Qualification Information

Sector: Sports, Active Health and Fitness Category: Sports Studies
VTCT Product Code: AF20487 GLH: 330 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8632/4 Units: 6 - 12 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 55

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Minimum guided learning hours (GLH)

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 330 GLH.

Primary outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Sports Studies is to progress you to the next level of vocational learning. Specifically, this qualification will support your progression to Technical Level qualifications in sport, active health and fitness and Apprenticeships in exercise and fitness.


The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Sports Studies is a vocational qualification that will support your progression to a Technical Level qualification in sport, active health and fitness. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and provides the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career in sport and related disciplines. Whilst there are no prerequisites to undertake this qualification, you are expected to have a keen interest and desire to pursue a career in sport, active health or fitness.

This qualification covers the core topic areas of sport including: anatomy and physiology, performance psychology, planning and leading activities and business skills.

You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional units which include: fitness testing and training, effects of exercise on the body systems, nutrition for sports performance, managing a sports career, sports injuries, sport and leisure facility operations, technical skills and tactical awareness and planning and running a sports event.

The units in this qualification will develop your knowledge and understanding of science, business and sports management. You will also develop a range of practical skills enabling you to plan and run sport and leisure events, activities and operations. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with others.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will support your progression to a Technical Level qualification in sports or related disciplines, these include:

- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (Gym Based Exercise)

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification has been reviewed and formally supported by the following colleges:

- Knowsley Community College
- New College Durham
- Wirral Metropolitan College

Colleges that have provided support have indicated that this qualification covers the broad range of knowledge, understanding and skills required of a sports qualification at this level and will suitably prepare learners for further study at Level 3.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 35 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV21527 D/502/5474 Anatomy and physiology for sport 2 5 30
UV21528 H/502/5508 Psychology for sports performance 2 10 60
UV21529 T/502/5481 Planning and leading sports activities 2 10 60
UV21530 D/502/5541 Business skills in sport 2 10 60

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 2 components and earn a minimum of 20 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20582 R/502/5410 Fitness testing and training 2 5 30
UV21531 J/600/2832 Effects of exercise on the body systems 2 5 30
UV21532 H/502/5525 Nutrition for sports performance 2 10 60
UV21533 R/503/0770 Understanding how to manage own career in sport 2 2 15
UV21534 M/601/4330 Injuries in sport 2 3 30
UV21535 L/502/5535 Sport and leisure facility operations 2 10 60
UV21536 H/502/5492 Technical skills and tactical awareness for sport 2 10 60
UV21537 H/502/5542 Planning and running a sports event 2 10 60

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Reading College 0800 371434 Visit website Berkshire - Reading
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
New City College - Epping Forest Campus 020 8508 8311 Visit website Essex
Tameside College 0161 908 6789 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London 020 8802 3111 Visit website London - Haringey
HCUC Harrow 020 8909 6451 Visit website London - Harrow
West Thames College 020 8326 2000 Visit website London - Hounslow
Big Creative Academy 0208 498 3300 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Alsop High School 0151 235 1200 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Coaching Connexions Ltd 0151 521 4010 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College - The Learning Exchange 0151 252 3725 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Wirral Metropolitan College - The Oval Campus 0151 551 7001 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
City College Norwich 01603 773393 Visit website Norfolk
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
City of Oxford College part of Activate Learning 01865 550550 Visit website Oxfordshire
Bournville College 0121 477 1300 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Bordesley Green 0121 6945000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Evesham College part of WCG 01386 712604 Visit website Worcestershire