite performers
Centre contributes towards the generation of high • Sports policy, management and social aspects
quality applied research of regional, national and of sport and exercise.
international significance that facilitates the work of
practitioners involved in sport, exercise and health.
The Centre’s staff engage in developing collaborative
research in partnership with the local community,
schools and third sector organisations.
The work of the Research Centre is dedicated
to advancing knowledge, impacting on the broad
fields of sport, exercise and health as well as meeting
the needs of users and interest groups. The Centre
also aims to contribute to the health and well-being of
the local community and society at large.
For more information visit our website:
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Profile “Newman has demonstrated its
serious commitment to research
by investing in the necessary
I am currently in my first year of a Sports Studies By investing in global positioning systems the
PhD at Newman University College, and my research University College has firmly placed itself at the
Sports Studies PhD student focuses on the influence of the built environment on forefront of research regarding the measurement
young people’s health and physical activity. Having of children’s physical activity and their interaction
recently completed my Sports Studies degree at with the surrounding environment. Access to such
Newman I was left with a real hunger and desire to equipment allows me to conduct meaningful and
further explore and contribute to research regarding innovative research.
children’s health and well-being. Therefore, the
opportunity presented by the studentship at I understand the high level of commitment,
Newman has ideally suited my aspirations to make a enthusiasm, independence, organisation and hard
telling and unique contribution to research, focusing work postgraduate research requires. Whilst I am
on the area I am most passionate about. confident that I have such traits, the importance of
having a good working environment and strong
The support that I have received from the staff is first academic support cannot be underestimated.
rate, both academic and personal. Newman has Hence, I wholeheartedly recommend Newman for
demonstrated its serious commitment to research by anyone looking to further their academic knowledge
investing in the necessary technology required for and research skills.
carrying out my research.
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Profile “The course at Newman allows
me to participate in a range of
sports...and learning about the
theoretical sides of them.”
After looking at various universities this course My degree comes first as something I wish to
seemed to cover a wide range of topics with achieve but I want to be able to help others and
Sports Studies differing approaches enabling myself to enhance enhance the skills I already have whilst also
BA/BSc (Hons) student my knowledge in this area of work. The approachable challenging myself. I have done this by getting
staff also helped aid my decision that Newman involved in organising events for the university
University College and its course for Sports Studies which I hadn’t done on a large scale before.
was ideal for me. It was both challenging and rewarding and
shows that if you put your mind to something,
The course at Newman allows me to participate you can achieve it.
in a range of sports I hadn’t previously tried and
learning all about the theoretical side of them. Once I have graduated I hope to start teacher
Some elements of the course require me to give training, also through Newman.
presentations to fellow peers or my tutors, which
despite being scary at first now help my confidence When I first arrived I didn’t know anyone, but
and also prepare me for future situations I may the friendly staff, Students’ Union and current
face during teaching. students made me feel at home. Within a month
I felt more than happy to call Newman my
home and really get involved with all the
events going on.
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Staff Profiles and
Dr. Paul Ryan Dr. Jonathan Smith Elizabeth Plummer
Head of PESS Senior Lecturer in PESS PGCE Programme Leader
MA/MSc Programme Leader
• The impact and interaction of stakeholders in policy communities • Examining the impact of significant others on the motivational • Delivery of physical activity and PE in South Africa
(in particular elite sport) climate created in individual sports • Teacher training delivery in the UK compared to South Africa.
• The role and impact of stakeholders. • Investigating the influence of psychological skills training on
performance and participation in sport.
Prof. Yahya Al-Nakeeb Sports Development and Facilities Manager
Director of Research Dr. Lorayne Woodfield
Senior Lecturer in PESS
• Coaching and leadership in sport
• Psycho-physiological aspects of human performance • Sport psychology
• Exercise, health and well-being of children • Young people’s physical activity • Rugby.
• Lifestyle, health habits and environmental factors • Attitudes towards physical education
• Research development and quality assurance • Health related fitness.
• Health-promoting physical activity. Ibrahim Akubat
Lecturer in PESS
Dr. Tony Myers Lecturer in PESS
Senior Lecturer in PESS
• Team sports physiology
• Training load monitoring in team sports
• Mega-events and the sporting impact of London 2012 for • Fitness testing and training in elite athletes.
• Officiating in sport Birmingham
• Applied sport psychology interventions • Volunteer management.
• Muay Thai
• The use of hypnosis in sports and exercise settings.
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EXPECT TO ACHIEVE
and Sports Studies
Contact the School Office for more
information on any of the programmes
detailed in this brochure.
T: 0121 476 1181