Skills gained will provide a broad introduction to the sports sector. You will gain a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology, fitness and how to deliver sport and physical activity to an individual or group of participants; plus identify those who would benefit most from participation, select which sport or physical activity would be best for them, and how to organise, co-ordinate and facilitate different events or programmes of activity that allow people to actively engage in and enjoy sport and physical activity.
The course is made up of 17 units, 4 units are externally assessed and 13 internally assessed.
Each internally assessed unit consists of 3, 4 or 5 theoretical and/or practical assignments graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
An overall grade of Pass (3E’s at A Level) Merit (3C’s at A Level) or Distinction (3A’s at A Level) is calculated from the grades obtained in each unit.
Assessment is ongoing, including practical skills and performance so full attendance is essential.
• Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity - 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 can have.
• Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership - The roles and responsibilities of coaches, developing coaching skills, planning and delivering a series of sports or activity sessions and using feedback to improve future coaching or activity leadership.
• Sports Organisation and Development - The organisations involved in sport in the UK, their roles and responsibilities and how they work together. They will also cover sports development, who gets targeted, why it is carried out and how success can be measured.
• Working Safely in Sport, Exercise and Health and Leisure – Key safety requirements, health and safety legislations, first aid, safeguarding and risk assessments.
• Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise – Carry out performance profiling and analysis, and providing feedback.
• Group Exercise to Music – Types of group exercise, plan and deliver group exercise sessions and evaluate their success.
• Improving Fitness for Sport and Physical Activity – Components of fitness, methods of training, planning and delivering fitness training programmes, how to motivate clients and evaluating programmes.
• Organisation of Sports Events – Planning, promoting and delivering a sports event.
• Physical Activity for Specific Groups - The different groups of individuals who would benefit physiologically, psychologically and sociologically from participating in physical activity and why these particular groups are targeted by initiatives.
• Nutrition and Diet for Sport and Exercise – Balanced diet, energy intake and expenditure, and the importance of hydration.
• Health and Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise – Client consultation, deliver fitness tests, interpret data and feeding back to a client.
• Working in Active Leisure Facilities – Day to day duties, health and safety and customer care.
• Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation – Recognising and treating common sporting injuries, the possible psychological impacts of sports injuries and how to minimise the risk of sports injuries occurring in the first instance.
• Practical Skills in Sport and Physical Activities – The application of skills, tactics, techniques and knowledge in individual sports, team sports and OAA.
• Sport and Exercise Psychology – Different motivations for participating in sport and how performance can be managed. The impacts that participation in sport can have on a person’s mental health and wellbeing.
• Sport and Exercise Sociology - The principles of sociology to sport, how sport is shaped by society and how it impacts our behaviour and relationships. How different sociological theories apply to sport before looking at the influences and impacts that sport and society can have on each other and the role the media has to play in it all.
• The Business of Sport - The structure and purpose of different sports businesses, their customers and how they use staff and volunteers to meet their goals. Corporate Social Responsibility and businesses obligations.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, as well as GCSE Mathematics and English minimum Grade 4. A Pass grade in Key Stage 4 Cambridge National in Sports Studies would benefit, but not essential. Extra-curricular (school PE/Sports club) attendance and out of school (local sports club) participation will support the practical units.