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Applied General Sport

The VTCT National Certificates and Diplomas in Sport and Exercise Sciences is a suite of five qualifications that provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to progress to higher education in a range of sports and exercise science-related disciplines.

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This suite of Applied Generals is included on the UCAS Tariff and are formally recognised as fit for purpose by higher education institutions across the UK for entry onto degree-related programmes.

The structure of these qualifications enables learners to develop academic and study skills that will support progression to higher education within sport and sport science-related sectors. The structure of the mandatory units allows for synoptic external examinations reducing the external examination burden on learners while maintaining academic rigour. All optional units are internally assessed and the range of units provide the opportunity for learners to select the units of most interest to them. Additionally, this supports progression towards study programmes allowing learners to pursue their chosen career. This could be in fields such as sport and technology, sports coaching and leadership, sports therapy, or a range of other areas.

Whilst the main purpose of these qualifications is to support entry to higher education, they may also be used to support entry to, or progression within, sport and leisure employment.

Through undertaking these qualifications, the learner will develop core and transferable skills highly recognised at higher education, in particular:

• Critical thinking and reflection of self-performance and work produced

• Use of initiative, planning and researching skills, self-management, self-motivation and the ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Innovation and creativity

• Application of knowledge and understanding to real-life examples

• Problem-solving

• Communication skills – verbal, written and visual


The Qualifications