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Department of Sports, Coaching and Physical Education


Bachelor of Sports, Coaching and Physical Education - BSc (Hons)

Description of the Sports Coaching and Physical Education Programme

The BSc Sports Coaching and Physical Education offered in partnership with the University of Sunderland delves into a wide range of disciplines that study the relationship between the human body and exercise. It focuses on basic theories and concepts of Physiology, Biokinetics, Psychology and Coaching, and their role in improving athletic performance in individual and team sports. In addition to the theoretical approach, students are taught practical training methods and techniques to enhance sports performance parameters. Graduates of the degree thus acquire the necessary theoretical and practical background, as well as the skills, which will help them in the future to contribute to the rapidly evolving Sports Industry.

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Course structure

The Sports Coaching and Physical Education Programme in Thessaloniki at DEI College can be completed in 3 years of full-time study or in 6 years of part-time study. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, application courses, group work and research. Assessment methods also include assignments, research, presentations, and written examinations.

  • Academic and Professional Development
    Develop essential skills for academic success and future employability. Increase your awareness and understanding of the processes involved in learning and professional development for continued lifelong learning. Raise awareness of the profession you aspire to follow and the career opportunities for a long and rewarding career. Gain an industry-recognised qualifications in education, exercise, sports massage or a first aid qualification developed to current government standards so as to provide relevant experience for students wishing to access post graduate employment opportunities within the Health and Fitness or Sport and Rehabilitation Therapy sector.

  • Introduction to Coaching Leadership
    Learn about the coaching process and the different leadership/coaching styles and how they impact on the coaching process. Design an effective sports coaching session as part of a group and deliver an inclusive, safe and clear coaching session tailored to the needs of participants ensuring their welfare needs are met within the scope of practice.

  • Theory and Practice of Physical Education 1
    Students will take part in a series of classroom sessions that focus on contemporary practice and pedagogical foundations, which will equip them with core knowledge of transition from primary physical education. Examples of current contemporary practice in the field that will be addressed include, child safeguarding, child protection, lesson planning, the National Curriculum for Physical Education and Physical Literacy. Students will also learn to apply core principles through a series of practical sessions. They will learn to deliver activities appropriate for primary school aged children including, fundamental movements, ball games, dance, striking and fielding and outdoor adventure activities (Team Work).

  • Sport and Health in the Community
    Sport is a huge cultural practice, with connections to (among other things) community, environment, finance, media (traditional and new), celebrity, the law, social attitudes, globalization, politics, inequality and problems of discrimination. This module examines sport’s connections with issues such as those and illustrates how sport is both continuous with the rest of society and a ‘social world’. Students are invited, with the help of theoretical concepts and a wide range of writers, to consider the increasingly complex world of sport and its organic connections with the rest of society.

  • Introduction to Motor Skills & Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Develop your knowledge of the principles of sport and exercise psychology and motor skill acquisition and how they can be applied in the context of health-related physical activity/exercise and sport performance. Participate in sport/exercise practical activities to examine psychological constructs and their relationship with health-related physical activity/exercise and sport performance. Established theories of motor skill acquisition are examined and methods of guidance in developing motor skills are introduced.

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Physiology and Movement Analysis
    Explore human physiology, anatomy, and biomechanics at rest and during exercise. Learn about the structure and function of each of the body systems to develop theoretical and practical knowledge of the anatomy of the human body. Use anatomical models, images, and other media to identify individual structures and then apply palpation techniques to locate on real human subjects. Explore changes in systems in response to exercise and the physiological adaptations to different types of exercise. Develop your understanding of the principles of biomechanics through a review of the basic mechanics and the way in which the fundamental laws of mechanics can be applied to understand and evaluate human movement. This is supported by further development of anatomical principles including range of motion and injury prevention through conditioning of body structure.
  • Research and Professional Development

    Appreciate the fundamental issues in research design and analysis, together with gaining practical work-related experience either through a work-based placement and/or completion of further continual professional development (CPD), for example, a relevant external qualification (or training) in personal training, sports massage or equivalent. Explore the theoretical foundations and gain practical experience in research and scientific investigation. Develop knowledge around the research process and learn how to construct an investigation from an initial idea or research question, to the point of completing and presenting the study. The module will present the basic principles of both quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and will enable students to apply the most appropriate research skills in order to undertake their own investigations.

  • Theory and Practice of Sports Coaching

    Critically discuss long term athlete development and appraise the coach athlete relationship and its impact on performance. Appraise and discuss pedagogic practices including methods and processes. Apply principles of planning and time management in the planning, production and delivery of videoed and live coaching sessions. Plan and prepare an inclusive, safe and effective videoed and live coaching session tailored to the needs of a range of participants within the scope of practice. Reflect on effective videoed and live coaching sessions for a target audience.

  • Theory and Practice of Physical Education 2

    Students will take part in a series of classroom sessions where they will extend their knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues and age-appropriate pedagogical strategies relevant for secondary Physical Education. Examples of current contemporary issues in the field that will be addressed within the module include, lesson planning, assessment, and holistic child development. Trainees will take part in a series of practical sessions where they will be expected to extend their ability to apply an increased range of pedagogical knowledge and skills to deliver activities appropriate for secondary school aged pupils. Examples of current practical sessions include, football (with a focus on games-based delivery coupled with use of appropriate teaching styles), other ball games (including basketball) with a focus on ‘Teaching Games for Understanding’ through enhanced delivery, dance, gymnastics (from the perspective of Key Stage 3) and outdoor adventure activities (rock climbing).

  • Pedagogy and Practice

    Students will take part in a series of classroom sessions where they will extend their knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues and age-appropriate pedagogical strategies relevant for coaching/teaching children. Module content may change between academic years based on changes to the secondary education and sports coaching landscape. Examples of current contemporary issues in the field that will be addressed within the module include, the teaching standard, the coaching standards, holistic child development, and government policies.

  • Biomechanical Analysis of Human Movement

    Appraise the advantages and limitations of biomechanical instrumentation for technique observation, review and analysis of human movement. Relate how the static and dynamic forces are exerted on the human body. Question how the body moves and the techniques involved in performing sport and exercise activities. Demonstrate an ability to collate experimental evidence and highlight conclusions and limitations of biomechanical experimentation. Examine using instrumentation, key biomechanical characteristics in sport and exercise biomechanics. Analyse and present in a scientific report a laboratory investigation on key biomechanical characteristics of sport and exercise in humans. Identify and analyse key movement patterns occurring during sport performance and physical activities through application of motion capture techniques.

  • Physiology of Fitness and Training

    Students will explore the following areas from a theoretical and / or practical perspective:

    • Measurement issues in sport and exercise physiology relating to both the subject and quality of data.
    • Physiological testing modalities in sport and exercise physiology including the assessment of strength, power, flexibility, body composition, aerobic and anaerobic capacity and speed.
    • Submaximal markers of exercise intensity including heart rate, RPE and blood lactate.
    • Understand the physiology underpinning modern training techniques and adaptations to training, for example:
    • Aerobic/anaerobic training
    • Plyometrics/resistance training
    • Speed, agility and quickness training
  • Dissertation

    Plan, organize and deliver project-based outcomes within the specified time period. Adopt a systematic process to search for, and critically review, published literature, to identify gaps in current knowledge and formulate a well-defined research question. Design a feasible research study with due consideration for methodological, legal and ethical considerations. Accurately select and apply a range of data analysis techniques, relevant to the methodological approach and research study outcome data. Present study outcome data clearly and effectively. Critique and discuss outcome data from a small research study clearly and effectively in the context of existing research evidence, study limitations and practical importance. Reflect on your personal research journey.

  • Adaptive Physical Activity

    Critically discuss the term Adaptive Physical Activity and related theories. Explore adaptation to physical activity provision for Disabled People. Plan, implement and evaluate a physical activity programme for Disabled People taken into consideration current legislation and policy for Disabled people in sport and PE. Examine sport structures and organisations for disabled people in the UK.

  • Developing Excellence in Sports Coaching

    Students will develop the ability to critically review and appraise the differences and similarities in knowledge, skills, and vocational opportunities that underpin the professional development of coaches working with performers of 16 years and above. This module is designed to extend theoretical knowledge into practice with respect to the concepts of pedagogy, philosophy and training. Students will analyse underpinning principles which are considered to underpin students’ abilities to appraise and evaluate appropriate pedagogic practices in a subject specific physical activity setting that is relevant to the professional development of coaches. The module aims to promote understanding and practice of coaching principles and enable students to apply and infer key coaching skills and methodologies within a range of sport contexts and situations. In addition, the module provides students with knowledge of the specific training requirements of individual and/or team sports and to equip students with the ability to evaluate the underpinning theoretical knowledge to modern training methods. This module is designed to give students the opportunity to undertake practical coaching activities as an individual within their peer group. The requirements needed for effective sports coaching sessions will be linked to practical coaching activities, with a focus on the planning and undertaking of effective sports coaching sessions. The concept of self-reflection will also be addressed to infer future planning of sessions.

  • Theory and Practice of Physical Education 3

    This professionally based module will develop your classroom-based knowledge and delivery skills in relation to vocational and academic qualifications in the 14-18 physical education and sport curriculum. It will also expand and develop the knowledge and skills you gained in Level 5. You will review the current 14-18 physical education curriculum, taken from a range of awarding bodies (e.g. AQA, Edexcel and OCR). You will plan and implement a component of a classroom-based lesson, selecting from the range of curriculum content available. This practical aspect of the module provides you the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to classroom situations. Furthermore, you will produce and deliver a practical lesson aimed at 14–18-year old’s. The practical is aimed at best preparing you for planning and delivering practical PE lessons in accordance with the Key Stage 4 and 5 National Curriculum for Physical Education.

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology

    Critically evaluate physiological protocols and the impact of various acute and chronic interventions on health, well-being and performance in athletes and the wider population. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key physiological mechanisms that underpin acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise and sport science. Implement a robust scientific study to assess the impact of an intervention on health and performance, for an athlete or recreationally active individual. Critically select and use appropriately, a range of physiological protocols and equipment, and effectively communicate research outcomes from a scientific study. Critically review academic research.

  • Exercise & Diet Behaviour Change

    Psychological issues in physical activity promotion and intervention will be considered within a multi-level framework. This will include an appraisal of behaviour change strategies used by health professionals to manage and support adoption and maintenance of exercise and diet behaviour with an individual or groups and also an evaluation of intervention strategies targeting specific populations and the general public. Topic will include:

    • Communication style and skills that promote and support lifestyle change
    • Person-centred empathetic approach to understand client goals and barriers
    • Models of behaviour change and related constructs.
    • Behaviour change techniques
    • Theories of physical activity motivation

Why should I choose the Sports Coaching and Physical Education Programme at DEI College, Thessaloniki?

  • Obtaining a competitive degree 
  • Recognized study programme by the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom
  • Practical experience in state-of-the-art sports centers and workshops
  • Possibility of full-time or part-time study, depending on the needs and abilities  of each student
  • A modern, interdisciplinary programme in the field of sports science, with an emphasis on coaching, that perfectly meets the needs of the evolving sports industry
  • Constantly updated curriculum, which is in line with the needs of the market
  • Εxplore the science that directly contributes to the performance of the world’s top professional athletes
  • Multidimensional scientific knowledge related to the functioning mechanisms of the human body and the effect of exercise on them
  • Specialization in the design and implementation of integrated training programs
  • Develop skills in the areas of gathering information and evaluating data related to sports performance
  • Possibility of free English language learning
  • Fully English-language programme that facilitates career prospects abroad

Career Opportunities

The University of Sunderland is one of the leading Universities in the United Kingdom in terms of the employability of its students. Upon successful completion of the BSc Sports Coaching and Physical Education course, graduates have acquired the fundamental and specific knowledge required to start a successful career in Sports. Graduates of the programme are employed in education, as independent personal trainers, as professional fitness coaches in sports clubs and teams, as trainers in gyms, private or municipal sports centers, in rehabilitation centers and in many other professional environments related to sports and health.

Academic Staff

The academic staff of DEI College consists of experienced instructors with high educational and professional qualifications. Their professional involvement in this field encourages students to develop their critical thinking so that they can create their own new career opportunities, while at the same time they can meet the challenges of the field. The academic staff’s specialization in global issues and trends, such as competition of demand, strategic planning, quality of services and knowledge of the subject, offers ideal help for the students’ future development.

Programme Summary Information:

Classes start: October

Language of instruction: English

Free English lessons start intensively in early September with 6 teaching hours per week and continue throughout the year with 2 hours per week.

Registration documents

-High school diploma

-ID Card

-English Language Degree (if available)

-College Registration Application (to be completed at the College or Online)

Are you interested in a successful career in the field of Sports Coaching and Physical Education?

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