*GLH (Guided Learning Hours) is the approximate time that the teacher will spend supervising or directing study time and assessment activities.
For both the Award and the Certificate there are two mandatory units:
Students learn how to prepare participants to take part in physical activity so that they minimise the risk of injuries. They also learn how to respond to common sporting injuries and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions.
Students develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of training and how to keep performers in peak physical condition. They apply practical skills in fitness testing and in designing bespoke training programmes to suit individual requirements.
For the Certificate there are a further four optional units. Students select two from the following:
Students explore how the body changes and responds to physical activity. They develop knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems and some of the changes that occur in response to physical activity, both short term and long term.
Students look at some of the key elements of sport psychology and the strategies and techniques used to help sports performers maintain an effective balance between being relaxed and focused when performing under pressure.
Students explore the role that diet plays in different sports and activities and the importance of a healthy, balanced diet that includes essential nutrients in the correct quantities. They use the knowledge they gain to produce an appropriate, effective diet plan for a performer.
Students consider how various technologies are used in sport to enhance performance and the experience of sport both for performers and for spectators, as well as the career opportunities that the use of technology presents. They also explore arguments both for and against the increasing use of technology in sport.