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AS/A2 Leisure Studies

Course details

You will enjoy the course if you would like to develop:

  • An understanding of the structure of the leisure industry
  • An appreciation of the knowledge, understanding and skills required of anyone working in the industry
  • An understanding of the connections between the different parts of the industry

Unit 1 : The Leisure Industry

  • What is Leisure?
  • The range, scale and importance of the leisure industry in the UK and Europe.
  • Commercial and non-commercial sectors of the industry.
  • Customers of the leisure industry.
  • Current developments in the leisure industry, including development of electronic games, new sports and more challenging versions of traditional sports.

Unit 2 : Working Practices in Leisure

  • Safe working practices
  • Quality systems
  • Business systems

Unit 3 : The Leisure Customer

  • Operational aspects related to the leisure customer based on three organisations.
  • Marketing activities and the leisure customer. How they influence our decisions.
  • Dealing with leisure customers – practical experience.

Unit 4 : Leisure in Action

This unit gives students the opportunity to work as part of a team to plan, carry out and    evaluate a leisure event.

The students work as a team, nominating roles including Project Manager, Finance, Marketing, Secretary and Operations. 

They run as a company, holding planning meetings before the event, keeping records of decisions and evaluate the running of the event.

Unit 5 : Employment in Leisure

  • Recruitment and selection in leisure
  • Employment issues in leisure
  • Motivating staff in leisure
  • Employment law

Unit 6 : Current Issues in Leisure

This unit allows students to develop their own interest in leisure through the identification of an  issue, which will be the focus of a research project

Recent research projects include: 

  • Changes in Leisure time due to the development of electronic games.
  • The impact of illegal music downloads on music sales.
  • The influence of the media on participation in female football.
  • The influence of central funding on local sports.
  • Is racism evident in local sport.


You will have a written examination lasting for one and a half hours in Units 2 and 5.

For the other units you will be    assessed by coursework. In unit 6 you will have the opportunity to investigate in depth one issue that is of particular interest or           importance to you.  Developing ideas and after research into your chosen subject.

 What could I go on to do  after the course?

The GCE in Leisure Studies      qualifies for UCAS points so if you complete it successfully, you could move on to study for a  degree or BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma in a related subject.

You could progress to NVQs in sport, recreation and allied       occupations, to Modern            Apprenticeships or to relevant  employment.