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Working and learning in sport and fitness

This module will help you apply ideas from your study to the sport or fitness environments. It will improve your effectiveness and awareness of professional issues in the workplace. It is aimed at health and fitness instructors, sports coaches, potential leisure managers and those supporting in voluntary sports clubs. You will develop reflective skills and a sound understanding of the key principles and values underlying leading and motivating people. These include interpersonal communication, instructional skills and customer care.

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1 7 4
Study method
Distance Learning
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What you will study

This module is based on studying and developing the effectiveness of working in sport and fitness environments whether it is in a voluntary, part-time or paid role. The skills of work-based learning provide a stimulating link between degree study and working practice, with a chance to study issues that are particularly relevant to those instructing, coaching or leading others in a range of sport and fitness settings. The work-based study focuses your attention on questions such as ‘will this idea work in practice?’ And on a practical level, work-based study can lighten your study workload, as you can locate part of your learning in the work place.

The module has a different approach in that within each study theme described below there is the opportunity to identify which elements best apply to the work place and study these in more depth for your assessments. The five main study themes are:

  • Encouraging and Maintaining Motivation – investigates how you and the people you interact with at work are motivated, and techniques that can be used to develop motivation
  • Communicating Effectively considers the elements of effective interpersonal communication skills and the different types of interaction between staff and customers in the workplace
  • Leading People and Teams – evaluates the skills required to lead and influence people effectively in the workplace and the management of change
  • Understanding and Enhancing Learning and Instruction investigates the theory and practice of learning generally and specifically that of instructing physical skills
  • You and Your Customers – identifies your customer segments, their expectations and how external communication with them can be most effective.

You will learn how to reflect and learn from work-based experiences, including observational and interview techniques.

This form of study is supported by a study guide, a website, a collection of topical readings and a DVD containing a range of related case studies. Most of the study guide is in print, but part is online. The online guide will direct you to electronic materials and work-related activities. This will be underpinned by tuition that will include active involvement with your tutor and access to online forums with a community of sport and fitness peers. The assessment of this module focuses on your learning and reflection of your practice.

Vocational relevance

This module is aimed at people involved in sport and fitness environments who are aiming to develop their skills and/or career in this area. It forms fifty per cent of the Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management, and twenty-five per cent of the Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness.

The module is suitable for those working in appropriate settings throughout the UK. Students in Scotland may wish to consider linking to the Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness.

After using work-based learning on this module the general insights to the sector and greater self-awareness and communication skills will make you more employable. Other instructional qualifications may be needed for those wishing to instruct or coach professionally such as those required in the OU level 2 work-based modules of the foundation degree: Making your coaching certificate count (EXC224) and Making your exercise instruction certificate count (EXF224).

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your assignments, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor will be particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. Contact with your tutor will be through the following methods:

  • online tutorials, which we strongly encourage you to participate in since most students find these extremely useful
  • online forum (email conference) within your tutor group
  • personal email or telephone.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above. 

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2015. We expect it to be available once a year.


As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

Course work includes:

4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school


This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning to help you to progress to modules at OU level 2.

There are no academic entry requirements. The module is a broad introduction to working and learning in sport and fitness settings, and no assumptions are made about the knowledge or education you bring to it. 

You don’t need experience of working in the sector prior to starting your studies. But you will find the module and the assignments much easier and more fulfilling if you can draw on your own experiences in sport and fitness environments during your study.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

Preparatory work

There are no formal qualification requirements for students joining the module. However, if you have no prior experience of higher education, or if you have not studied for some time, we would strongly advise you to make use of the OU’s wide range of introductory modules and packs.

You may wish to study the knowledge-based module Introduction to sport, fitness and management (E112) before studying E113, but this is not essential. E112 and E113 can be studied in either order.


Start End England fee Register
03 Oct 2015 Jun 2016 £2700.00

Registration closes 10/09/15 (places subject to availability)


You may need to apply for some payment or funding options earlier. Please check the Fees and Funding information or contact us for information.

This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.

Additional Costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your monthly fee and number of instalments based on the cost of the module you are studying. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. For example, you may wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Account (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or book a call back at a time that is convenient to you.

Please note: your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2016. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees. 

This information was provided on 30/03/2015.

What's included

A study guide, module reader, DVD, an online assessment guide and study planner, and a website.

You will need

Either a domestic DVD player or a computer with a DVD drive.

Although it is not essential, we recommend that you have a broadband internet connection for this module in order to get the most out of the website activities and to participate in online tutorials.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. You may also be required to perform other tasks, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment. The additional software for these tasks will either be provided or is freely available.

We recommend either of the following:

  • Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
  • Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.7 or later operating system.

A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities on your mobile device.

We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 and above
  • Apple Safari 7 and above
  • Google Chrome 31 and above
  • Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.

Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.

See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.

If you have a disability

The module makes significant use of audio and video materials that are made available to students on DVD. These can be played on either a standard DVD player or a personal computer with a DVD drive.

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.