This is a practical and work-related course. Students will gain an introduction to the knowledge and skills required in the sports industry. Prospective students should have a keen interest in Physical Education and Sport and might be considering a career within the sport or physical education sectors. The course will provide a coherent introduction to the study of sport and, with additional qualifications, will prepare students for further study at College or University. It will be particularly beneficial to those intending to pursue any health, fitness or sports-related vocation such as recreation management, sports development, coaching or teaching.
Skills gained will provide a broad introduction to the sports sector. You will gain a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology, fitness and how to deliver sport and physical activity.
The course is made up of 5 units, 2 units are externally assessed and 3 internally assessed.
Each internally assessed unit consists of 3, 4 or 5 theoretical and/or practical assignments graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. An overall grade of Pass (E at A Level) Merit (C at A Level) or Distinction (A at A Level) is calculated from the grades obtained in each unit.
Assessment is ongoing, including practical skills and performance so full attendance is essential.
• Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity - The structures and functions of the key body systems, how these support and impact performance in sport and physical activity, and the effects that physical activity can have.
• Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership - The roles and responsibilities of coaches, developing coaching skills, planning and delivering a series of sports or activity sessions and using feedback to improve future coaching or activity leadership.
• Sports Organisation and Development - The organisations involved in sport in the UK, their roles and responsibilities and how they work together. They will also cover sports development, who gets targeted, why it is carried out and how success can be measured.
• Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise – Carry out performance profiling and analysis, and providing feedback.
• Practical Skills in Sport and Physical Activities – The application of skills, tactics, techniques and knowledge in individual sports, team sports and OAA.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, as well as Maths and English GCSE Grade 4 minimum. A Pass grade in a Key Stage 4 BTEC Sport course would benefit, but not essential. Extra-curricular (school PE/Sports club) attendance and out of school (local sports club) participation will support the practical units.
You could take this short course with a related GCE or other qualification to prepare for further education in areas of sport such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport Management or related degree programmes. You could also go on to study an NVQ vocational qualification in Sports Development, which could be work-based. With further training, you could go into a job related to sport such as a Sport Coach, Trainer or Gym Instructor . The course provides a work related programme of study so you could go straight into a job as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for, especially in the sport and exercise sector.