BTEC Sport

Why should I study this subject?

These courses have introduced externally assessed units around the subject area of exercise physiology. The underpinning theme across all units is: the inclusion of target groups such as young people, disabilities, elderly, postnatal, antenatal and various socio-economic backgrounds. Overcoming barriers to participation and encouragement of healthy, active lifestyles.

The knowledge of human anatomy and the responses to exercise underpins the core units on both courses. The examination assessment for part of this final grade means that this unit is taught slightly differently, with students being given access to all the necessary information and then tested frequently to check learning.

The majority of the other units involve a combined theory and practical element, for example, fitness knowledge and understanding is delivered first, followed by student planned, led and reviewed sessions. Many of the facilities used are off-site leisure sector gyms and facilities. This adds realism and knowledge of the industry in everyday practice. Other units such as coaching run similarly to this (with a ‘plan, coach and review’ approach). you develop in practical confidence, leadership and co-operation as well as achieving the theoretical knowledge essential for success on this course.

What will I study?

The course contains both exams and coursework, involves both theory and practical application, and covers a wide range of sport, health, well-being and fitness topics such as:

• anatomy and physiology
• fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
• Professional development in the sport industry
• application of fitness testing
• Research methods in sport
• skill acquisition in sport

What are the entry requirements?


What skills do I need?

The ability to be always punctual, and to always have a positive attitude.

The ability to produce evidence and portfolios, so computer literacy skills, use of images and video when analysing performance, knowledge and passion for exercise, health, fitness and performance are all important.

Communication skills whilst leading sessions.

Effective planning and accurate review of yourself and others. A keen interest in current affairs within sport and athletics. Know where sporting providers are locally and regularly exercise or compete in sport.

How will I be taught?

Often in the classroom. The units that require research and portfolio production are usually completed within computer classrooms. The examined units may be taught in classrooms with no computers and regular assessments will take place. Practical lessons will take place applied to the theory content taught in class.

How will I be assessed?

Pass, Merit and Distinction. 33% is externally assessed. There is an exam on Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology. There are regular exam style questions in this unit and monthly assessments. Other units are internally assessed in controlled assessment conditions, and portfolios of work are submitted.

What will the course prepare me for?

This is intended as a recognised Tech-Level qualification, equivalent in size to three A-Levels. It has been designed as a full two year programme for post-16 learners. This qualification is particularly appropriate for learners who are interested in progressing on to a career in sports development or coaching. To achieve this you would study Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Sports Management or PE at degree level.

How much private study should I expect to do?

2 hours a day outside of the classroom timetabled lessons would ensure that you achieve triple distinction by the end of two years.

What materials will I need to purchase?

New College PE kit (BTEC Sport): Football, rugby, rackets, golf, netball specific kit and equipment as advised by coaching staff Whistle

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you want to specialise in sport, you want to study sport at university and you want to work in the sport industry. You are confident at leading warm ups, you can honestly plan-coach and review and you are able to meet work deadlines to submit completed work documents.

This subject is not for you if…
you perform better in exams or if you want to study 3 different subject choices instead of specialising at 16 years of age.

“Really enjoyed my two years at college. I was successful in representing college at football, basketball and netball. The ski trip and Malta trip helped me gain experience in Sport and I will study PE at university.”
Lois Whitaker, King’s School

“Great course, we trained at the A1 football factory alongside studying this course. The teachers really help you.”
Robert Newlove, De Lacy Academy, Knottingley