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National Diploma Sport Science +A Levels Level 3

Level 3

Key Facts

Level:Level 3

Full-time/part-time:Full time

Duration:2 Year

Location:Lincoln Campus

Course Code:SPL0175AA1

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This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment after further study at university. However, it also supports learners who choose to progress directly into employment, as the transferrable knowledge, understanding and skills will give learners an advantage in applying for a range of entry level roles or ‘school leaver’ industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as sport and fitness training, coaching, and sports performance research. Accompanying subjects that would support learners’ progression to these Higher Apprenticeships, could include A Level Mathematics or Biology. In addition to the sector-specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferrable and higher order skills which are valued by higher education providers and employers. For example, the study of field- and laboratory-based fitness testing requires learners to carry out laboratory-based sport science tests, and then to analyse and draw conclusions from their findings. This activity requires the application of the higher order skills of analysis, evaluation and justification. Units studied include: Functional Anatomy; Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology; Coaching for Performance and Fitness; Specialised Fitness Training; Sport and Exercise Physiology; Field and Laboratory- based Fitness Testing; Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science; and Sports Massage. Students will be required to conduct work experience on this programme where a DBS check may be required. This programme may be studied alongside a Specialist Sport Academy option of: Football Academy; Netball Academy; or Rackets Academy (Squash; Badminton; Tennis; Table Tennis).
You will need 5 GCSEs Grade A* to C or equivalent (including a Grade 5 or above in English Language and Maths; and a Grade C or above in Science). Relevant A-Level specific entry criteria will also need to be met. You will be required to attend an interview and provide a reference (from an employer or recent school/college report) along with evidence of specific and sustained interest and motivation in sport; and an ability to cope with a programme of physical activity.
Assessment is through a combination of internally-set and externally-set coursework, online assessments and practical assessments. Assessment is a through a combination of coursework and examination for the A-Level subjects. Progression: Lincoln College offer a guaranteed entry on to a range of Foundation Degrees and Career Degrees: FdSc in Sports Coaching, Education and Development; FdSc in Sports Therapy, Health and Fitness; BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching, Development and Pedagogy; and BSc (Hons) in Sport Therapy. When taken alongside other qualifications in the Study Programme, students can also progress on to Higher Education courses at other institutions, for example: taken alongside an A Level in Sociology, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Social Science, leading to a sports coaching role; taken alongside an A Level in Biology, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation, leading to roles as a sports rehabilitator or physiotherapist; taken alongside an A Level in Mathematics, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences, leading to roles such as a physical education teacher.

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