Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Your knowledge and understanding of sport, fitness and coaching will be developed through the main teaching materials, using in-text questions, tasks and activities to support your learning. The main teaching material is offered through distance-learning modules with associated material including reading texts, audio-visual material, online material and directed reading. For the distance-learning element continuous assessment is by written tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and an end-of-module assessment (EMA) for some modules. Tutors will support your development across all learning outcomes through online tutorials, written feedback on assignments and online and/or telephone support. Peer-peer support will be facilitated through online discussion forums with other students at qualification, module and tutor group levels.
Cognitive skills are assessed by module assignments. These will allow you to demonstrate your ability to structure a clear and reasoned argument, and to critically analyse module issues. Work–based learning assignments will offer you the opportunity to:
- demonstrate independent thinking skills
- demonstrate your understanding of theoretical concepts and the underpinning principles for work roles in the sport or fitness sector
- demonstrate your ability to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge.
- show evidence of reflective practice
- use appropriate methods of enquiry.
Key skills are promoted within learning materials and as part of continuous assessment. Assessment criteria for tutor-marked assignments will require you to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a variety of formats. Learning skills focusing on planning, self-assessment, identifying strengths and weaknesses, setting priorities and targets and reviewing and reflecting are a feature of the work-based components and the general approach to key skills. Collaborative skills will be fostered through work-based tasks and case studies and by encouraging you to work together with other students online. Opportunities will be provided to help you develop your ICT skills.
Professional skills are developed as part of an increased awareness and understanding of good practice in supervising sport or fitness. The assessment of practice skills is via the work-based learning component of the degree, through the submission of assignments, supported by evidence as appropriate.