Sport and Physical Activity

The Sport and Physical Activity course has a wide ranging set of modules that allow students to explore how to teach and the coaching styles needed for wide range of sporting and physical activity settings; from elite level sport to educating primary school children in physical movement, to those completely disengaged in physical activity and sport. We explore public policy alongside the psychology and physiology of engaging and developing this vast range of abilities. You will be expected to plan, deliver and execute a range of coaching and activity sessions to further develop your skills. It is suited to those looking at a career in Sports Development teaching or facilitating sports and physical activity participation.

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Ext Dip

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What will I study?

You will be studying a range of modules from anatomy and physiology through to contemporary issues in sport. This broad base of modules allows the student to explore the vast array of potential career opportuntities in the sporting sector and how they interact with each other. The course is a significant change to GCSE study with theoretical knowledge paramount in the structure of the course.

These new and exciting theoretical aspects are studied and learnt in a practical manner, which include designing and partaking in your own training regime through to looking and making the main parts of a nutritionally balanced meal and delivering coaching sessions to primary school children.

Four of the units that are studied over the two years will be externally assessed (ie Exam, controlled assessment etc)

There are a diverse range of units including:

  • Body Systems (Externally Assessed)
  • Sports Organisation and Development (externally assessed)
  • Working Safely in Sport (Externally assessed)
  • The Business of Sport (Externally assessed)
  • Sports Coaching and Leadership
  • Performance analysis
  • Group Exercise to Music
  • Improving Fitness for Sport
  • Organisation of Sports Events
  • Biomechanics and Movement Analysis
  • Physical Activity for Specific Groups
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Health & Fitness Testing
  • Working in Active Leisure Facilities (Work Experience )
  • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Practical Skills in Sport
  • Sports Psychology

How will I learn?

Students will learn through a mixture of theoretical and practical based lessons. Emphasis is placed on students being able to work effectively as part of a group as well as comfortable working as an individual.

Students will be required to support their learning through the use of the library and internet based resources. Digital Literacy course and specific research based training will be given throughout the course.

Throughout the academic year students will have the opportunity to engage in the community through the running and officiating of District Sports Events and through NGB coaching and officiating qualifications and course and unit specific trips.

How will I be assessed?

It is important to note that the course is assessed through a mixture of continuous on-going assessment and externally assessed exams/controlled assessments.

Internally assessed coursework will include evidence drawn  from reports through to presentations, it is therefore vital that you are able to manage and keep to deadlines.

The Course is assessed through:

  • Coursework
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • External assessment

Are there any trips on this course?

The course will involve numerous trips to universities to experience learning at undergraduate degree level. These trips are designed to inspire students and to allow them to explore the demands and culture at Higher Education.

Students will also visit local schools to coach performers in a variety of settings and to experience the hollistic approach to coaching others.

Students have also had the opportunity in recent years to visit South Cerney Outdoor Education Centre, The Principality Stadium in Cardiff and Twickenham.

Are there any extra costs?

Students enrolled on the Sports courses will be expected to purchase college kit for practicals and external visits.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

Students who wish to enrol on this course will be expected to achieve 5 A* - C grades in GCSE with a minimum of a 4 in English, Maths and Science.

Although not essential, a GCSE or level 2 qualification in Sport or Physical Education will be advantageous.

How do I Apply?

Via the college webpage.

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Are there any exams?

Yes - 4 of the 20 units studied over the year will be externally assessed by either exam or controlled assessment style tasks.

Is this course right for me?

This course is particularly suitable for those who have a preference for non-exam based assessment. Continuous on-going assessment removes the pressure normally associated with exams however a consistent approach to learning and assessment is crucial for overall success.

Students must be motivated and have a high degree of organisation and self discipline.