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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

The certificate will enable you to:

  • develop an understanding of organisational, management and regulatory contexts relevant to a range of settings in sport and fitness
  • develop the skills to reflect on work-based experience, forming new understandings of how work teams and organisations operate
  • develop an understanding of the contribution of scientific knowledge and evidence-based practice to human performance.

Learning outcomes

The certificate provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding


  • the organisation, provision and management of sport, health and fitness in the UK
  • awareness of key customer-focused principles that underpin working practice in the sport and fitness sector
  • the way the science of training and nutrition impact on sport, health and fitness.

Cognitive skills

Be able to:

  • integrate ideas and evidence to present arguments
  • make use of a variety of techniques and learning resources – reading, listening, observing and note-taking – in order to formulate questions and develop critical thinking and reflection.

Practical and/or professional skills

Be able to:

  • appreciate the wider strategic context in which work teams and organisations operate
  • demonstrate the experience, knowledge and skills that underpin good practice and apply theory to practice
  • carry out aspects of work roles in relation to sport or fitness to the standards expected in employment.

Key skills

Be able to:


  • organise and articulate opinions and arguments
  • write clearly in styles adapted to purpose and context
  • effectively identify principles of interpersonal communication when responding to others.

Improving own learning and performance

  • reflect from personal experience and apply it to learning situations.

Information and communication technology

  • use appropriate forms of ICT to communicate and present information.

Problem solving

  • identify how different perspectives inform problem-solving.

Working with others

  • work effectively with others in work situations and contexts.

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding of sport, fitness and health is developed through the main teaching materials and in-text questions, tasks and activities to support your learning. The main teaching material is offered through supported open learning modules with associated material, including module reading texts, audio-visual material and directed reading. Summative assessment is mainly by written tutor-marked assignments (TMAs), end-of-module reports and, in some cases, oral descriptions and explanations. Tutors support your development across all learning outcomes through online tutorials, written feedback on assignments and online/telephone support.

Cognitive skills are assessed by module assignments. These will allow you to demonstrate your ability to structure a clear and reasoned argument and to analyse module issues. Work-Based Learning Projects will offer you the opportunity to demonstrate independent thinking skills; to demonstrate your understanding of theoretical concepts and the underpinning principles for working in sport, fitness and health; to show evidence of reflective practice; and to use appropriate methods of enquiry.

Key skills are referenced to QCA National Standards and are promoted within learning materials and as part of continuous assessment. Assessment criteria for TMAs require you to demonstrate your ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in writing and orally. The approach taken to key skills and work based learning is to place students’ experiences at the centre of their learning, and use reflective processes to interpret these workplace experiences. Reflection helps students to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop an action plan to guide their future development.

Professional skills are developed through module work, including evidence-based project work. This is part of an increased awareness and understanding of practice in planning, delivery and evaluation of work activities, including exercise and fitness sessions. Reflection on practice will be central to this approach. There may be some development of group working skills through the use of web-based tasks.