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Mackay Northern Beaches students get schooled on CQUni's fitness qualifications

Published:01 January 2019

CQUni has teamed up with Mackay Northern Beaches State High School to provide an opportunity for year 11 students to complete two Fitness qualifications in their final two years of high school.

CQUniversity has teamed up with Mackay Northern Beaches State High School to provide an opportunity for year 11 students to complete two Fitness qualifications in their final two years of high school.

The two qualifications, the Certificate III in Fitness and the Certificate II in Sport and Recreation, are delivered in-line with the students’ timetable and both qualifications will be completed by the end of Year 12.

CQUni has been working with the physical education staff at the school to develop a program that includes delivery at both the school and on-campus at the CQUni Mackay City Campus.

CQUni Fitness Teacher and program co-ordinator Nina Sandral said planning for the program began in 2018.

“We had an association with Northern Beaches High School whereby our Certificate IV in Fitness students would visit the school to instruct student groups as part of their course,” she said.

“The Physical Education staff at the school were interested in the potential of their students having a similar career path. This lead to discussion around opportunities to deliver in a format that could be integrated into the school programming. It was all very positive and we now have a class almost finished their first semester”.

The qualifications are delivered through the set school timetable, with students nominating them as one of their subjects. The high school staff, who have the required industry qualifications, teach much of the content during the timetables classes. This is then combined with regular day visits to the CQUni gym where the content and practical component of the courses can be reinforced.

Northern Beaches Physical Education Teacher Mr Steve Merchant said there had been a great response from the students.

“Having the association with CQUni has made the courses feel much more industry relevant,” he said.

“The students have really appreciated the opportunity spend time in the CQUni gym, which has provided a range of benefits including having the students instructed by the CQUni Fitness staff, the use of and experience in a great fitness facility and the opportunity to instruct a wide range of groups that they would not normally have access to. The course has provided the students many industry relevant experiences”

Ms Sandral said that CQU was ensuring that each visit by the class aligned to a different environment to extend the experiences available to the student.

“We have been able to have the class involved with a number of different groups and the outcomes have been great. We are also able to have them in groups with our regular CQU students. They are a great class, very enthusiastic and the response from the clients they have dealt with has been very positive,” she said.

To support the students in understanding where a career path through these qualifications could lead, they will also have the opportunity to participate in activities in the Sports Science Laboratory. Ms Sandral said.

“We have organised with the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science lecturers to expose the students to the type of topics they would cover if they went on to enrol in the Bachelor degree,” she said.

“The students will spend time in the lab completing testing in areas such as balance and coordination on a Biodex machine, maximal aerobic testing (V02max), force/velocity profile testing and strength testing using an isokinetic dynamometer.”