BTEC Sport

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BTEC EXTENDED DIPLOMA (3 A-Level Equivalent)

Subject Intent: Why Sport?

In this modern era it is important that students understand the importance of exercise and our curriculum is designed to enable learners to become confident, resilient and healthy learners, both theoretically and practically, through encouraging a lasting interest in sport and physical recreation. Applied general and A-Level routes require students to be meta-cognitive and self-regulating in their grasp of exercise physiology and each route demands a confidence in applying this knowledge into different roles within challenging environments (for instance, community fitness centres or competitive sport).

Why should I study this subject?

If you have a passion for sport and are potentially considering a career in the sport, health and leisure industries then this is the course for you. You will study a range of units from anatomy and physiology through to practical sports performance, each one designed to develop new skills and knowledge. Specialising in the study of sport is an option as you can enrol onto the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (14 units). Alternatively, you can study sport by enrolling onto the Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A-level). You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and controlled assessments. Coursework is made up of assignments on practical tasks based in workplace scenarios. Controlled assessments are again tasks based on workplace settings, but completed in realistic, time-based situations. Examinations are tests on specific course content.

What will I study?

You will complete a range of units depending upon which BTEC course you choose to study. Key units include:

• Anatomy and physiology
• Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
• Professional development in the sports industry
• Practical sports performance
• Sports leadership
• Application of fitness testing
• Sports psychology
• Coaching for performance
• Development and provision of sport and physical activity
• Investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry
• Sports injury management
• Research methods in sport
• Sports event organisation
• Rules, regulations and officiating in sport

“Everything you learn you can put into practice. I have enjoyed working with different people in the class to get more information and ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of myself. Everything has been explained well so that I can understand what to do. Doing practical sessions helps you to better understand and complete your assignments. It also helps you to work with others in your class.”

Alice Holden – Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College

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