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Sport (BTEC Level 2 Certificate)

Why study Sport?

The sports in industry is forever adapting to new trends and expectations. The focus on physical activity in this country has never been more apparent than it is currently, with more people needing support and guidance as to its importance. The role of people working in the industry is to be adaptable, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and inspirational. This course will help you to develop these skills so that you can move on to Level 3 study or the workplace.

Entry Requirements

You must have at least three grade 3s and one grade 2 at GCSE, which must include English Language. We accept Passes in Level 2 BTEC or OCR qualifications as worth up to two GCSE grade 3s each.

The Course

This course looks at various aspects of the sports industry including fitness, training, anatomy and physiology and injuries. These are very common areas in sport and we will be helping you to develop with understanding to support your progression in the future. All exercises will have a vocational context, to reflect the skills needed in the workplace. There are two examined units, so revision and exam technique will also be covered.

Course Activities

Students learn through assignments and activities such as presentations, discussions, group work, practical activities and work related learning. As this course is a mixture of internally assessed coursework and externally assessed exams/tasks, time management of self-study is very important. it is recommended that you complete approximately 9 hours of self-study per week to support your progress. This should be broken down into manageable chunks to maximise effectiveness. Self-study could include;

  • Working on coursework for a particular unit to ensure that you meet deadlines.
  • Pre-reading and note taking before next lesson topic
  • Making flash cards/posters/mind maps
  • Practicing exam questions and marking them
  • Completing a glossary of key terms

Career and Progression Opportunities

Students can progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Sport Diploma (subject to meeting the grade requirements from Level 2) and then onto university. Students may also move into apprenticeships in the sports industry or paid work as a recreation assistant, for example.

Course Structure and Assessment

This one-year course is divided into a variety of units.

Unit title Assessment
Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise
This unit looks at physical and skill-related fitness components and
why they are important for successful sports performance, the training principles, different fitness training methods, and how fitness
testing is used to determine and interpret fitness levels.
Externally assessed
Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance
This unit looks at rules, regulations, scoring systems, skills, techniques and tactics for performance in a range of different sports,
allowing learners to participate practically in selected sports and
review their own performance.
Internally assessed
Unit 3: The Mind and Sports Performance
This unit explores the important role sports psychology plays in the production of optimal sports performance.
Internally assessed
Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action
This unit explores how the body systems respond and adapt to exercise and how the different energy systems are used during
sports performance.
Internally assessed
Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness
This unit looks at how to design, implement and review a personal fitness training programme, and the importance of exercise adherence factors and strategies for continued training success.
Internally assessed
Unit 7: Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Performance
This unit looks at the structure and function of the musculoskeletal
system and cardiorespiratory system, and how these body systems
work during sports performance.
Externally assessed
Unit 9: Lifestyle and Wellbeing
This unit looks at the factors that affect being healthy, such as diet, lifestyle choices, and exercise.
Internally assessed
Unit 10: Injury and the Sports Performer
This unit which looks at the causes of injuries, their management and how best to prevent injuries.
Internally assessed


Additional Information

Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel


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