Sport and Recreation (SfW) SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course builds on the Intermediate 1 Course but has also been designed to allow suitable candidates to enter at this level. It provides a basis for progression into further education and training/employment in the Sports and Recreation sector. The course has the following units: Assist with a Component of Activity Session, Employment Opportunities in the Sport and Recreation Industry, Assist with Fitness programming, Assist with Daily Centre Duties, The Course will enable candidates to develop the general and practical skills, knowledge and understanding and employability skills and attitudes needed in the sector. Candidates will work under supervision in an appropriate sport and recreation environment, but will be expected to become more actively involved with customers and operational staff than candidates taking the Intermediate 1 Course.

The Course content covers the main practical activities involved in carrying out a supportive role in sport and recreation environments -

  • sourcing information about career pathways, identifying and reviewing skills and experiences
  • assisting with planning, setting-up and delivering activity sessions
  • dealing effectively and courteously with clients
  • assisting with emergency procedures
  • assisting with setting-up, dismantling and checking equipment and resources
  • helping to plan and review a training programme
  • establishing good practice in identifying and reviewing goals.

The Course also covers health and safety legislation and risk assessment.

Assist with a Component of Activity Sessions (1.5 credit) In this Unit, candidates will assist in the planning and delivery of a component within activity sessions for both a group and a single client, with the person responsible. They will use appropriate resources that meet centre/organisational guidelines. They will carry out risk assessments and health and safety procedures laid out for the activity sessions. Candidates will also assist in reviewing the activity session with clients and use this review to inform the planning of future activity sessions. Candidates will carry out emergency procedures within the activity environment and complete reports and review their performance with the person responsible.

Employment Opportunities in the Sport and Recreation Industry (0.5 credit) In this Unit, candidates will source information about career pathways and identify the skills, qualifications and experience needed to pursue these. This will allow them to map their own skills, qualifications and experience against industry requirements. Using this information they will be able to identify areas where further training is required, produce a career plan and review this as necessary.

Assist with Fitness Programming (1 credit) In this Unit candidates, working with the person responsible, will learn how to develop and organise a physical training plan for a client. Candidates will assist in establishing a client’s fitness baseline taking into account the client’s overall objectives. They will work with the person responsible to address aspects of health and safety, monitor the client’s progress, carry out periodic monitoring of the client’s physical training plan, review the results and modify the physical training plan.

Assist with Daily Centre Duties (1 credit) In this Unit, candidates will gain experience in setting-up and dismantling and storing equipment. They will learn how to:

  • move and handle equipment in compliance with manufacturers' instructions and centre/organisational requirements
  • check for faults in equipment and deal with them Candidates will gain experience in cleaning and tidying areas within the organisation, as well as choosing the correct materials and the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). In addition, they will gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of relevant health and safety procedures. Candidates will learn to demonstrate a positive approach when interacting with clients, staff and others. This positive approach will include the ability to communicate appropriately, be responsive, and establish and maintain effective relationships.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

Practical elements of this course will be delivered in school sports facilities or in local external sports facilities arranged by the college, depending on location

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Delivered over 1 school academic years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

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What can I do on completion of my course?

potential to progress to National Certificate in Sport and Fitness level 4 or level 5, SQVs in Sport and Recreation, or entry into the world of work within the Sport and Leisure Industry.

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To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local UHI Argyll Centre

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