Graduates from the Northumbria University Tennis Coaching Management Degree
The BSc Hons Professional Practice in Tennis Coaching Management enables students from the tennis coaching profession to undertake a flexible programme in higher education. The course is designed around modules of work-based learning to do with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be needed to develop tennis coaching management practice learning.
The main aim of the programme is to provide a basis for career development through the sport coaching profession within the sport of tennis. The primary emphasis is on developing a critical understanding of sport management, business and administration through the examination of underpinning theories, models, concepts and research skills which are pertinent to the coaching management process
The LTA and Northumbria University have worked in partnership to develop an opportunity for tennis coaches to work towards a degree in Tennis Coaching Management.
Tennis Coaching Management is made up of the following elements:
The dates you will be required to attend are:
• If you are a minimum of a Level 3 coach and are Licenced you are eligible to apply.
• The starting point is to complete the application form with as much information on your management experience as possible to support your application.
• Return the application by the closing date to email@example.com The closing date for applications is 1st July 2013.
• The application forms are then processed by the University who will assess your previous experience and determine which entry level to the programme you will start at.
• The level you start at will be emailed to you with confirmation of your place on the programme.
• The learning programme is based mainly on a distance learning model and you will only need to attend 4 days of modules together with 2 half-day support sessions delivered by Northumbria University at the National Tennis Centre.
• On the 4 days of delivery the whole programme will be explained to you, including the assignments you will need to complete and the deadlines for completion. You will also be given log-in details for the learning portal at Northumbria University, access to their library (they post the books out to you), a message board and a set tutor chat time.
• The work you submit to the University needs to be completed to the level of the degree you are on; this will be explained more on the 4 days of delivery.
• The amount of time it takes to complete the assignments will vary from coach to coach, however please ensure you have enough time to complete them to a high level.
• Payment for the course will only be taken when your place has been confirmed.
Level 5.5 – this equates to the second half of the second year of a full time degree programme. Successful completion at this level will lead to a University Diploma in Tennis Coaching Management.
Level 6 – this equates to the first half of the last year of a full time degree programme. Successful completion at this level will lead to a University Diploma in Tennis Coaching Management.
A coach starting at Level 5.5 will need to successfully complete 3 complete blocks of learning with the University to achieve the BSc Hons Professional Practice in Tennis Coaching Management.
A coach starting at Level 6 will need to successfully complete 2 complete blocks of learning with the University to achieve the BSc Hons Professional Practice in Tennis Coaching Management.
• Coaches have 5 years to complete the blocks of study to gain the BSc Hons degree or may complete a block of learning and achieve the diploma or advanced diploma.
• If you have already undertaken academic study and have achieved academic credit or a recognised award at the level at which students are now studying, within the last 5 years, you may be able to be granted exemptions from one or more of the modules of this programme through APL - Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning.
• Similarly if students have a robust experiential background in relevant areas that would equate to the academic level at which they are now studying, the student may be able to have previous experiential learning accredited through APEL Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning. Normally APL/APEL should be claimed at the commencement of the learning programme.
The Northumbria modules will be delivered at the National Tennis Centre, Roehampton and are the only days of contact time for the programme. The remaining work for the diploma or advanced diploma will involve assessed projects and distance learning through Northumbria Universities learning portal.
On submission of your application form Northumbria University will assess the level you will start your academic studies at. Those coaches taking the Senior Club Coach Qualification will usually work towards the University Diploma in Tennis Coaching Management, those coaches taking the Master Club Coach Qualification will usually work towards the University Advanced Diploma in Tennis Coaching Management.
This opportunity is also open to coaches who already hold the NL1/DCA/CC/PC/Coach/MCC/CCA/PCA/TDA qualifications.
The cost of the programme of work to achieve the diploma or advanced diploma is £1,600.
• Understand the conceptual framework which underpins sport management.
• Equip the student with an understanding of developing sport business and administration structures.
• Provide a focus on the application of theory to real world coaching management practice through the work based learning approach.
• Provide students with a range of professional skills of significance in the sport coaching profession.
• Educate students in a range of management competencies related to the requirements of the UK Coaching Certificate and Coaching Framework for sport coaches.
• Provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in designing, conducting, analysing and reporting research through project based work.
• Provide the foundation for career development and progression in the sport coaching domain.
Congratulations to Alex Harkins and Luke Taylor who have graduated with the full BSc Hons Preferred Practice Degree in Tennis Coaching Management.
Further congratulations to Abbie Lench, Alison McDonald, Oliver Meagre, Mark McGrath, Hollie Bambridge and David Gill who graduated with an Advanced Diploma Preferred Practice Degree in Tennis Coaching Management and will continuing their studies to achieve the full degree next year.