Why study community sports development?

Sport, both through active participation and spectating – makes a strong contribution to individual well-being and building community. Aside from the direct health benefits of activity, it is a major driver for the formation of local networks and groups.

This programme examines the process of developing sports in the community. It has an innovative and fresh way of understanding work with children, young people, families and communities. Bringing together informal education, community learning and development, which brings out the special contribution that community sports development workers can make. The programme focuses on building relationships and encouraging change.

Our diploma programmes are all concerned with the development of the whole person and community.

This module examines the process of developing sports in the community. Bringing together informal education, community learning and development, that community sports development workers can make.

What do you study?

You study the following modules:

  • Introducing study returning to studying learning key themes within the programme and how it works
  • Reflecting on our experiences looking at our experiences, feelings, understanding, how to build relationships on a one to one level
  • Exploring helping growing healthy and proactive relationships within communities to encourage community participation and development
  • Facilitating informal education as an educator, trusting in conversation; fostering democracy and association, exploring refection and teachings to transform values
  • Teaching and group work thinking about needs; designing programmes; teaching and managing groups; assessment and evaluation of activities to work confidently with groups
    Reflection on professional practice direct work with children, young people and communities (3 modules)
    Developing community sports understanding the role of sport and outdoor learning in local communities, growing local sports projects, encourage participation in local sports groups and outdoor learning projects. Develop coaching, involve local sports groups, organisations and networks. Evaluate community learning and outcomes.At this point you can either finish the programme or carry on to complete one further unit which leads to the Access to Higher Education Diploma.

Why add in the Access to Higher Education Diploma?

For a little more work you gain a qualification that can be compared to A levels and used to apply for a university place. UCAS – the main national route for making applications – has a new tariff or points system. It uses the credits you gain on your access programme to work out the entry points you have. The table below gives some examples – and how they stack up in relation to A levels.

In an Access programme of 60 credits, 45 of these are graded and then used to build the score.

How does Diploma Studies work?

Students can apply for this diploma programme at any time of the year. They are then registered at the nearest start point – January or September.

Most students complete these courses within 12 months. They learn through a using a mix of face-to-face practice, online forums, specially prepared interactive study materials (accesible via mobile, tablet and desk tops or simply print), and activities and assignments. Students have the support of a work place supervisor and a tutor. Materials, forums and activities are accessed, and work submitted, through our dedicated e-learning system ymoodle.

Diplomas are awarded on the basis of successful completion of a work-based placement; written assignments and activities, regular meetings with a dedicated supervisor and line manager; and submission of final professional practice assessment package.

The College is also able to organise a taught version of the diploma for agencies that have a group of students who want to complete the course with the support of a tutor. Please contact us for further information.

For more details on how to apply or if you would like to discuss any of the above or have a course tailored to your needs, please contact our Further Education Coordinator fecoordinator@ymca.ac.uk