You do not need experience of working in sport and fitness prior to starting this diploma. But you’ll find the modules and the assignments much easier and more fulfilling if you can draw on employment experience (paid or unpaid) in the sector during your study.
As part of the Stage 2 work-based learning module you’ll need to have gained in the last eight years – depending on your professional interest – either:
- an exercise instruction qualification recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) or
- a coaching qualification from an established sport with a recognised National Governing Body.
If you do not hold a suitable qualification prior to commencing the module, you’ll need to obtain one in parallel with your OU studies. For details of those certificates and levels which are acceptable, view the list of acceptable qualifications.
How much time do I need?
Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner
- Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
- This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
Counting previous study
You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification, if you have:
- already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
- other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs
Find out more about credit transfer
Preparing for study with an Access module
If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:
- a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
- support from a dedicated team throughout your study
- detailed written feedback.
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