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Sport & Active Leisure Level 1 Diploma NVQ at Eastleigh College

Course description

This programme is ideally suited for those with a genuine interest in sport and active leisure, but who also have the ability and determination to succeed. We ideally ask that applicants are actively involved with a sports team or health and fitness club as this will enhance their research. There is an expectation for all sport students to take part in college sports teams and enrichment activities, before lessons and on Wednesday afternoons, throughout the year.

You will gain an insight into the wide and diverse nature of this growing sector. The programme retains an academic base, whilst including practical units and modules. You will need to be confident, self- motivated and a good communicator as this will stand you in good stead for your research work as well as your work placement.

You will complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will also learn about the employment area you have chosen, and develop the skills you need to start a career.

Course content

The programme is made up of a variety of practical and theoretical units from the wide nature of this growing sector. Each unit is worth a number of credits which will make up your final grade. The following are a sample of the units (these may vary each year):

  • Jobs in sport
  • Planning and participating in an event
  • Working in sport
  • Assisting in the delivery of activity sessions

With our help, all students are expected to organise a relevant work placement each year. In addition to this, you will be required to help at college enrichment and sporting events around the college and with the local primary schools.

All students without an A*-C grade in English or Maths will be required as a condition of the programme to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

Entry requirements

  • You will require GCSEs at grade A*-E, BTEC or other Level 1 qualifications.
  • You will also need good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and to attend a successful interview in college, demonstrating interest and commitment to study.
  • You should have a proven engagement in sports and related activities,
  • You should have a neat and tidy appearance with a sympathetic nature and a desire to help your clients
  • You will need a basic standard of English and Maths.


Throughout the year, assessment for both practical and theory units is undertaken by using a variety of assessment methods and styles. Each assignment will be graded as a Pass and contributes to the unit and overall programme grade.

Each of the units will have assignments. These assignments may be reports, presentations, practical assessments or research projects.

Future opportunities

On completion of this programme, you will have the opportunity to further your study with Level 2 Sport and Active Leisure.

Students from this programme have progressed directly into the industry and are now to be found employed in related health and fitness roles, including sports coaching, sport and leisure assistants and sports development.

Further information

Attendance in the College is an average of 16 hours per week of contact time. In addition to this, it is expected that students will complete a further 8-12 hours of independent study both in college and at home.

The programme will be delivered at Eastleigh College. In addition, students will be expected to extend learning through contributing to voluntary and community work.

The programme provides a unique opportunity to develop skills in coaching and leadership through the planning and organisation of sessions, learning how to manage them effectively and safely.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastleigh College directly.

Last updated date: 03 March 2016

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