Who is this course for?
If you have a keen interest in sport and are looking to follow a rewarding career within the sports and fitness industry, this course will prepare you for the demands of higher level study and practise.
The course involves various practical elements so a keen motivation to participate in a variety of sports is essential.
You will develop an understanding of some of the underlying principles in sport, including training programmes, the human body and how it responds to exercise. You will learn about:
- How motivation and personality impact on performance.
- How you can plan and lead sports activities.
- How the body functions and the links to exercise.
- How you deal with customers.
- The importance of nutrition as a success factor in sport.
What are the entry requirements for the course?
You need five GCSEs at grades D or E (grade 2-3) or higher, including BOTH Maths and English Language.
A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
How long is this course?
A full-time one year programme commencing September 2018, ending June 2019.
What will I study on this course?
Unit 1 – Exercise, Fitness and Health Event: This unit draws together the subjects you have studied across the course. It enables you to use your knowledge, understanding and skills to plan and participate in an event designed to promote safe and effective practice in exercise and fitness.
Unit 2 – Anatomy and Physiology: This unit will give you a basic understanding of the structure and functions of the body, how they are linked together and become the building blocks of sport performance. This unit analyses the short and long term effects of exercise as applied to the sports performer.
Unit 3 – Expedition Skills Challenge: This unit is about the planning and participation in an expedition. You will to use the knowledge and skills gained through other units across the course and apply these to the context of taking part in an expedition in response to a brief.
Unit 4 – Working in the Industry: This unit will develop your readiness for the world of work. Through research activities you will develop an awareness of your industry sector and the opportunities that may be open to you. You will assess your current employability skills, plan for a placement and subsequently embark on work experience. This unit concludes with an opportunity to re-assess your skill set and the progress made.
Unit 5 – Safety and Injury in Sport: This unit gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of risk, injury and treatment. You will risk assess a chosen sport, followed by treatment for a range of injuries ending with an evaluation of the performance as a first aider.
Unit 6 – Fitness Testing: This unit will enable you to discuss, administer and interpret fitness tests for a selected individual, which you will then have the opportunity to provide recommendations based on their testing results.
Unit 7 – Sports Conditioning: This unit will allow you to explore sports conditioning group sessions. You will have the opportunity to learn a range of exercises from each of the different sessions.
Unit 8 – Land Based Skills: This unit will give you an insight into land based outdoor and adventurous activities that are on offer in Jersey. You will describe, participate in and review a range of outdoor and adventurous activities.
Unit 9 – Planning and Leading Sports Coaching Sessions: This unit gives you the opportunity to develop your skills as an activity leader/instructor. You will plan a sports coaching session for an activity of your choice, considering facilities, participants and safety aspects, along with how to adapt should any changes be required. Following the planning you will have the opportunity to deliver and evaluate the session and take feedback from participants.
Unit 10 – Practical Sport: This unit will allow you to develop your practical ability through your skills and understanding as a player and/or officiator. You will be given the opportunity to demonstrate and then assess your own sporting abilities.
What Qualification will I gain?
Jersey Progression Diploma in Sport.
There will also be opportunities to undertake additional coaching opportunities and awards as part of the course.
Will I go out on work experience?
Courses at Highlands are about preparing you for the world of work. As part of your course you will learn how to go about presenting yourself to an employer to stand the best chance of getting the job you are looking for. You will spend at least one week in a work placement and work towards an employability qualification.
What does this course lead on to?
Prepares you for advanced level study that will give you a stronger edge when applying for jobs. Achieving other qualifications and gaining experience as part of the Highlands Study Programme will enable you to progress to the Sports course at Advanced Level or other Advanced Technical or Vocational courses that the college offers.
How much will it cost?
- £36 registration fee
- £131 course material fee
- £50 DBS – Police check
How can I find out more?
For further information, please contact the Highlands College Admissions team on: 608752 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.