ULSTER UNIVERSITY

Sport and Exercise Sciences

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   Yes

This programme allows you to use a scientific approach to analyse performance in sport and exercise and to develop academic and professional skills which you can use to find employment in this expanding field. Science subjects studied include physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition.

Programme description

This programme allows you to use a scientific approach to analyse performance in sport and exercise and to develop academic and professional skills which you can use to find employment in this expanding field. Science subjects studied include physiology, biomechanics, psychology and nutrition.

Key Modules

Career Destination Statistics indicate a significant number of sports graduates go on to study the PGCE in Physical Education, while a further 5 – 10% pursue other postgraduate qualifications both at the University of Ulster and at other institutions in the UK and abroad. A growing number of graduates gain employment in the leisure industry, with a significant proportion of each cohort embarking on careers in areas unrelated to sport. The extensive placement programme allows the course team to remain in touch with the needs of employers. Students completing this programme would be equipped to undertake postgraduate study on a growing number of taught MSc's in the sport and exercise sciences. Opportunities for MPhil/DPhil level studies may be available for those who demonstrate the requisite abilities.

Module & Subject

Year one
Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development
Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module provides opportunities to learn in an interprofessional context. Students will acquire skills for both academic and practice based learning. It will provide them with an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills on issues relating to professional practice and personal development within a supportive environment.

 

Knowledge and Skills for Personal & Professional Development 2
Year: 1

Status: C

 

This inter-professional module introduces students to the key concepts in health communication and health psychology that are necessary for effective practice as a health professional. The module is delivered primarily through online activities which students complete independently and using group work.

 

Biological Sciences
Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module provides students with the fundamental understanding of human anatomy, physiology and physics of sound to enable subsequent learning on communication and swallowing disorders.

 

Developmental Clinical Linguistics
Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module will enable the student to develop an understanding of a range of communication-driven difficulties in children. The student will draw on their background knowledge of developmental foundations, linguistics and anatomy and physiology, as this applies to the communication needs of children. Students will apply their knowledge of linguistics, developmental foundations, anatomy and physiology from semester one to the analysis and interpretation of clinical data and in using this data to consider appropriate evidence-based management for children with SLCN.

 

Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module enables the student to develop a sound knowledge of good practice for planning and delivering an appropriate service to children with speech, language and communication (SLC) and eating, drinking and swallowing (EDS) needs associated with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Intellectual Disability and other conditions such as Hearing Impairment and Cleft Palate and/or Velopharyngeal Dysfunction.

This module enables students to see how children actively contribute and shape their own development through meaningful interaction with others and how the study of atypical development and individual difference contributes to theory and practice. The health and educational settings within which assessment, diagnosis and intervention takes place forms the context for learning and teaching in this module.

 

Linguistics for Speech and Language Therapists
Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module aims to introduce and develop the skills of the SLT student in the area of linguistic transcription and analysis with particular consideration of communication difficulties. Through practical and experiential learning opportunities the student will develop the core skills essential for gathering linguistic data to facilitate deductive and analytical thinking in this area.

 

Developmental Foundations
Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module aims to provide students with the appropriate background knowledge and understanding of the range of developmental parameters of the typically developing child and young person, as they become a competent communicator, including early feeding skills. Such knowledge and understanding will contribute to the student's ability to make informed judgements and reason clinically about atypical development in feeding and communication.

 

Professional Practice 1
Year: 1

Status: C

 

This module is the students' first practice placement. Following their observation sessions prior to semester two and their subsequent preparation for placement sessions, they will be supported to participate in all aspects of practice with children who have a range of SLCNs and EDS needs, under the direct guidance of a Practice Educator during the block placement. Students will be expected to draw from all previous and current modules, as appropriate to the SLC and EDS needs of their caseload. By the end of the placement, they will expected to demonstrate a range of basic professional and practice competencies which can be transferred to subsequent placements.

 

Year two
Research Methods
Year: 2

Status: C

 

The module provides a foundation of knowledge and skills for using research evidence to inform practice and for designing and conducting research and clinical audit post-registration. The focus is on research design and qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for healthcare research. A series of lectures and workshops provide theoretical knowledge and practical experience of research activities including data analysis.

 

Neuroscience
Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module aims to develop students' knowledge and intellectual curiosity about contemporary neuroscience as it impacts on Speech and Language Therapy. Students will be able to read papers in this area with an appreciation of the methods of investigations, while examining the complex relationship between neural organisation, cognitive functioning and behaviour.

 

Enhancing Participation: Acquired Neurology 1
Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module provides SLT students with an understanding of communication and swallowing needs in adult populations, focusing on the client's experience, presenting features of communication and swallowing disorders, and the SLT's role at each stage. It develops students' knowledge of neuropathology related to specific conditions, clinical skills in analysis and reporting of clinical data, in order to assess and reach a working diagnosis.

 

Vocal Health
Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module provides speech and language therapy students with theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for the evaluation and management of voice disorders.

 

Advanced Clinical Linguistics
Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module focusses on the use of linguistics as a clinical tool for speech and language therapists. The module provides insight into core linguistic concepts, psycholinguistic models and an introduction to the linguistic tools that may be exploited in clinical contexts. Students are encouraged to develop and refine their analytical skills through inquiry-based and problem-based learning methods.

 

A Focus on Fluency
Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module provides the student with the appropriate knowledge, understanding and critical evaluation skills to assess, diagnose and manage children and adults with disorders of fluency. The module will encourage the student to evaluate and reflect on various assessment and treatment options, taking on board the wider context, to ensure that management of clients with disorders of fluency is evidenced based, effective and user focused. Teaching methods include lectures which incorporate a practical slant to enable application of theory to practice.

 

Enhancing Participation: Acquired Neurology 2
Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module builds on Speech and Language Therapy students' knowledge of adult clinical populations and develops their understanding of the principles and practices of speech and language therapy in these populations. It provides the foundation for students' development of professional skills that they will apply in their placement module.

 

Professional Practice 2
Year: 2

Status: C

 

This module allows the student to apply academic knowledge to the clinical situation with a range of Adults in a variety of clinical settings integrating theory through case based learning. It allows students to develop their clinical effectiveness and professionalism with adults with communication and swallowing needs.

 

Year three
Evidence-based practice
Year: 3

Status: C

The module provides experience of critically reviewing evidence to inform practice and knowledge and skills for designing and conducting research and clinical audit post-registration. The focus is on research design and qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate for healthcare research. A series of lectures and workshops provide theoretical knowledge and practical experience of research activities including data analysis. Each student will have an opportunity to undertake an extended research activity.

Advanced Management: Adult
Year: 3

Status: C

 

This module builds on previous learning to give students a current understanding of the evidence and issues pertaining to speech and language therapy practice in the areas of acquired neurological disorder and voice. It equips them with the skills to evaluate evidence in these areas and apply it to practice.

 

Advanced Management: Children and Young People
Year: 3

Status: C

 

This final year module focuses on fostering evidence-based understanding of the current issues in disorders of speech, language, communication and eating, drinking and swallowing needs in children and young people. The broader perspectives of the provision of evidence-based services, collaborative working, service user focus and efficacy of management will be advanced.

 

Professional Practice 3
Year: 3

Status: C

 

This module supports students to advance their clinical effectiveness, diagnostic skills and professionalism through practice placement. It encourages them to reflect on their level of independence in preparation for clinical block placement in semester 2 and ultimately independent clinical practice.

 

Professional Practice 4
Year: 3

Status: C

 

This module allows the student to apply academic knowledge to the clinical situation with a range of Child Groups in a variety of clinical settings. It allows students to advance their clinical effectiveness and professionalism to a level of competence for independent practice as a Speech & Language Therapist. It encourages the student to recognise and apply evidence based practice.

 

Professional Development & Employability
Year: 3

Status: C

 

This module allows the student to evaluate their clinical thinking, skills and professionalism in preparation for the work environment and continuous professional development.

 

 

Entry Requirements

A level:

The A Level requirement for this course is AAB to include a grade A from one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, PE, Physics, Sports Studies, Sport Science & Leisure Industry or Double Award Applied Science (grade AB).

Access to Higher Education (HE):

Overall Access profile pass with an overall mark of 70% in each level three module. To include two level three modules from the following: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education, Psychology or Sport Studies. NICATS Maths (25 credits) or Maths 1 and 2 or GCSE grade C Maths.

GCSE:

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

  • English language requirements for international applicants
    The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
  • Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

 

Foundation Campus
Pathway Foundation Campus: BANGOR UNIVERSITY Bangor
Course Option
Course Duration: 4 years
Course Fee:  13680.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Jordanstown campus, Ulster University, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim BT37 0QB, United Kingdom
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER