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Sport and Active Leisure Diploma (Higher) 14-16 at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

This Diploma will give you a broad base of understanding and skills that are transferable across the wide range of sport and leisure roles and settings. Learning takes place in a range of contexts so that you develop your knowledge of the industry, its scope and opportunities. At the same time, you’ll be learning the importance of leading an active life through working with diverse groups, especially young people. Communication, teamwork, customer service and ‘people skills’ are crucial here. By working individually and in teams, you will increase your confidence in engaging with customers. Lifestyle choices have a major impact on health and wellbeing. Taking this Diploma, you will learn that being active can not only affect health but also improve self-confidence. What will I learn? The Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure focuses on three main themes: Sport and active leisure and the individual: Looks at the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle, the science of sport and exercise and how the body works. Sport and active leisure and the economy: Introduces the sport and active leisure industry, its relation to other sectors and its contribution to the economy as a whole. Sport and active leisure and the community: Focuses on working with customers and the different requirements of specific populations or groups of people. How is the Diploma made up? Principal learning (subject learning you have to do) At the heart of the Diploma are your sport and active leisure subjects. These will teach you the essential things you need to know about the sector. You’ll learn about the issues that are driving the industry today, how it works and what skills you need to have to work within it. Activities you might do in your principal learning: Sports and active leisure and the Individual You’ll learn more about the behaviours and choices that influence diet, level of exercise, sleep patterns and substance misuse. You’ll also learn the basic principles of anatomy and physiology and their applications within the industry. Sports and active leisure and the economy You’ll look at the range of jobs in the industry and how the industry structure differs from place to place. You’ll find out about government policy and the responses of different businesses. You’ll also look at the role of the media in sport, as well as the role of sport in influencing the social agenda. Sports and active leisure and the community You’ll learn how to develop interpersonal skills and how to encourage repeat business. You’ll also understand the vital role of leadership skills and the principles of conflict resolution. As a project, you might develop a range of presentation skills appropriate for different social groups. Additional and specialist learning (choices you can make) As part of the diploma you will be able to study additional subjects. Functional skills in English, Maths and ICT Like all Diploma students, you’ll develop a good standard of English, maths and ICT. These subjects are essential to succeed in any business or learning environment, whether you decide to continue in the sports and active leisure sector or not. Personal, learning and thinking skills All Diploma students will develop personal, learning and thinking skills, such as team working, creative thinking and self-management. These are vital skills in both life and work, and will be useful to you in the future, no matter which path you take. Work experience Your Diploma will give you the opportunity to do at least 10 days’ work experience. This is a great way to use the skills you have learnt in the classroom, and experience what work is like from the inside. Student projects During your Diploma, you’ll complete a student project to demonstrate the skills and knowledge that you have learnt. It could be a written piece of work like an investigation or report. Or it could be something practical like designing an adventure playground, or setting up a free-trial coaching programme for a certain sector of your community.

Entry requirements

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Future opportunities

A Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure will give you the skills you need for either university or work, and is a first step towards a career in this industry. It could lead you to a university degree in sports science, sports management, healt promotion, occupational therapy or physiotherapy, osteopathy, dietetics or food science. It could also lead to a job with training as a senior play worker, personal trainer, head grounds keeper or youth support worker. However, the Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure doesn’t mean you have to choose a career in this industry. Because a Diploma teaches a mix of subjects, it will give you the skills that will be welcomed by colleges, universities and employers, no matter what you choose to do.

Further information

This course is offered by the Cambridge Area 14-19 Partnership

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years