The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport is an Applied General qualification for post-16 workers who want to contribute to their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector.
In addition to the sport sector specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean that learners develop the transferable and higher order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. Study of sport particularly encourages the development of skills and behaviours such as teamwork, leadership, performance analysis, resilience, evaluation, analysis and synthesising concepts. These skills are highly developed through the variety of approaches to learning and teaching enabled by the specification.
YEAR 12 UNITS
Anatomy & Physiology
Having an understanding of body systems is imperative in the sports industry so that professionals can help support people who are taking part in sport and exercise. The human body is made up of many different systems that interrelate to allow us to take part in a huge variety of sport and exercise activities. For example, an athlete can go from rest to sprinting in a matter of seconds, whereas an endurance athlete can continue exercising for many hours at a time.
In order to appreciate how each of these systems function, you will explore the structure of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and energy systems as well as additional factors which affect sport and exercise performance. The anatomy and physiology of each body system and their processes are very different but work together to produce movement. You will gain a full appreciation of how the body is able to take part in sport and exercise through understanding the interrelationships between these body systems.
Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Well-Being
In this unit, you will explore the process required for screening clients and assessing their lifestyle and nutritional intake. How to interpret this information will then be examined. From this information you will explore how to make judgements on a specific individual’s current lifestyle and then suggest modifications to help improve the individual’s fitness, health and overall well-being. Fitness training methods will be examined for each component of physical and skill-related fitness. The selection of appropriate training methods for a selected individual and their application into a training programme will then be explored. To complete the assessment task within this unit, you will need to draw on your learning from across your programme.
YEAR 13 UNITS
Professional Development in the Sport Industry
In this unit, you will research the different possible careers and the associated job roles in the sports industry, then action plan your development towards achieving a selected career aim. You will analyse your own skills and identify how to develop them into a career through the use of a career plan. You will research your chosen career to understand how to access and progress within it. You will take part in application and interview assessment activities for a selected career pathway, drawing on knowledge and skills from across the qualification to identify your own strengths and gaps in knowledge and skills. You will evaluate your own performance to gain an understanding of the generic employability and specific-technical knowledge and skills required to access and progress in a selected career pathway in the sports industry.
Application of Fitness Testing
In this unit, you will explore the principles of fitness testing and examine the factors affecting the selection and administration of tests, including validity, reliability and suitability of tests. You will explore a range of laboratory and field-based fitness tests and the administration process of each fitness test. You will consider the selection of appropriate tests for specific sports performers and demonstrate your ability to conduct a range of fitness tests in accordance with the safety and ethical requirements of fitness testing. Finally, you will investigate the process of evaluating and comparing fitness test results to draw meaningful conclusions about a specific person’s fitness.
Year 12 Units - both units externally assessed :
Anatomy & Physiology - Externally assessed exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes, worth 80 marks
Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Well-Being - Externally assessed exam lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes, worth 60 marks. This unit will be assessed under supervised conditions. Learners will be given a case study one week before the supervised assessment period to carry out preparatory work.
Year 13 Units - both units internally assessed
Professional Development in the Sport Industry - Written assessment which is completed throughout the academic year.
Application of Fitness Testing - Written assessment which is completed throughout the academic year.
General Entry Requirements for The Skinners' Kent Academy Sixth Form
Minimum of GCSE Grade 4 (G4) in English and Mathematics plus 3 other GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C).
GCSE PE at grade 5 or higher would give students a distinct advantage.
Students can go on to study various sport or PE degrees at University or, alternatively, they can start employment in the sports industry as the course gives students a broad understanding around the topic.
BTEC Nationals provide a vocational context in which learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including:
• reading technical texts • effective writing • analytical skills • creative development • preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.