Your feedback is important to us
Please take two minutes at the end of your visit to help us improve our information and services.
Skip to content The Open University

Working and learning in sport and fitness

On this page

This work-based learning module will help you apply ideas from your study to the sport or fitness environments. It will improve your effectiveness and awareness of professional issues in the workplace. It is aimed at health and fitness instructors, sports coaches, potential leisure managers and those supporting in voluntary sports clubs. You will develop reflective skills and a sound understanding of the key principles and values underlying leading and motivating people. These include interpersonal communication, instructional skills and customer care.

Register for the course


Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£1625.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£1465.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£2632.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£2632.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£775.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
Start End Fee Register
04 Oct 2014 Jun 2015
£2632.00
Choose country above

Registration opens on 30/04/14

See below for information about part time tuition fee loans available for study towards a qualification.

This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.

*Fees may vary by country.

What you will study

This course is based on studying and developing the effectiveness of working in sport and fitness environments whether it is in a voluntary, part-time or paid role. The skills of work-based learning provide a stimulating link between degree study and working practice, with a chance to study issues that are particularly relevant to those instructing, coaching or leading others in a range of sport and fitness settings. The work-based study focuses your attention on questions such as ‘will this idea work in practice?’ And on a practical level, work-based study can lighten your study workload, as you can locate part of your learning in the work place.

The course has a different approach in that within each study theme described below there is the opportunity to identify which elements best apply to the work place and study these in more depth for your assessments. The five main study themes are:

  • Encouraging and Maintaining Motivation – investigates how you and the people you interact with at work are motivated, and techniques that can be used to develop motivation
  • Communicating Effectively – considers the elements of effective interpersonal communication skills and the different types of interaction between staff and customers in the workplace
  • Leading People and Teams – evaluates the skills required to lead and influence people effectively in the workplace and the management of change
  • Understanding and Enhancing Learning and Instruction– investigates the theory and practice of learning generally and specifically that of instructing physical skills
  • You and Your Customers – identifies your customer segments, their expectations and how external communication with them can be most effective.

You will learn how to reflect and learn from work-based experiences, including observational and interview techniques.

This form of study is supported by a study guide, a website, a collection of topical readings and a DVD containing a range of related case studies. Most of the study guide is in print, but part is online. The online guide will direct you to electronic materials and work-related activities. This will be underpinned by tuition that will include active involvement with your tutor and access to online forums with a community of sport and fitness peers. The assessment of this course focuses on your learning and reflection of your practice.

Vocational relevance

This course is aimed at people involved in sport and fitness environments who are aiming to develop their skills and/or career in this area. It forms fifty per cent of the Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management, and twenty-five per cent of the Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness.

The course is suitable for those working in appropriate settings throughout the UK. Students in Scotland may wish to consider linking to the Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness.

After using work-based learning on this course the general insights to the sector and greater self-awareness and communication skills will make you more employable. Other instructional qualifications may be needed for those wishing to instruct or coach professionally such as those required in the Level 2 work-based modules of the foundation degree: Making your coaching certificate count (EXC224) and Making your exercise instruction certificate count (EXF224).

Entry

This is a key introductory Level 1 course. Level 1 courses provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning to help you to progress to courses at Level 2.

There are no academic entry requirements for E113. The course is a broad introduction to working and learning in sport and fitness settings, and no assumptions are made about the knowledge or education you bring to it. 

You don’t need experience of working in the sector prior to starting your studies. But you will find the course and the assignments much easier and more fulfilling if you can draw on your own experiences in sport and fitness environments during your study.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Preparatory work

There are no formal qualification requirements for students joining the course. However, if you have no prior experience of higher education, or if you have not studied for some time, we would strongly advise you to make use of the OU’s wide range of introductory courses and packs.

You may wish to study the knowledge-based course Introduction to sport, fitness and management (E112) before studying E113, but this is not essential. E112 and E113 can be studied in either order.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

The course makes significant use of audio and video materials that are made available to students on DVD. These can be played on either a standard DVD player or a personal computer with a DVD drive.

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

A study guide, course reader, DVD, an online assessment guide and study planner, and a website.

You will need

Either a domestic DVD player or a computer with a DVD drive.

Although it is not essential, we recommend that you have a broadband internet connection for this course in order to get the most out of the website activities and to participate in online tutorials.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2007 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
  • If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.6 or later.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your assignments, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor will be particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. Contact with your tutor will be through the following methods:

  • online tutorials, which we strongly encourage you to participate in since most students find these extremely useful
  • online forum (email conference) within your tutor group
  • personal email or telephone.

Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this course can be found in the facts box above. You are only required to complete four out of the five TMAs.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Assessment is an essential part of the teaching and so you are required to complete it all. You will be given more detailed information when you begin the course.

Future availability

The details given here are for the course that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

Student Reviews

“I found E113-Working and learning in sport a very interesting and enjoyable course overall. The same with E112 which I ...”
Read more
“Thank you for your comments; the module team are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the module and found the ...”
Read more
“This course is a fantastic source for developing your coaching skills and experience. There are 6 study topics ranging from ...”
Read more
“The course team are delighted to hear that studying this course was such a positive experience. In order to further ...”
Read more

Distance learning

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’ll be supported throughout your studies – your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

For more information read Distance learning explained.

Are you already an OU student ? Go to StudentHome for information on choosing your next module.
Course facts
About this course:
Course code E113
Credits 60
OU Level 1
SCQF level 7
FHEQ level 4
Course work includes:
4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Your questions

Try our frequently asked questions.

Come and meet us at an event near you.

Or contact an adviser by Email or call +44(0) 845 300 60 90 +44(0) 845 366 60 35

Employers' questions

Contact Corporate Enquiries
Visit our website for employers or Email us

Get a prospectus

Download or
order