Advanced Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

Advanced Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

The Coleman College Sports and Exercise Science programme is designed to give the learners an understanding of the sport sciences and exercise sciences and the practical skills required to work in the sports and fitness industry.

This qualification provides advanced knowledge to the key concepts and practical skills required in the sports sector to aid career progression.

The advanced diploma aims to develop:

  • analysing, synthesising and summarising skills;
  • critical and logical review of sports information research;
  • ability to read and use appropriate literature with a critical understanding;
  • ability to think independently and solve problems;
  • recognising and utilising different advantages of various sports; and
  • ability to carry out measurements in various sporting activities and uniquely responding to each in a customised manner

Course Outline

The programme consists of 12 modules:

  • Research Project
  • Functional Exercise Physiology
  • Field-based Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • Sport and Exercise for Specific Groups
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Wellbeing
  • Sport Development
  • Rules; Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Leadership in Sport

Module Synopsis/Objectives:

Research Project

This unit is designed to allow learners become confident in the use of research

techniques and methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research including the proposal, a variety of methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research itself and presenting the findings. To complete the module satisfactorily, the learners must also understand the theory that underpins formal research.

The research itself is dependent on the learner, the context of their area of learning, their focus of interest and the anticipated outcomes. The unit draws together a range of other areas of content within the programme of study to form a holistic piece of work that makes a positive contribution to the learner’s area of interest. Learners should seek approval from their tutors before starting the study.


Functional Exercise Physiology

In this unit learners will use their knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology and apply the basic principles and concepts in a practical physical activity setting.

Throughout this unit learners will look at how energy release is utilised and controlled, how cardiovascular and respiratory responses to physical activity are affected and adapted, and how neuromuscular and hormonal changes occur when undertaking both acute and chronic exercise. In addition to these elements, learners will consider the effect of environmental influences such as heat and altitude.

The emphasis of the unit is on the application of knowledge in a practical setting, and the use of laboratorial techniques gained from previous study would be advantageous. The sum of this information and the emphasis on practical application will aid the learner to apply each of the principles to a range of vocational settings.


Field-based Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

In this unit, learners will start by analysing the concepts of reliability and validity of fitness assessment. These concepts are then applied to a range of fitness assessments.

In addition to understanding the physiological basis of these tests, learners will consider the practicalities of the test protocols while gaining the practical skills and competencies required performing these tests.

At the end of the unit learners will be able to select and perform field-based fitness tests and interpret the outcomes as part of a fitness profile.


Analysis of Sports Performance

Learners will select a specific sport, depending upon their own areas of interest. They will learn about the performance demands of selected sport including the skills, techniques, physical fitness requirements, skill related requirements and psychological requirements.

Learners will then assess the sports performance of an individual, they will identify appropriate tests and carry out these tests on the individual to analyse their sports performance. Learners will then consider factors that affect performance, primarily concentrating on the physiological and psychological factors.

At the end of the unit, learners will be able to provide detailed feedback to the individual to help them to improve their sports performance.


Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences

In this unit learners will develop an understanding and appreciation of the importance of adhering to health and safety protocols when conducting experiments and tests, and develop skills to become adept at handling and interpreting scientific data.

The unit introduces laboratory and experimental methods in kin anthropometry, giving learners a valuable experience for higher level experimental work. Learners will also be introduced to alternative anthropometric methods, develop the practical skills necessary to use anthropometric techniques and explore factors which might affect accuracy of results. Learners will apply statistical analyses to determine the degree of relationship or difference between the alternative anthropometric methods, and the implications this may have for predicting the percent body fat of an individual. Learners will progress to practical assessment and interpretation of the anthropometric somatotype.

The unit enables learners to estimate the aerobic fitness of an individual using alternative mode of assessment. Learners will explore and account for any differences in the prediction of aerobic fitness which might occur and interpret the aerobic fitness levels of the individual against normative data, and data for elite performers, highlighting strengths and providing recommendations for improvement.


Skill Acquisition in Sport

Within this unit, theoretical and applied learning contexts are combined to allow the learner to examine traditional areas of skill acquisition through a practical learning environment. Learners will discover how to use essential techniques for skill acquisition in practical and simulated environments through investigating different leadership behaviours and types of skill presentation first hand. This will give learners a greater understanding of the key theories of learning within sport. Alongside this practical learning environment, learners will start to adopt an evidence based practice approach to their work on session plans to develop an effective learning environment. This will help them to prepare for the continuing rigours within higher education and careers within sports coaching and teaching, child development and elite performance analysis.


Sport and Exercise for Specific Groups

The unit is particularly relevant for individuals aiming to work in the exercise and fitness industry, sports leadership, PE teaching, sports coaching or health promotion. Sport and exercise professionals may work with special groups in a teaching, coaching or instructing context.

The unit will explore the considerations needed when working with children, older adults, individuals with a disability, ante/postnatal women and referred clients. This includes anatomical and physiological changes, contra-indications to exercise, exercise guidelines and planning sport or exercise programmes and sessions.

Learners will look at working with children in mixed ability groups. They will examine common impairments and the structure of disability sport as well as the integration of disabled individuals into able-bodied sport or exercise mainstream sessions. GP referral schemes are examined and health and safety considerations when working with special groups are explored.


Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Wellbeing

The unit covers exercise, diet, stress, smoking and alcohol consumption and the ways that these factors can affect the quality of life of an individual. In this unit, learners will examine the relationship between lifestyle and health and look at current recommended dietary guidelines as well as methods of weight management. Learners will also explore strategies to manage stress, reduce alcohol consumption and stop smoking, analysing their success and effect on the ‘health of the nation’.

This unit provides opportunities for learners to plan, cost and manage a    lifestyle improvement programme for a selected individual.


Sports Development

This unit introduces learners to sports development and the diverse work of sports development officers. Learners will explore the key concepts in sports development including the sports development continuum, target groups and barriers to participation. Learners will also explore the cross-cutting agendas in which sports development plays a significant role. Participation in sport and exercise is at the core of the work of any sports development officer.

Learners need to understand what may prevent people from participating in sport, whether it is cultural, financial or for another reason. Learners will identify the needs of key central and local target groups and what can be done to allow these groups more access to sport and exercise. Learners will also study sports development in practice including within local authorities, sport’s National Governing Bodies, voluntary clubs and other organisations. Learners will examine quality assurance in sports development, studying methods of measuring quality and their advantages and disadvantages.

Sports development is largely about project management. These projects are seldom delivered in isolation, and learners need to develop an understanding not just of other stakeholders or funding sources but also the protocol for designing and delivering a multi-agency project. Learners will be expected to investigate different organisations involved in sports development. These organisations can help with funding, sponsorship or even assist in supplying volunteers for events and research.


Rules; Regulations and Officiating in Sport

In this unit learners will examine the rules of a selected sport. The unit requires learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of all the officials who participate in a selected sport. Learners are also required to analyse the performance of officials in a selected sport, as well as officiate a selected sport themselves.


Assessing Risk in Sport

This unit gives learners knowledge and experience that can be used to help promote a culture of health and safety in sport. Also, this unit develops learners’ awareness of the importance of health and safety legislation, regulations and legal responsibilities of all those working in sporting situations.


Leadership in Sport

This unit gives learners the knowledge and skills required to plan and lead sport or exercise activities; it also gives learners their first step into sports leadership. The unit looks at the qualities necessary for effective sports leadership. Learners will be able to identify the qualities required by studying real examples of successful leaders, including those they have worked with or those they have observed in the community.

On completion of this unit learners will understand the key concepts of effective leadership and will have developed the skills required in the planning, delivery and review of the activity session.

Scope of Study

Principles, theories and cases studies related to sports and exercise science

Delivery Mode

Lectures, Tutorials, Discussions, etc

Commencement Dates / Intakes

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Course Duration

The course duration is 10 months of institutional training – Fulltime

Maximum allowed period for the student to complete the course is 18 months

Class Period

Monday to Friday

3 contact hrs per session, 5 sessions per week

15 contact hrs per week

Course Fees

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  • Individual Assignment Work
  • Examination

Assessment Methods

No Assessment Type Mark allocation
1. Individual Assignments or : Varies depending on individual module
2. Examination/ Practical Examination : Varies depending on individual module
Total Marks 100 % Marks

Assessment Grading Criteria

Distinction   :  >75%

Merit             :  66% – 75%

Pass               :  50% – 65%

Fail                :  <50%

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Not more than 3 months from the date of Final examination

Qualification Award

Advanced Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science awarded by Coleman College

Graduation Requirements

Pass all required assessments and assignments

Teacher Qualifications

The Council for Private Education (CPE) is duly notified of all the teachers in Coleman College. All teachers have the required qualifications. Please refer to Our Teachers list in the website for more details.

Average Teacher-Student Ratio is 1:40

Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subjected to the maximum allowable seating capacity

Progression Pathway

Graduates who wish to further their studies in this field may apply for a relevant programme offered by other institutions or universities. Admission is subject to these institutions’ or universities’ entry requirements at the point of application.

Age: At least 17 years old
Academic: Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science or equivalent
Work Experience: Minimum 2 years working experiences at supervisory level in sports industry, and a diploma in another field of study to waive academic entry requirement
English Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 or a pass in GCE ‘O’ Level English or equivalent

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