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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Year on year, the sport and active leisure sector outperforms the rest of the UK economy. The annual contribution of the sport sector to the UK is over 8 billion. The sector has more than 36,000 employers, creating work for more than 600,000 full-time and part-time employees and 5 million plus volunteers. A significant proportion of the total volunteer workforce is volunteering in sport, with most of them involved in sports or activity leadership. Within sport and active leisure, a third of the workforce is only qualified to Level 1. Feedback from employers suggests that skill shortages are responsible for the large proportion of the vacancies in this sector, hence the importance of formally recognised Level 3 qualifications.

On completion of the second year of this programme, you may progress directly into your chosen area of the sports industry or progress onto Higher Education. Students from this programme that have progressed directly into the industry are now to be found employed in related health and fitness roles, including sports coaching, sport and leisure management and development.

Those progressing to university have gone on to join the teaching and sports development professions, sports coaching and instructing as well as sports therapy and teaching at primary and secondary level. Degree courses chosen have included Sport, Coaching and Fitness, Sports Science and Foundation Degree Sports Therapy, all at local universities such as Chichester, Winchester, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southampton Solent University, as well as further afield to Bedfordshire, Leeds, Bath and Worcester.

Salary earnings can range from 16,000 per year working in a Leisure Centre to in excess of 100,000 per year working at Sport England or similar organisations.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have English and Maths at Grade 4-9 and a minimum of 2 other GCSEs at grade A*-C. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications such as BTEC Diplomas or vCerts will be considered. A proven record of good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and successful college interview are also required.
A proven engagement in sports and related activities, good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and successful college interview are also required.

What does this programme involve?

This programme is ideally suited for individuals with a genuine interest in sport development coaching and fitness, but who also have the ability and determination to succeed. We ask that ideally you are actively involved with a sports team or health and fitness club as this will enhance your research. There is an expectation for all sport students to take part in college sports teams and enrichment activities, before lessons and on Wednesday afternoons, throughout the year.

This programme provides you with an opportunity to gain an insight into the wide and diverse nature of this growing sector. The programme retains a strong academic base, whilst including practical units and modules. You will need to be confident, self- motivated and a good communicator as this will stand you in good stead for your research work as well as your work placement.

You will complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands and learn about the employment area you have chosen, and develop the skills you need to start a career.

The programme is made up of a variety of 18 practical and theoretical units from the wide nature of this growing sector. Each unit is worth a number of credits which will make up your final grade.

The following are a sample of the units (these may vary each year):
-Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
-Sport Nutrition
-The physiology of fitness
-Instructing physical activity and exercise
-Assessing risk in sport
-Sports injuries
-Fitness training and programming
-Exercise for specific groups
-Sports coaching
-Exercise health and lifestyle
-Sports development
-Practical individual sport
-Sport and exercise massage
-Practical team sport
-Fitness testing for sport and exercise
-Work experience in sport

With our help, you will be expected to organise a relevant work placement each year. In addition to this, you are expected to help voluntarily at college enrichment and sporting events around the college as well as with local primary schools.

All students without an A*-C grade in English or Maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

Throughout the year, assessment for both practical and theory units is undertaken using a variety of assessment methods and styles. Each assignment will be graded at Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D) level and contributes to the unit and overall programme grades, which could be PPP MMM, DDD for each A Level equivalent, or a mixed profile, e.g.. PMM etc. There may be the option of online assessment for some Units.

Each of the units will have between three and five assignments. These assignments may be reports, presentations, practical assessments or research projects.

Attendance in the College is an average of 16 hours per week of contact time. In addition to this, it is expected you will complete a further 8-12 hours of independent study both in college and at home.

This two year programme offers progression from the Subsidiary Diploma through to the Extended Diploma, dependent on your entry grades and achievement in year one.

What else do I need to know?

The programme offers the dedicated student a wealth of opportunities and experiences. Additional qualifications may be taken alongside this programme, such as a range of coaching and industry related awards. You must be prepared to apply academic, as well as practical, sports skills. You will be encouraged to take a full and active part in college life.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
BNSS1 Eastleigh College 9/9/2019 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £2,180.00 Apply now

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