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Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness at The Open University UK will help put you on track for a career in fitness training, sports coaching or similar roles. It will develop work-related and academic skills to enhance your performance; and explore the key principles of sports science, psychology, training, coaching and leadership.

About

You’ll apply your learning to practice, focusing on meeting participants’ physical and psychological needs. By the end of the Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness course at The Open University UK, you’ll be a more effective, reflective practitioner and you’ll be well on the way to a degree.

Key features of the course

  • Offers flexible learning that fits around your sport, fitness and work commitments
  • Demonstrates a strong applied focus through the extensive use of audiovisual case studies
  • Uses innovative technology such as augmented reality to enhance your learning
  • Enables you to gain Register of Exercise Professions CPD points throughout your study
  • Builds a solid foundation for further study
Skills for career development

Jobs in sport and fitness demand well developed skills for motivating customers; including the communication skills (written, oral and online) needed to enhance good relationships and coaching. This diploma course will boost your career potential and help you develop key skills that are highly valued by employers, including:

  • leadership
  • empathy with participants
  • knowledge of safety and welfare issues
  • understanding group and individual psychology
  • searching for and presenting information
  • use of IT.

Overall, you’ll become a more critically aware leader who can reflect on your own and others’ practice and apply scientific theory to practical situations.

Career relevance

This diploma is ideal if you want to enhance your prospects in sports coaching, fitness training or the leadership of recreational groups. It’s also valuable if you’re self-employed in the sport and fitness sector, working at sports clubs or keen to develop your career in sports management or sports development. 

Other careers

Some students use this qualification as a route towards physical education (PE) teaching, although you’ll need to complete an honours degree and subsequent post-graduate training.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Time limit – 12 years
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to sport and fitness 
  • Working with people in sport and fitness
  • Sport and exercise psychology in action
  • The science behind sport and exercise

      English Language Requirements

      This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

      Academic Requirements

      • There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification.
      • You don’t need experience of working in sport and fitness prior to starting this degree. 
      • However, you’ll find the modules and assignments much easier and more fulfilling if you can draw on employment (paid or unpaid) experience.

      Getting a Student Visa

      This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        5856 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
      • EU/EEA

        5856 GBP/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
      We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
      The total cost of your qualification would be £11,712.

      Funding

      Students living outside the UK aren’t normally eligible for a tuition fee loan. We suggest checking with your national government or education authority for advice on funding.

      There are a number of scholarship opportunities listed on the Scholarship Portal website.

      The site features over 1,000 scholarships listed by country, ranging from the Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Science and Engineering, to a Young Horticulturalist of the Year Award.

      StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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