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This course will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge for future study or a career in sport. It offers you the chance to gain a qualification on a more practical level.

This Extended Diploma will make up the core requirement of your Study Programme and is roughly equivalent to three A Levels.

You will gain knowledge of training and exercise and the physiological effects this has on our anatomy. You will explore how nutrition affects our health and performance and how to test for fitness.

This course is about gaining hands on experience and you may have the opportunity to work in a local primary school delivering either an after school club or PE lesson, work as an Official alongside SASP (Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership) at a Primary School Central Venue League or work with students at Selworthy School.

There are a variety of assessments that may take the form of presentations, group work, written assignments and planning/leading events. Some of the topics we cover are:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership
  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Sports Event Organisation
  • Work Experience in Active Leisure
  • Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language or Literature.

Will I have to study other subjects as well as Sport?

The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and so you do not need to study additional subjects.

Can I play sport as well?

There are lots of opportunities to play sport at Huish. Have a look at the sports enrichment pages to see what is on offer.

Where will this qualification take me?

Vocational qualifications are widely recognised by universities. Popular career choices include fitness training, sports coaching, governing body work and sports development. We will actively signpost you throughout the course to any NGB qualifications that will be of benefit to you.

I chose this course because I am passionate about Rugby and this course will help me to develop this. The course educates us on how to analyse our own sports performance, which helps us to visualise how we play from another perspective and therefore we can write about what we do well and how we would improve our weaknesses. When I leave Huish, I plan to use this sports course to help me to become a coach.

Holly Donaghy, Sport student