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Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness: pathway

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This diploma of higher education is made up of 240 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 begins with the compulsory 60-credit module Introduction to sport, fitness and management (E112)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W07-2,module,E112,,1, which explores scientific and management questions such as:

  • What is the scientific evidence of the benefits of sport and fitness?
  • Who takes part in sport and fitness and how do facilities cater for their needs?
  • How can aerobic and muscular fitness be improved?
  • How does the scientific basis of nutrition inform coaching?

The study of science and management provides you with new perspectives and ways of considering issues concerning sport and fitness. You’ll also be introduced to some of the study skills you’ll need in later stages.

You’ll complete this stage with another compulsory 60-credit module, Working and learning in sport and fitness (E113)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W07-2,module,E113,,1, which analyses key work-based issues such as: motivation (both that of participants and work colleagues); the dynamics of coaching communication; and leadership, instruction and learning. You’ll use filmed case studies to support your study, and you’ll be able to share ideas online with fellow students. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on how the course topics apply to work activities, helping to increase your effectiveness in your own role.

Stage 2

In Stage 2 you'll explore the fascinating world of sports science research, brought to life with BBC documentary material and online collaboration. As you work through the materials, you’ll gain the understanding you need to answer questions such as:

  • What anatomical and physiological knowledge do you need in your work?
  • How can human movement be analysed and what part is played by biomechanics?
  • How do you recognise effective conditioning programmes for your activity?
  • How should you approach your own study of research literature?

In the work-related learning module, Science and theory into practice: exercise instruction (EXF223) (90 credits), you submit an appropriate level 2 REPS endorsed qualification. You then investigate, drawing on your own experiences, how instructors/trainers develop.

A further element of Stage 2 is devoted to the psychology of sport and exercise. Coaches and instructors need a detailed understanding of mental aspects such as self-confidence, anxiety, team dynamics and psychological skills. This module, Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach (E233)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W07-2,module,E233,,1 (30 credits), uses a case study approach with film, audio, text and interactive online activities. It will challenge and change how you think about yourself and your participants.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from two (full-time study equivalent) to 12 years.


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