Linking theory and practice in sport and exercise placements


  • Sport and Exercise Sciences BSc (Hons)


Year Two

20 Credits

The aim of this module is to enable students to work alongside (assist) established professionals in real-life professional environments in order to:

a) develop an in-depth understanding of relevant career pathways and the requirements/expectations of the selected fields;
b) enhance their communication, interpersonal and other work-related and personal skills;
c) use qualitative research techniques to identify areas for development in the volunteering context; and
d) make effective, appropriate recommendations based on research-based knowledge to enhance practice. This experience is also expected to improve students’ employability prospects.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Use qualitative research techniques to analyse the selected organisation’s cultures, structures and policies and explore the key areas for improvement in effective professional practice
  • Synthesise theoretical and practical (personal) knowledge to develop evidence-based understandings of, and recommendations for, effective professional practice
  • Communicate their recommendations in an appropriate, accessible format for their host organisation. 


  1. Summary of identified “issues” in own volunteering context (500 words), supported by interview schedule and annotated thematic map and transcript.
  2. Accessible summary of research-based practice recommendations, supported by five “most relevant” research papers and updated summary of identified issues.