|VTCT Product Code: SP3D17||GLH: 360||Age Restriction: 16|
|Qualification Number: 601/6763/4||Units: 0 - 10||Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2022|
Documentation for this qualification last amended 04 December 2019
Statement of purpose
Who is this qualification for?
VTCT's diplomas in sport studies are applied general qualifications that provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to higher education in a range of sports disciplines.
VTCT's sports studies qualifications are included on the UCAS Tariff and are formally recognised as fit for purpose by higher education institutions across the UK for entry onto their sport and other related degree programmes.
These qualifications have been specifically designed for 16- to 19-year-olds and build on existing knowledge, understanding and skills in sport to prepare learners for higher education.
The structure of these qualifications provides an opportunity for learners to select the optional units of most interest, which best support their chosen career path whether this be sports studies, sports science, sports development, sports therapy, sports management, outdoor education, leisure management, exercise and health science or sports coaching.
Whilst the main purpose of these qualifications is to support entry to higher education they may also be used to support entry to, or progression within, sport and leisure employment as they provide a valuable source of continued professional development.
What does this qualification cover?
Learners will develop the core specialist knowledge required by the sector through achieving the four mandatory units which include anatomy and physiology, lifestyle factors, risk assessment in sport and sports leadership.
This qualification offers a wider range of optional units of which two must be achieved, these include (this list is not exhaustive): analysing sports performance, business in sport, coaching in sport, sports nutrition, facilities and operational management in sport, health screening and fitness testing, individual sports and injuries in sport. The structure of this qualification provides an opportunity for learners to select the units of most interest, and which best support their chosen career paths whether this be sports studies, sports science, sports development, sports therapy, sports management, outdoor education, leisure management, exercise and health science or sports coaching.
Why is this qualification the most suitable?
The Introductory Diploma is most suitable for 16- to 19-year-old learners seeking to undertake a two-year academic programme of study, primarily comprised of A Levels, who wish to complement their programme with sports studies to learn about the sector and support progression to higher education. This qualification is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education who need to top up their existing achievements to fulfil entry requirements.
At 360 GLH, the equivalent in size to one A level, this qualification has been designed to occupy one third of the curriculum over 2 years within a broader study programme.
Learners should choose the Introductory Diploma if they want to undertake a smaller programme of study which is equivalent in size to one A level (360 GLH). This qualification may be to complement other academic programmes, or to top up existing achievement to fulfil higher education entry requirements.
What could this qualification lead to?
This qualification has been developed to enable progression to higher education to study a sports degree or other related degree programme, including (this list is not exhaustive):
- sports studies
- sports science (or specialist degrees in sports psychology, sports physiology or sports biomechanics/kinesiology)
- sports therapy
- sports management
- sports development
- sports coaching
- leisure management
- exercise and health science
Learners may also seek employment within the sport and active leisure sector or a related industry.
Who supports this qualification?
This qualification has been approved by UCAS and carries UCAS points.
This qualification has been developed collaboratively key stakeholders from the sports sector. Because of this, the knowledge, understanding and skills gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.
This qualification is formally supported by the following higher education institutions:
|Cardiff Metropolitan University||cardiffmet.ac.uk|
|University of Derby||derby.ac.uk|
Amendments to the Qualification Specification
The Qualification Specification for this qualification has been updated to reflect the changes to UCAS New Tariff points and the addition of Total Qualification Time (TQT). Version 7 is now available to download.
|Unit Code||Unit Ref||Unit Title||Level||Credits||GLH|
|USP70||K/507/4418||Anatomy and physiology for sport||3||60|
|USP86||L/507/4430||Risk assessment in sport||3||60|
|Unit Code||Unit Ref||Unit Title||Level||Credits||GLH|
|USP69||H/507/4417||Analysing sports performance||3||60|
|USP71||A/507/4441||Business in sport||3||60|
|USP72||Y/507/4446||Coaching in sport||3||60|
|USP73||D/507/4447||Facilities and operational management in sport||3||60|
|USP74||M/507/4419||Health screening and fitness testing||3||60|
|USP76||D/507/4450||Injuries in sport||3||60|
|USP77||H/507/4451||Instructing physical activity||3||60|
|USP79||L/507/4475||Massage for sport and exercise||3||60|
|USP80||R/507/4476||Nutrition for sport||3||60|
|USP81||Y/507/4477||Officiating in sport||3||60|
|USP82||D/507/4478||Organising sports events||3||60|
|USP83||Y/507/4480||Outdoor and adventurous activities||3||60|
|USP84||J/507/4426||Physiology of fitness||3||60|
|USP85||D/507/4481||Research project for sport and exercise||3||60|
|USP87||D/507/4433||Sport in society||3||60|
|USP91||A/507/4486||Training and programming for fitness||3||60|
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