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.
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).