The course will develop your skills and understanding of sport. There will be opportunities to take part in the team sports and other sporting activities and there is the potential to take additional related qualifications/awards, including Emergency First Aid, Fitness Instructor at level 1 and 2, Community Sport Leaders Award level 2 and FA level 1 Football Coaching award.
The Extended Diploma takes two years and covers 14 units. You will achieve the equivalent of three A levels grade A*-C.
You will study 10 mandatory units:
- Anatomy and physiology
- You will explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.
- Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
- You will explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.
- Professional development in the sports industry
- In this unit, you will research the different possible careers and the associated job roles in the sports industry, then action plan your development towards achieving a selected career aim.
- Sports leadership
- This unit aims to develop your confidence in a variety of different roles when leading sport. These roles range from coach, to official, to captain or personal trainer. You will be guided through the requirements of effective leadership and this will develop your knowledge and understanding of the leader’s role, the key skills, qualities and characteristics.
- Practical sports performance
- You study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports.
- Coaching for performance
- You will develop coaching skills, knowledge, qualities and best practices, allowing for sessions to incorporate progression over time. You will develop your planning, delivery and reflection skills, as well as your ability to use a variety of coaching practices.
- Research methods in sport
- You will cover the importance of research, factors affecting the quality of research, an introduction to research and the different methods commonly used in sport-based research.
- Development and provision of sport and physical activity
- In this unit you will understand how sports development influences the provision of sport, the agencies in sports development and their aims to increase participation, develop talent and promote inclusion for all.
- Investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry
- You will investigate how business operates in the sport and active leisure industry and how it responds to trends and other influences to meet the needs of clients and benefit the business.
- Skill acquisition in sport
- You will develop an understanding of skilled performance and how an individual’s abilities contribute to the development of their skills. You will examine how sports performers are able to take information from their environment, for example their position, the positions of their opponents or the speed and trajectory of a ball, and then process this information so that they can produce a response in the form of a skilled movement.
You will also study 4 of 13 optional units, including:
- Application of fitness training
- Sports psychology
- Sports event organisation
- Work experience in active leisure
- Leisure management
- Rules and regulations and officiating in sport
- A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades: English at grade 4 and maths at grade 3 or above, and 3 other GCSEs grade 4 or above to include PE or a sports background.
You will be assessed with written and word processed assignments, essays, oral presentations, practical observations and witness statements.
Although there are no final examinations, your theoretical knowledge is sometimes assessed through short tests.
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