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Introduction to Sport and Fitness, Short Course

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University rank #501 (WUR) Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
The Introduction to Sport and Fitness programme offered by The Open University UK is aimed at people with an interest in sport and fitness, and also those wanting to develop their career in the subject area.
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The Introduction to Sport and Fitness programme offered by The Open University UK will provide you with a sound knowledge of some of the key underpinning concepts within sport and fitness, including: the organisation of sports/fitness provision in the UK; the benefits of physical activity; fitness training principles; nutrition; and a range of contemporary issues. 

You’ll be able to apply your understanding to your own participation in sport or exercise, or to careers in the field – such as exercise instruction, sports coaching or PE teaching.

You will learn

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • describe the beneficial effects of physical activity on an individual’s physical and mental health as well the wider benefits to society 
  • identify the key components of fitness and describe the principles and methods used in sport and fitness training to develop these components
  • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of nutrition and how they can be applied to sport and fitness performance
  • identify trends of participation among specific groups in sport and fitness and how these can be addressed 
  • demonstrate an understanding of selected debates in sport and fitness and their relevance to sport and fitness settings.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The module comprises six topics:

  • Exploring Sport and Fitness: introduces the module and the module materials as well as discussing key terms to be used throughout the module such as ‘sport’, ‘physical activity’ and ‘recreation’.
  • Participation and Development in Sport and Fitness: explores the globalisation of sport and fitness as well as what factors influence sport and fitness participation amongst different population groups.
  • Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity: raws upon a range of research evidence to investigate the social, physiological and psychological benefits of participating in sport and exercise
  • Contemporary Debates: considers some of the topical debates in sport and fitness .
  • Faster, Higher, Stronger: extends your understanding of physiology to examine the components of fitness and how these can be tested and developed.
  • Eating to Win: considers the role of nutrition in sport and fitness.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • This module is a broad introduction to sport and fitness, and no assumptions are made about the knowledge or education you bring to it. As an OU level 1 module, it provides core subject knowledge and the study skills required for higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at OU level 2 and beyond. 
  • There are no requirements concerning a person’s level of fitness to take the module. There are no activities that require any sort of strenuous exercise; even the activities that involve the fitness tracker may be carried out by a friend, with only the monitoring done by you.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Milton Keynes

  • 848 - 1350 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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