- Year 1 & 2
Coursework and 2 externally assessed exams
- Exam board
CAMTEC (Single Diploma)
- Specific entry requirements
You will need to be currently competing in either a team or individual sport, and continuing this during your time at college.
What Will You Learn?
The Sport course offers an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the varied disciplines and roles possible within the industry. From learning about how the body systems respond to exercise, to investigating businesses within the sport and leisure sector. You will also develop your understanding of coaching and improve your practical skills in a variety of sports. This course will suit you if you have a passion for sport and enjoy looking into its many facets. You’ll also develop working links with the providers of sporting activities in the local community.
Unit: 1 Body systems and the effects of physical activity (Externally Examined). Whether you are aiming to become a coach, nutritionist, personal trainer or leisure centre manager, knowledge of the human body, its systems and how they function will help you to ensure that your clients gain the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle. By understanding the effects that physical activity, training and lifestyle can have on the body systems, you can ensure that sports and activities are properly focused and do not risk a client’s health or wellbeing. This will help you to persuade others to pursue and maintain a balanced, active, healthy lifestyle.
In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the structures and functions of the key body systems, how these support and impact performance in sport and physical activity and the effects that physical activity, training and lifestyle can have on them.
- Unit: 2 Sports Coaching & Leadership. At some point throughout their lives, everyone will have experienced being coached or taught about sport and physical activity. The importance of a high quality coach or leader cannot be underestimated. The increasing demand for both young and old to learn and develop physical skills and sporting skills presents new and exciting opportunities for coaches, leaders and NGB's. Through coaching and leading, you can learn a set of skills, such as communication and adaptability which will prove valuable in other aspects of your life, such as work and study.
This unit will give you an understanding behind the theory of what makes good sports coaches and activity leaders and methods that can be employed to improve the performance of participants. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of coaches and leaders and how these differ from each other and others involved in delivering and teaching sport and physical activity. The main part of the unit is related to you developing the skills and understanding necessary to effectively plan and deliver a series of sports or activity sessions reflecting on your own practice and using this feedback to improve your performance as a sports coach or activity leader.
Unit: 3 Sports organisation and development (Externally Examined). The organisation of sport in the UK can be quite complex with multiple agencies and organisations, both inside of and outside of the UK, working together at different levels on different agendas. One of the key areas which most, if not all, of the organisations involved in sport in the UK are concerned with is sports development and the increase of participation in sport and physical activity, both to improve the health of the nation but also to aid the development of elite athletes who can compete and achieve on an international level.
In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the organisations involved in sport in the UK, their roles and responsibilities and how they work together. You will also gain an understanding of sports development, including the organisations involved, who sports development is targeted at and why, how sports development is carried out and how the success of sports development initiatives can be measured.
- Unit: 5 Performance Analysis in Sport & Exercise. For elite sports performers, even the smallest margins in time and/or distance can mean the difference between winning and losing, success and failure. The desire to improve and ‘be the best that I can be’ means that analysing performance and getting constructive feedback is an important part of participating in sport and exercise.
This unit will give you the skills and knowledge required to carry out performance profiling and analysis and deliver feedback to the performers in a manner that is suitable for them.
- Unit: 8 Organisation of Sports Events. Sports events vary in size, impact and purpose, but all involve sharing a passion and love for different sporting activities. From local leagues and competitions,to mega events such as the Olympics, sport has the power to bring people together for a common aim or purpose. Events such as the London Marathon and Sport Relief demonstrate individuals’ drive and purpose in raising money for charity through sport. Also, local voluntary sports clubs organise and run events to increase participation and numbers and to help raise funds for their grass roots teams.
This unit is designed for you to develop skills in planning, promoting and delivering a sports event; with a focus primarily on your individual role; as well as working as part of a team and reflecting on your input and future personal development. This unit will enable you to establish transferrable skills, which can be used within sport and active leisure, as well as within the fitness industry. It will also enhance skills such as team work, organisation and safeguarding awareness.
Strong links are formed with employers, leading to work experience, placements and talks. As a student on this course, you can be involved in leadership events as part of our primary school work.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in many trips. Groups visit the football museum, Sports City and various Centres of Excellence to name just a few of the options.
Where Will This Lead?
Students have recently gone on to study Exercise Physiology, Physical Education, Sport and Exercise, Sports Development, Sports Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sports Coaching.
Sport can lead to a broad range of careers in leisure management, sport and recreation management, the emergency services and the armed forces. Sport will also teach you valuable communication and teamwork skills.