Endorsement proves your training has met strict criteria, undergone a rigorous evaluation process by a panel of experts, giving it added value to both employers and potential students.
Endorsement is currently available for a range of different types of provider – discover more about which endorsement options could be most relevant to your business.
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For those interested in the social and political aspects of sport, graduate level courses in Sports Development are often an ideal option. Higher Education Endorsement not only allows Higher Education Institutions delivering sports development degrees to identify their programme of study as high quality courses with relevance to the industry today. It also directly links their students to employment opportunities through a high level of practical experience and work with relevant contacts.
The benefits of Higher Education Endorsement for Sports Development include:
The approval process for Higher Education Endorsement for Sports Coach Education consists of two stages.
Stage 1: Complete the application form and mapping documents, including submitting documentary evidence to support your application.
This will then be evaluated and feedback will be given. Once stage 1 approval is achieved, the application will proceed to the second stage of the approval process.
Stage 2: A site visit will be arranged with your evaluator. This Quality Inspection will concentrate on assessing the quality of practical assessment and course elements linked to vocational skills.
Following this, a written report will be produced outlining what, if any, actions are required. Once approval is confirmed, formal notification of Endorsed status will be issued.
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Sports Coaching can be a highly professional and specialised career option, requiring significant intellectual expertise, good decision making skills and well developed communication abilities. Many degree courses in sports coach education more than adequately cover the knowledge and subject matter required to understand what to coach, but it is also important to ensure that enough practical experience of coaching is included in graduate level qualifications. Much research indicates that sports coaches learn and develop significantly from undertaking and reflecting on practical experiences and an effective degree course in sports coach education should integrate the intellectual and practical elements of sports coaching in a cohesive and coherent curriculum.
Higher Education Endorsement subsequently not only allows Higher Education Institutions delivering a degree in sports coach education to identify their programmes of study as high quality courses with relevance to the industry today, but it also ensures that students receive a well founded education in sports coaching. It also directly links students to potential employment opportunities through intrinsically delivering practical experience and work with employers in the field into the course. Sports Coaching in the UK is guided by the UK Coaching Framework and Higher Education Endorsement is a key part of the aim to develop a world-leading coaching system in the UK.
The benefits of Higher Education Endorsement for Sports Coach Education include:
Leeds Metropolitan University
The aim of the course is to produce playwork practitioners who are able members of the children’s workforce, skilled in practice and well versed in theory. Graduates of the course will engage with the complexity of play and its deferred benefits for both the child and wider community. They have a wide range of inter-disciplinary skills and competencies. These include an ability to facilitate, enable, mediate, motivate, empathise, advocate and develop policy and strategy.
The course therefore aims to:
Leeds Metropolitan University
The BA (Hons) Sport and Recreation Development at Leeds Metropolitan University has recently been updated to incorporate an even stronger focus on employability. Students are offered numerous, high-quality opportunities to acquire real-world experience. This culminates in a unique approach to the final-year independent study, with Leeds Metropolitan students working in partnership with a wide range of external organisations on authentic sport and recreation development projects. Allied to a commitment to sport inclusion and critical thinking, this ensures that graduates are well positioned to succeed across a range of sectors in a highly competitive jobs market.
Sheffield Hallam University
The Sport Development with Coaching course at Sheffield Hallam University provides a broad, multidisciplinary introduction to the subject. Students learn how to plan and deliver sport to different groups and communities in the UK, while examining all levels of sport development, from foundation to excellence. Working with our many partners, students have the opportunity through both work placements and volunteering to acquire a range of vocational experience.
University of Portsmouth
Sports Development at Portsmouth takes a broad approach to the subject; not only helping prepare students with the specific employment skills to work within the sports development sector, but also allows students to identify their own areas of interest as the course progresses, offering a wide variety of career choices on graduation. Some of the key themes developed while on the course include; sport in society and its application to sports development, sports coaching and work placements, sports management and business, plus elements of sport and exercise science.
The University of Chester
This degree programme defines sport development as a proactive intervention that normally involves targeted work with specific sections of the community or with certain sports. The BA (Hons) Sport Development programme is vocational in its philosophy, and therefore concerns itself specifically with a community’s development of sport, as well as community development through sport. The programme allows students to evaluate the evidence base for the strategies for changing and challenging behaviour – which is a fundamental part of sport development.
Many higher education courses in the UK relate in some way to exercise and fitness, with large numbers of graduates seeking employment in the fitness sector. Higher Education Endorsement not only allows Higher Education Institutions delivering fitness degrees to identify their courses as relevant to the industry today. It also directly links their students to employment in the fitness industry by offering graduates of endorsed courses direct entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
The benefits of Higher Education Endorsement for Fitness courses include:
* REPs membership has a joining cost of £25 (price subject to change)
With rising fees and high expectations, endorsement is an ideal way to ensure both students and parents see the worth of attending univiersity. Higher Education Endorsement provides clarity for students, parents and employers, highlighting degrees which are recognised as meeting national standards.
By developing closer links between higher education and industry, Higher Education Endorsement aims to ensure that those looking for a career in sport and active leisure can gain the right knowledge and experience to succeed.
This will also promote the importance of graduate level skills to employers and ensure there are high-level educated and employable graduates in the sector.
The benefits of Higher Education Endorsement include:
The Higher Education Endorsement Scheme is currently being developed across the different sub-sectors in sport and active leisure. Choose an area below to discover more about specific endorsement options, including further benefits and how to gain SkillsActive approval for a higher education course.