The sport and active leisure curriculum comprises a range of courses and qualifications. These include:
- Vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC, City & Guilds)
- National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)
- A levels
- Credits toward HE courses
- Short courses including health and fitness, coaching and officiating, and sports leadership
AoC Sport is working with industry bodies such as ukactive, and sector awarding bodies to support curriculum development in colleges. Our annual Sport in the Curriculum Conference brings together employers, colleges and awarding bodies to:
- Develop employable young people and create good links between colleges and employers
We support colleges to create sustainable links with employers, in line with the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning recommendations. We also identify relevant qualifications, appropriate work experience and placements for students.
- Develop students who can progress to higher education
We make sure that colleges are able to teach a range of sporting qualifications that are recognised by universities, including relevant short courses. We also help colleges develop their own HE offer, understand the latest entry requirements from universities and help forge partnerships between universities and colleges.
- Support wider community learning and link to community providers
We help colleges form partnerships with other organisations, such as County Sports Partnerships, which enable them to team young leaders up with college-based and external projects. We also advise colleges on how to incorporate coaching and leadership qualifications into Study Programmes, and advise community organisations about how colleges can contribute to the local sporting offer.
- Identify sports leadership, coaching, officiating and administration opportunities
Colleges provide a large market for future volunteer and paid positions in sport. The College Sport Survey 2014 showed that over 30,000 students regularly volunteer in sport programmes at college. We are working with Sport England to ensure that the latest Coaching Plan for England incorporates the valuable contribution to the workforce made by colleges.
Maths through sport
AoC Sport is piloting resources and training to deliver Functional Skills and GCSE maths through sport. The project aims to contextualise all areas of the maths curriculum using sport and fitness, accompanied by workshops that bring together maths and sport staff to share ideas and best practice.
AoC Sport work with awarding bodies to fund research into relevant issues relating to issues such as progression, destination data, and sport in other areas of the curriculum.