University of Wolverhampton

The University of Wolverhampton is a large UK university based in the West Midlands, offering undergraduate degrees and postgraduate courses across 2 faculties. The University has been providing students with the opportunities presented by a first-class education for over 180 years. With over 500 courses to choose from delivered across our 18 schools and institute, the University's attractive offering to students from around the world includes 90% graduate employability (Destination of Leavers of Higher Education survey 2016), teaching informed by world-leading research, strong business links, and state-of-the-art facilities. 

Key contacts for enquiry

Julian Smith
Deputy Director of the Institute of Sport and Head of Curriculum Delivery
julian.smith@wlv.ac.uk 

Associated courses

BA (Hons) Sports Studies and Development

This course has been especially designed to equip you with the necessary experience and skills to enter a variety of sports careers. You will learn about and prepare for work in many different areas within sport including the sport development industry, national sports orgnaisations (such as Sport England, Sporting Equals and UK Sport), sport governing bodies, local county sports partnerships (such as the Black Country Consortium), schools and colleges; research centres and academic institutions. 

One of the key features of the course is the wide range of real world assessments. You get to plan, organise and deliver a sports event gaining valuable real world industry experience. You will also evaluate sports initiatives, write funding bids, prepare practical sessions for different populations (including yout, disabled, older people, obese people), learn how to research different populations and learn about issues relating to working in elite level sport. 

Module content and assessments are linked to the work of local and national sports organisations. We have partnerships with a number of local colleges and you will get the opportunity to plan and deliver practical sessions to real students in both lectures and other outreach events delivered by the University such as SportFest and This Girl Will. You will have the opportunity to work with a range of organisations including Street Games, Youth Zone and West Midlands Police Community partnerships team. 

Our industry links and contemporary curriculum will help you to develop the mind-set, skillset and behaviours required to succeed during and after this dynamic course. 

BA (Hons) Physical Education

This course is ideal if you wish to proceed to a PGCCE or School Direct with a subject specialism in Physical Education (PE). The aim of this degree is to equip you with the applied practical skills and teaching skills required to pursue a career in education. 

You will study applied practical skills, child development and work-based practice, ultimately providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to teach PE. You will also study current issues in education, how children learn and develop, and how to plan and deliver practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills within a range of sports and physical activities, enabling you to examine the place of PE within the school curriculum. 

BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health

The BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health course prepares you for a wide variety of careers in exercise and health promotion, and the wider health and fitness industry. Many graduates set up their own business or enter the teaching profession. For those already working in exercise and health promotion or the wider health and fitness industry, the course has a strong clinical focus helping you to develop additional skills related to working with clinical populations.

The additional qualifications that you will gain alongside your degree are the REPs L2 Gym Instructor, L3 Personal Trainer and L3 GP Referral awards. You will develop expertise in a range of issues relating to personal training including nutrition, anatomy, advanced training techniques, and designing/delivering personal training sessions.

While you study the GP Referral qualification you will explore a wide range of chronic and lifestyle diseases/conditions, their cause and development and approaches for successful intervention. You will learn about the Exercise Referral Scheme and the role of the Department of Health and National Health Service.

You will learn about:

  • how to promote physical activity and health
  • behaviour change and management
  • health and lifestyle screening and fitness testing
  • how to plan, deliver and evaluate an exercise prescription
  • As well as how to rehabilitate people with conditions such as:
  • orthopaedic diseases arthritis and osteoporosis
  • cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and coronary heart disease
  • metabolic diseases such as diabetes
  • pulmonary diseases such as asthma
  • raised cholesterol and obesity
  • and many other common conditions.

On completion of the BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health you will therefore benefit from both a degree, and additional qualifications that are recognised within the health and fitness industry.

BSc (Hons) Strength and Conditioning

Strength & Conditioning (S&C) is the application of various sport and exercise sciences, which has at its heart the preparation of sports people for their varied and distinct activity needs. If you want to work with sports people to help them develop their readiness for sport or regain condition after a lay off or injury, this course is for you. S&C coaches work alongside a sports coach to assist in designing specific programmes that will address the particular needs of the athlete, team and sport. S&C is therefore about more than lifting weights - it encompasses the entire development of the athlete and what is needed to improve physical performance. This new and exciting course will develop your skills in applying physiology, biomechanics, psychology and aspects of sports medicine to the safe and effective planning and delivery of strength and conditioning sessions for both individual athletes and groups of performers from a variety of sports. You will have access to a wide range of outstanding sports facilities and sports science laboratories, in addition to the state of the art strength & conditioning suite within the British Judo Centre of Excellence on the Walsall Campus.

The additional qualifications that you will gain alongside your degree are the REPs L2 Gym Instructor and L3 Personal Trainer. You will develop expertise in a range of issues relating to personal training including nutrition, anatomy, advanced training techniques, and designing/delivering personal training sessions. On completion of the BSc (Hons) Strength & Conditioning you will therefore benefit from both a degree, and additional qualifications that are recognised within the health and fitness industry.

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice course aims to produce graduates who are both competent and confident coaches but also able to apply a range of scientific and ‘teaching’ skills to their coaching. The course delivers a healthy mix of both practical and theoretical techniques needed for the science and practice of coaching. You will be encouraged to coach both peers and external participants and have opportunities to take NGB coaching awards. Our strong links with sports organisations and employers mean there will be opportunities for coaching work-experience throughout the course, developing skills to meet the real-life needs of sports people across a range of ages, level of performance and sports settings.

In addition, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and attributes to work independently and as part of a team within the coaching profession and allow for employment opportunities in a wide range of other sport-related and graduate level careers. You will have the opportunity to explore global coaching issues, and be encouraged to utilise a range of learning, teaching and sports science technologies.

Two exciting additional ‘routes’ have been added to this degree meaning that you can choose to focus your coaching studies on either football or martial arts if you wish. These two routes will allow students to develop coaching skills and understanding in relation to their chosen sport. Specialist modules such as ‘Performance Analysis in Football’ and ‘Ethics in Football Coaching’ for football and ‘Starting a Martial Arts Business’ add some sport-specific knowledge and applied skills. There will also be placement opportunities specific to these two routes provided by our partner organisations.

BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice (Football)

The BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching Practice course, in association with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and West Bromwich Albion FC, aims to produce graduates who are both competent and confident coaches but also able to apply a range of scientific and ‘teaching’ skills to their coaching. The course delivers a healthy mix of both practical and theoretical techniques needed for the science and practice of coaching. You will be encouraged to coach both peers and external participants and have opportunities to take NGB coaching awards. Our strong links with sports organisations and employers mean there will be opportunities for coaching work-experience throughout the course, developing skills to meet the real-life needs of sports people across a range of ages, level of performance and sports settings.

In addition, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and attributes to work independently and as part of a team within the coaching profession and allow for employment opportunities in a wide range of other sport-related and graduate level careers. You will have the opportunity to explore global coaching issues, and be encouraged to utilise a range of learning, teaching and sports science technologies.

The football route means that you can choose to focus your coaching studies on football allowing you to develop coaching skills and understanding in relation to this sport. Specialist modules such as ‘Performance Analysis in Football’ and ‘Ethics in Football Coaching’ for football add some sport-specific knowledge and applied skills. There will also be placement opportunities specific to these two routes provided by our partner organisations.

MRes Sport and Exercise

The MRes Sport & Exercise course aims to develop you as a researcher and reflective, evidence-based practitioner within your specialist area of sport, exercise or coaching. There is an emphasis on student-led research and modules focused on the application of research within both laboratory and applied settings.

You will develop advanced research skills including laboratory and applied techniques, problem-solving, reflective practice and the ability to critically analyse, interpret and apply evidence. You will be supported by a supervisor throughout your studies to develop your research skills and their application, and in identifying how your professional profile can be best applied within a changing vocational market.

The MRes is available in:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Coaching
  • Physical Activity, Exercise and Health

with supervision in the above subject areas being matched to available staff expertise.