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Sport & Active Leisure Diploma Level 1

If you enjoy playing or watching sport, and you’re looking to improve your performance, or want to make a career in sport, then this course is for you.
This course will introduce you to a side of the sports industry you may not have experienced before giving you an insight into the little things that make a big performance such as nutrition, psychology and fitness testing. You will study topics like fitness testing, practical sports performance and anatomy.

You will work closely with Level 2 Activity Leaders to assist in the planning and delivery of sports coaching sessions to young people at local secondary schools. Previous trips to support learning for this course have included Manchester United Football Club, City of Manchester Stadium, Wembley Stadium and also Woodlands Outdoor Adventurous Activities Camp.
You will complete units from a variety of sport related disciplines which upon completion will allow you to progress onto a more specialist pathway or continue to cover a broader spectrum at a higher level.

There is a balance of classroom based theory and practical activity. Theory lesson include activites involving labelling the skeletal system, creating diet plans and devising coaching sessions. Practical lessons involve participating in team and individual sports as well as exercising in the colleges gym.

Units that will be studied include-
Taking part in sport events
Managing health at work
Taking part in exercise and fitness
How the body works
Planning own fitness
Assisting a leader
Working in sport
Project job opportunities
Physical activities for children

Course Info

Level 1 - Introductory
Subject Area
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You must achieve Entry 3 in an English Initial Assessment or have the equivalent qualification. You also need a strong interest in theory and practical sport and show this at interview. You will also be required to participate in a variety of activities surrounding sports coaching, development, anatomy and leadership.

Delivery and Assessment

You will be assessed through coursework that will involve presentations, posters, reports and training plans.


Completion of this course will enable you to progress on to a Level 2 course in sport including the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport or the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership. You may also have the opportunity to study new subjects including Uniformed Public Services.

Career Opportunities

  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Therapy
  • Leisure Management
  • Personal Training
  • Gym Instructing