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Sport & Outdoor Adventure

Fitness is a growing industry in the UK, and more than 400,000 people work in sport and the outdoors industry. And where better to learn your trade than in the stunning natural adventure playground of the Lake District. This is a job we would all look forward to getting up in the morning for!

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Course Overview

Why study this course?
- Use of outstanding local facilities
- Regular engagement and links with industry professionals
- Additional qualifications and opportunities on the course

On this course, you will study the theoretical side as well as getting involved in actual sports. Above all, you will get the opportunity to get out and take part in the sports that you love. The course usually takes place over three days.

You will benefit from taking part in sport at a variety of outstanding local facilities, including Carus Green Golf Club, Kendal Leisure Centre, Ulverston Tennis Centre, Kendal Squash Club. You will also benefit from small class sizes and will work with industry professionals in a variety of settings to support your career in the Sport and Leisure Industry.

The course involves a variety of visits to enhance student knowledge and the ability to work with employers. Recent trips have included visits to St George's Park (Football Association National Centre), Etihad Campus, Sports City and the Manchester Velodrome.

The course will allow you to develop your organisational skills through planning sports events, motivational skills through delivering exercise sessions and leadership skills through the various additional courses.

This course will be both practical and theory based.

Units and modules include:
- Fitness for Sport and Exercise
- Practical Sports Performance
- Carrying Out a Sports-related Project
- The Mind and Sports Performance
- The Sports Performer in Action
- Training for Personal Fitness
- Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Performance
- Designing Exercise Programmes
- Work Experience in Sport
- Leading Sports Activities
- Lifestyle and Well-being
- Running a Sports Event
- Sports Community Volunteering

Students will complete a variety of assessments throughout the course for example, leaflets and posters, written reports, onscreen test, practical assessments, group discussions and presentations.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

Entry Requirements

You should have four GCSEs at 3 or above, including English, or a Level 1 Diploma at Merit or Distinction.

After Your Course

Progression from one level to another is subject to successful completion of your courses including Functional skills and a tutor reference. As the course is the equivalent of four GCSEs at grade A*-C, you can progress on to higher level study on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport or gain employment in the sports and leisure industry, or progress to BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, Outdoor & Adventurous activity.

We work closely with Kendal Leisure Centre, and there are many opportunities throughout the year for students to gain employment and support at local sporting events. We also work closely with Carus Green Golf Club, Westmorland FA, Rugby Union South Cumbria, Netherfield Cricket Club, Kendal Rugby Club, Kendal Squash Club and Phoenix Fitness as well as local primary schools to ensure leaners gain essential experience to allow them to progress to higher level studies or employment.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700