Physical inactivity is of growing concern and is now one of the top ten causes of premature death globally. In
order to stop the decline in activity, people need to know the benefits of participation in sport and physical
activity for the body systems and physical health, and also for their mental wellbeing and overall quality of life.
It is easier for people to understand the benefits if they are able to measure their progress and so knowledge of
measurements of health and wellbeing can support in demonstrating the positive effects of participation. It is
also important to know why and how levels of activity are measured, by whom and strategies that are in place
to overcome barriers to participation. This course is a way of getting a head start into the sports industry to help
make a difference.
The course consists of 5 units over two years and is equivalent to one A Level.
The units that students will study include: body systems and the effects of physical activity, sports coaching and
activity leadership, sports organisation and development, organisation of sports events and sports injury and
The course provides students with an understanding of the essential skills needed when building a career in the
sports, recreation and fitness industry, the fastest growing service industry in the world!
The course is 40% examination and 60% coursework/assignment based.
Prospective careers that you can explore are: physiotherapist, sports coach, analyst, sports development officer,
PE teacher and fitness instructor.
The course consists of seven units over two years and is equivalent to 1 A level.
• Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
• The Physiology of fitness
• Assessing Risk in Sport
• Fitness testing for sport and exercise
• Practical Team/Individual Sports
• Work Experience in Sport
• Sports Coaching
This course also will help students develop their functional skills (ICT, Mathematics and English) and their personal, learning and thinking skills.
The course is mainly assignment based through a range of method including; presentations, video logs, diary entries, case studies and work experience.
100% coursework/assignment based (NO EXAMS). There are seven units over two years.
GCSE in Physical Education (A*-C) and/or BTEC First in Sport (Pass – Distinction*) is recommended.
The course provides students with an understanding of the essential skills needed when looking to build a career in the sports sector. The qualification will give students insight into the various different occupational routes you can take within the sector, plus help you to progress in existing employment, or move on to further study. With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can progress straight into employment. If successful there are a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore, for example: leisure centre assistant, pool/beach lifeguard or sports development officer. With further study, students can develop their knowledge, which could lead to even more employment opportunities in the sport and exercise industry, such as fitness instructing/personal training, sports coaching and teaching