The accreditation programmes at NSS
The National Sport School enables student-athletes to pursue, from an early age a specialised sports training programme from year 7 to year 11. Throughout the five years of secondary school, the students are presented with around 500 hours dedicated to develop their sporting talents. The school wanted to give value and acknowledgment to all these hours of training. Therefore two programmes have been concluded and accredited at level MQF 2 and Level MQF 3 of the Malta Qualifications Framework. Programme 1 is the Foundations in Sports Specific (MQF 2) and programme 2 is the Progressive Sports Specific (MQF 3). Both programmes are outcome based and target specific knowledge, skills and competencies that the student-athletes are expected to attain at the end of the programmes.
The Foundations in Sports Specific (MQF 2) course is delivered during the first two years of Secondary education (Year 7 & Year 8). It comprises three modules which each student-athlete will have to follow. Module 1 encompasses Fundamental Skills in athletics, gymnastics and swimming. The basic skills of these 3 core sports disciplines are taught and developed with all students irrespective of their main sports discipline. These reinforce coordination, balance, agility, speed, strength and flexibility. Module 2 comprises Sports Specific training in one of the 20 main sport disciplines offered at the school. Each student-athlete trains and develops the sporting ability in his/her sports discipline focusing on knowledge skills, and competencies. In Module 3, the student-athletes’ development is enriched through specialised lessons, talks or workshops delivered by professional speakers in the fields of: sport physiology, sports psychology, nutrition and communication and media. In order to be rewarded a certificate, each student-athlete is expected to undergo 3 assessments of the main sport every scholastic year. Students are graded using performance level descriptors. Students will sit also for a written assessment. The written exam will assess the content of fundamentals (gymnastics, athletics and swimming) and also the content of specialised sessions of Module 3.
On the other hand, the Progressive Sports Specific (MQF 3) course is delivered during Years 9, 10 and 11 of Secondary education. It covers two modules. Module 1 continues to develop the student-athletes’ main sports area whilst Module 2 continues to develop topics in sport physiology, nutrition, sport psychology, and communication and media. These are extremely important areas for successful athletes. The Ongoing practical assessment is the same as the one adopted in Foundations in Sports Specific MQF 2, however it will be spread over three years and in the final scholastic year there will be only two assessments instead of three (November and February). During Year 11 student-athletes will also sit for a written assessment. This will consist of two papers. Paper 1 will assess the content delivered in the specialised lessons while Paper 2 will focus on the student-athletes’ chosen field of sport. Finally, the results are issued and according to the marks recieved the student-athletes are given a level from 1-4. This certificate has the same value as a University of Malta Matriculation certificate and the student-athletes can present this certificate to apply for post secondary schools.