If you’re an aspiring or practising leader of sport or fitness activities, this course will increase your effectiveness and skills, and develop your understanding of sports science, training, coaching and leadership principles. It takes a highly practical approach, applying science and theory to practice through activities and case studies, and by reflecting on real and potential work situations.
Key features of the course
- Focuses on the all-around physical and psychological needs of sports participants or exercise clients
- Develops your communication and analytical skills
- Encourages you to reflect on your own role
- Enhances your career prospects.
Please note: In addition to your OU study, you’ll need to identify and complete a level 2 UK-accredited (or equivalent) qualification in either coaching or exercise instruction at your own expense.
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- At Stage 1 you’ll study two compulsory modules that will give a broad introduction to sport and fitness within this industry.
- Then, in Stage 2, you’ll study two further modules that explore sports science and psychology before completing the stage with a work-related module focusing on either exercise instruction or coaching.
- Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll continue to investigate psychological aspects of sport and fitness and examine a range contemporary issues in sport.
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Sport, Fitness and Coaching uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:
- studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
- using diagrams
- finding external/third party material online.
All qualifications require you to complete learning and assessment activities within a required timescale and according to pre-determined deadlines. You will, therefore, need to manage your time effectively during your studies and the University will help you to develop this skill throughout your degree. Information on assessment will be available to you at the start of each module.
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
You do not need experience of working in sport and fitness prior to starting this degree. But you’ll find the modules and the assignments much easier and more fulfilling if you can draw on employment experience (paid or unpaid) in the sector during your study.
As part of Stage 2 work-based learning module you will need to have gained in the last eight years – depending on your professional interest – either:
- a level 2 exercise instruction qualification recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) or
- a level 2 coaching qualification from an established sport with a recognised National Governing Body.
Skills for career development
Sport and fitness employment requires well-developed skills for motivating customers, including communication skills (written, oral and online) that enhance good relationships and coaching. This degree course will improve your career potential and give you the opportunity to develop skills which employers will value, including:
- empathy with participants
- knowledge of safety and welfare issues
- understanding group and individual psychology
- searching for and presenting information
- use of IT.
Overall, you will become a more critically aware leader who can reflect on your own and others’ practice and apply scientific theory to practical situations.
The BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching is a good choice if you want to enhance your prospects in sports coaching, fitness training or the leadership of recreational groups. It is also valuable if you are self-employed in the sport and fitness sector, working at sports clubs or wishing to further your career in sports management or sports development.
Some students use this qualification as a route towards teaching physical education (PE) – note you will need to have GCSEs in English and mathematics (and possibly science) and undertake subsequent postgraduate training.
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Last updated September 20, 2018