Sports Studies Level 3

Overview (NV)

Sports Studies Level 3

Course length
2 years full-time

Overview

Our Sports Studies course opens the door to a range of rewarding careers in the sports sector and will equip you with the skills required for direct entry into a broad range of roles including:

  • fitness training
  • gym instructor
  • coach
  • sports leadership
  • professional sportsman/woman
  • performance analyst
  • teaching assistant

Following further higher level study, your future career options could also include sports therapist, nutritionist and physical education teacher. Sports Studies, available as a Diploma and an Extended Diploma, opens up an exciting range of opportunities for anyone who wants to work in sport.

In Year 1, you will complete either the Introductory Diploma in Sports Studies or the Subsidiary Diploma in Sport Studies. You will then complete either the Diploma or Extended Diploma in Year 2. In addition to the main qualification, there are opportunities to gain further sports qualifications in Sports Coaching, Level 2 gym instruction, emergency first aid and safeguarding. You will also experience a variety of sports, enrichment activities and visits to enhance your industry knowledge.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You live and breathe sport
  • You are interested in the ideas, strategies and theories of sport
  • You like practical training and work-related tasks
  • You might be thinking of a degree in a sports-related subject 
  • You want to keep your options open in this dynamic industry

Why maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.

Maths:

  • When designing fitness programmes, a sound understanding of basic numbers is needed for working our appropriate repetitions and determining increments in weight-training
  • Fractions are needed in calculating BMI
  • Measurements are also key in determining and monitoring client heights and weights
  • Mathematics is central to an understanding of nutrition and sports formulae

English:

  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of sports services and products
  • Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues/sponsors
  • Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business or when designing a training plan for a client 
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

The practical nature of the course means assessment takes place in realistic working environments including the fitness gym, outdoor fitness and studio-based fitness. You will be required to prepare work independently and as part of a team. You will be assessed through coursework, assignments, practical observations, presentations, projects and some external assessments for specific units. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Please note the entry requirements below reflect the new GCSE grading structure for 2017 entry.

Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including maths and English, or a BTEC Level 2 in Sport with a minimum of a Merit, or at least 2 years’ relevant work experience. School applicants will need to have a good school report and references. 

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths, please refer to the Maths and English tab on the left. 

The course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). Information about the DSB check and how to apply for it will be given at your interview. 

What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

There are two distinct pathways for Sports Studies – the Introductory Diploma and the Subsidiary Diploma. Students study the same core topics but there are additional modules for the Subsidiary Diploma. Our experienced lecturers will advise the best pathway for you to ensure you can thrive in your studies.

Year 1

EITHER

Introductory Diploma in Sports Studies

You study 4 core (compulsory) modules:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport
  • Lifestyle Factors
  • Risk Assessment in Sport
  • Sports Leadership 

In addition, you will study2optional modules from: 

  • Coaching in Sport
  • Individual Sports
  • Injuries in Sport
  • Massage for Sport and Exercise
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Training and Programming for Fitness
  • Instructing Physical Activity 

OR

Subsidiary Diploma in Sport Studies 

You study 6 core (compulsory) modules 

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport
  • Lifestyle Factors
  • Risk Assessment in Sport
  • Sports Leadership
  • Health Screening and Fitness Testing
  • Physiology of Fitness 

In addition, you will study3optional modules from: 

  • Coaching in Sport
  • Individual Sports
  • Injuries in Sport
  • Massage for Sport and Exercise
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Training and Programming for Fitness
  • Instructing Physical Activity 

Year 2

If you studied the Introductory Diploma (in Year 1), you will progress to the Diploma in Sports Studies in Year 2. 

If you studied the Subsidiary Diploma (in Year 1), you will progress to the Extended Diploma in Sports Studies in Year 2. 

Diploma in Sports Studies

You will study 4 core (compulsory) modules:

  • Analysing Sports Performance
  • Health Screening and Fitness
  • Physiology of Fitness
  • Sport in Society

In addition, you will study 2 optional modules (that you did not study in Year 1) from:

  • Coaching in Sport
  • Individual Sports
  • Injuries in Sport
  • Massage for Sport and Exercise
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Training and Programming for Fitness
  • Instructing Physical Activity 

(At the end of Year 2, you will have studied a total of 12 modules.) 

OR

Extended Diploma in Sports Studies

You will study 5 core (compulsory) modules:

  • Analysing Sports Performance
  • Sport in Society
  • Business in Sport
  • Nutrition for Sport
  • Sports Psychology 

In additional, you will study4 optional modules (that you did not study in Year 1) from:

  • Coaching in Sport
  • Individual Sports
  • Injuries in Sport
  • Massage for Sport and Exercise
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Training and Programming for Fitness
  • Instructing Physical Activity 

(At the end of Year 2, you will have studied a total of 18 modules.)

Work Placement (NV)

Work placement

There are three key points during the academic year when Sports Studies students can experience the value of work placements. You will work closely with our specialist hired@UCB team to ensure you have the skills, confidence and ability to secure placements that suit you and match your career aspirations. 

UCB has established strong external partnerships to allow students to benefit from coaching sessions, qualifications and training sessions, all with a view to enhancing your employability skills. You will also be provided with the opportunities to become involved in assisting competitions at the Birmingham School Games, Sports Inclusion Festivals and working at a primary school. 

In Year 2, there is the opportunity to apply for a three-week work placement overseas.

A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:

  • Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
  • It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
  • Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Enriches your CV
  • Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
  • Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities

If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital

A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.

Careers (NV)

Careers

You will be able to take up immediate employment opportunities including:

  • Sports Coach
  • Professional sportsman/woman
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Recreational Assistant
  • Teaching Assistant 

There are also great opportunities to progress to higher education courses, studying for a foundation degree or full degree at UCB such as Sport and Fitness Studies, Sports ManagementSports Therapy or Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy

hired@UCB

The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Alumni support

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

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