Please note this course is being updated to follow the new BTEC specification from 2017 onwards. This course information will be updated as appropriate.
What is this subject about?
This is a stimulating and challenging nationally recognised, vocational qualification for students wishing to progress to higher education or pursue a career in sport. This is a two year course and is the equivalent to two full A Levels.
What will I study?
This course is designed to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the broad field of sports, coaching and fitness. Examples of the units studied over the two years include: Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming, Professional Development in the Sports Industry, Coaching for Performance, Sports Psychology and The Athlete’s Lifestyle.
Learning is largely theory-based, linking the teaching and study to current and relevant practical sporting settings. Students will acquire knowledge and skills through teacher-delivered lessons and tutorials, practical lessons, individual and group research projects, visiting speakers and personal experience.
How is the course assessed?
The assessment is based on 70% coursework, consisting of written assignments, presentations and practical assessments and 30% written exams which comprises of exams for unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology and unit 2 Fitness Training and Programming. In the unit 2 exam students are given a case study to research and prepare answers for over 2 weeks before they sit the written paper.
What skills will I need and develop in this course?
Students feel that this course provides them with a wealth of skills for life and builds the confidence needed to pursue employment or higher education. You will be encouraged to develop a range of skills including research methods, delivering a presentation, portfolio building, time management and various practical skills.
What are the formal entry requirements for this course?
Practical sporting ability is required and you should have five GCSEs at Grade C or above including PE and/or Science.