Leisure Studies




Mr K Anderson


General aims

The AS units focus on developing an understanding of the leisure industry’s structure, making students aware of the knowledge, understanding and skills required of an employee working in the industry. The A2 units encourage students to develop a greater understanding of the industry and the connections between its different parts.


Post 16


Course structure The qualification has an AS/A2 structure. It can take the form of:

• a Single Award AS GCE (3 units)

• a Single Award Advanced GCE (6 units)

All units are compulsory. External assessment will be through a written examination (question and answer booklet) lasting for one and a half hours.

Unit 1 (AS) The Leisure industry (Internally Assessed)

Unit 2 (AS) Working Practices in Leisure (Externally Assessed)

Unit 3 (AS) The Leisure Customer (Internally Assessed)

Unit 4 (A2) Leisure in Action (Internally Assessed)

Unit 5 (A2) Employment in Leisure (Externally Assessed)

Unit 6 (A2) Current Issues in Leisure (Internally Assessed)


Extra-curricular activities


Case Study visits to a range of leisure providers occurs in year one;

Lagan valley LeisurePlex, Burrendale Hotel and Country Club, Slieve Donard Health Spa, Downpatrick Cineplex, Newcastle Leisure Centre, David Lloyd Health Club, Dundonald Ice Bowl, Down Museum.

Career opportunities

The GCE in Leisure Studies qualifies for UCAS points. It gives students a wide choice of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees, BTEC Higher National Diplomas, NVQs in Sport, Recreation and allied occupations or Modern Apprenticeships. Further information is available from the regularly updated website www.edexcel.org.uk/gce.

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