MCAST Diploma in Sport

MCAST Diploma in Sport

MCAST Diploma in Sport
Course Code CS3-04-14
MQF Level Level 3
Duration 1 year full-time
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Foundation Certificate


2 SEC/O-Level passes/SSC&P (Level 3) passes

Preferred: English, Biology, Physical Education


A full “Secondary School Certificate and Profile” (SSC&P) at Level 2 will be accepted in lieu of one (1) O-Level pass.

Other Entry Requirements Medical clearance certificate (Form supplied by MCAST)


Obtain a Pass in the Physical Fitness Test conducted by MCAST staff which includes: 35 metre sprint, Sit and reach, Vertical jump, Beep test, Agility test.


Applicants are required to sign a consent form prior to the Fitness Test. Parental consent is required if the student is under the age of 18. (It is recommended that the applicant prepares for this test physically  over the summer period.)


Course Description This course is intended for those who wish to qualify as sport professionals and would like to work in the sport anf fitness industry. The course consists of theoretical and practical knowledge which covers all the basics of anatomy and physiology of sport and exercise, fitness testing, fitness and exercise instruction and mainstream sports. Moreover the course provides the student with quality work experience in fitness gym centres where the student will be expected to carry out a range of assigned tasks, with an emphasis on the learning aspects of the experience.  Prospective students should preferebly have a background participation in sport or physical activity.

Students will be given the opportunity to develop basic vocational skills required to further their studies in sport and fitness, as well as the opportunity to strengthen their key skills: English, Maltese, Mathematics, Science, Information and Technology, and Personal Development.

The student is required to purchase the summer and winter sports gear for MCAST practical sessions and sport events.


Study/Course Delivery This programme of study addresses the competences required as entry level to the Community Services sector. The achievement of the required underpinning knowledge and key skills will be accomplished through contextualising key skills and adopting a highly practical approach.
Assessment Assessment of the programme is an integral part of the learning process. Varied assessment methods are employed. The learning process is completed by providing students with feedback that is both formative and summative in nature.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Identify the structure and function of the main body systems and understand the short and long term effects of exercise on the body systems

2. Describe the wide range of testing procedures identifying the reasons behind testing (health and fitness, performance enhancement, designing training programmes)

3. Design a training programme based on the needs of customers and conduct fitness sessions

4. Identify mainstream sports in Malta and acquire knowledge of basic rules and regulations, as well as basic techniques and tactics.


Core Study Units
  • Anatomy and physiology in sport
  • Employment and sport
  • Fitness testing
  • Fitness instruction
  • Theory and practice of mainstream sports
  • Fundamental methodologies of physical activity and sport
  • Maltese
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Information Technology
  • Science and Technology


Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion
  • MCAST Advanced Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)
Career Opportunities
  • Gym and fitness instructors in fitness and leisure centres, health clubs, and sport clubs.