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Active IQ launches GCSE-equivalent Tech Award

The Level 2 Certificate is the first technical award from Active IQ to be studied at school

Posted by Hannah Vickers | June 28, 2017 | Teaching

Active IQ has teamed up with education specialist Sports Leaders UK to create the Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Health, Wellbeing and Physical Activity Leadership Tech Award for students aged 14+. 

Launched at the Telegraph Festival of Education on 22nd June, this Key Stage 4 Tech Award is equivalent to one GCSE and is the first Technical Award qualification created by Active IQ designed to be studied at school. Pilots will run from September 2017 before the programme rolls out nationally from September 2018. 

The Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Health, Wellbeing and Physical Activity Leadership Tech Award combines Sports Leaders UK’s extensive experience in school qualifications with Active IQ’s experience in technical and vocational qualifications in the active leisure and learning sector. This enables young people to work towards gaining a Tech Award whilst also achieving a Level 2 Qualification in Sports Leadership. 

The qualification conforms to the Department for Education’s requirements for Tech Awards and meets the requirements within the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 performance measures. 

Learners will study areas such as anatomy and physiology and how this relates to exercise and fitness, health and wellbeing. They will also prepare case studies, plan and lead activity sessions. Eight modules cover the following:

  • How the body works
  • Principles of health fitness and wellbeing
  • Lifestyle behaviours for health and wellbeing
  • Exploring healthy eating
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Managing personal health and wellbeing
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Assist in planning and leading an event to promote active, healthy lifestyles

Active IQ and Sports Leaders UK will give tutor training to at least one teacher per school to deliver the Tech Award. Learners will be assessed throughout the course and be examined at the end in a Multiple-choice theory exam and graded for case study on ‘Managing Health & Wellbeing’. Learners must achieve a pass mark of 60% or above in each component to achieve the qualification: Pass is 60-69%; Merit is 70-79% and Distinction 80% or above. In addition, to gain the Sports Leaders UK qualification, the learner will be required to demonstrate the learning through volunteering.

Health, wellbeing, dietary choices and the importance of being active are all vital skills for youngsters today and this Tech Award brings these elements together in an engaging, interesting and practical way and culminates in the ability to lead others - Lucy Supperstone, Awards and Qualifications Director, Sports Leaders UK

“We are delighted to be partnering with Active IQ whose extensive experience in further education and the fitness industry has helped shape a Tech Award that can benefit from practically applied leadership learning and can lead seamlessly onto more vocational qualifications if they wish,” says Lucy Supperstone, Awards and Qualifications Director, Sports Leaders UK.  

“That said, the content we have devised can benefit every learner by developing leadership skills that are transferable to many employment opportunities. Health, wellbeing, dietary choices and the importance of being active are all vital skills for youngsters today and this Tech Award brings these elements together in an engaging, interesting and practical way and culminates in the ability to lead others.”

“It has been a privilege to work with Sports Leaders UK and we greatly appreciate their support in adapting our further education and adult qualifications for younger learners,” says Laura Sheasby, Head of Business Development at Active IQ.

“The Tech Award can be a springboard into the active leisure sector with clear progression routes to employment but also stands alone as a highly relevant course that will equip children with knowledge to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Broader than either the PE GCSE or BTEC courses, this Tech Award covers a wide spectrum of physical and mental health, wellness, activity and dietary choices that will help teenagers improve their own health, while the case study work and leadership modules will help them share their new-found knowledge with others.”

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