Course introduction

This qualification aims to provide you with the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding relating to the sport and physical activity sector, in areas such as exercise, health and lifestyle and preparing for a career in sport. These can be applied to your current or future aspirations of higher education or employment in a variety of roles. The content has been developed with employers, subject experts and tutors to ensure that it’s relevant.

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Starting: September 2020

Key skills you’ll learn

While completing these qualifications, you may develop the knowledge, understanding and essential skills employers look for in employees. These range from familiar ‘key skills’ such as team working, independent learning and problem solving, to more tricky-to-measure skills such as:

  • an appreciation for appropriate behaviour and dress
  • appropriate interpersonal skills
  • supporting other aspiring employees
  • personal manners and deportment
  • communicating with professional colleagues/peers and/or hierarchical seniors
  • understanding work practices and how different roles and departments function within an organisation

Course information & pathways

This qualification has 1080 guided learning hours (GLH) and the total qualification time is 1260. The qualification is designed as part of a 2 year programme, usually in combination with other qualifications to support your aspirations.

This qualification is particularly appropriate if you have an interest in progressing to a career in the sector, but also aids progression into an Apprenticeship or into higher level studies.

You will choose from one of the 4 pathways:

  • Sport and exercise science
  • Outdoors
  • Working in sport and leisure
  • Sports coaching

You’ll complete 3 mandatory units then choose 15 optional units to complete, depending on your personal interest or career aspirations.

Units covered

Mandatory units

  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Preparing for a Career in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology

Optional units

  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Laboratory and Field Based Experiment Methods
  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Practical Individual Sports
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport
  • The Athlete’s Lifestyle
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Coaching
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Ethics and Values in Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Massage
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Work Experience in Sport

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