During the first year, students will study 10 different units. More information about these units can be found below:
PRINCIPLES OF ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY - During this unit, you will learn about the human body and how it works in a sporting context. During the unit, you will learn about each of the bodies systems including; the skeletal system, the muscular system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and the energy systems. Your assignments will be based around your knowledge of the systems and how they can be applied in a sporting context.
FITNESS TESTING FOR SPORT AND EXERCISE - This unit is highly practically based. Initially, you will learn about the range of different health and fitness tests that can be used to assess a sports performer. By the end of the unit you will have the opportunity to apply theory to practice. You will deliver, and participate in a range of different fitness tests that are used by professionals in the sports industry.
FITNESS TRAINING AND PROGRAMMING - Another practically based unit. During this unit, you will learn about the principles of fitness training and how they can be applied to develop a variety of athletes needs. By the end of the unit, you will design, deliver and review a six week training programme for a client of your choice. Assignments for this unit, are a mixture of practical and theory.
ASSESSING RISK IN SPORT - This is a very important unit for anyone who wants to work in the sports industry. When participating in sport, we are continually exposed to risk. This unit will teach you the legal issues that need to be considered before participating in sport. By the end of the unit, you will apply this to assess the risk of a sporting event, before delivering the event to members of the community.
THE PHYSIOLOGY OF FITNESS - If you enjoy sport science, then this is the unit for you! Within this unit, you will learn how the body responds to short and long term exercise. Again, by the end of the unit, you will have the opportunity to apply your understanding as you will assess a sports performers response to exercise over short and long periods. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge of sport science to monitor a sports performers physiological ability and progress.
SPORTS COACHING - This is another unit which is practically based. During this unit, you will learn about the roles, responsiblities and techniques used by sports coaches. By the end of the unit, you will plan a sports coaching session which you will deliver to local Primary School children. Throughout the unit, you will have various opportunities to gain coaching experience with the sports coaching company ProStars!
ATHLETES LIFESTYLE - This unit is always one of the most popular with students. This unit will provide you with the opportunity to understand the different pressures and demands of professional athletes. You will look at case studies of different athletes to understand how different athletes cope with pressures in different ways. By the end of the unit, you will be able to undertake a media interview as both a reporter and an athlete.
SPORTS NUTRITION - Have you ever wondered what it takes for a professional athlete to remain in optimum condition? One of the key factors to an athletes conditioning is their diet. Within this unit, you will learn the basics of nutrition, digestion and hydration. By the end of the unit, you will apply your understanding to design a diet plan which caters for an athletes needs.
PRACTICAL TEAM SPORTS - Another favourite with our students. As its name suggests, this unit is heavily practically based. At the start of the unit, you will learn about the key skills, techniques and tactics used in a number of different team sports. By the end of the lesson, you will participate in these sports yourself, assessing your ability in terms of skills, techniques and tactics.
TECHNICAL AND TACTICAL SKILLS IN SPORT - This unit is another which combines theory and practical. At the start of the unit, you will learn about the technical and tactical elements of a number of team and indivual sports. By the end of the unit, you will have to participate in 5 weeks worth of sessions in a chosen sport, where you will be required to monitor and evaluate your own technical and tactical performance.