​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 can the course lead to in terms of higher education and future careers?

Many students progress to study sport-related degrees at university, including Sports Psychology, Sports Studies and Sports Coaching. Equally, students may choose to go straight on to employment within the broad spectrum of sport-related jobs.

Entry Requirements

​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.

Extra Support

​What extra support/enrichment activities are on offer?

The department runs a wide range of visits directly related to the core content of the units studied. These will include local sports facilities and institutions such as Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, Chelsea FC, Twickenham Rugby Stadium and St Mary’s University, amongst others. Students may also complete the Community Sports Leaders Award, as well as other NGB qualifications, which includes a nationally recognised first aid qualification. Extra support for coursework assignments is provided through a weekly Workshop where students can receive extra help with their assignment completion.

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