The Curriculum

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The BTEC First Award (EDEXCEL exam board) is an alternative yet equivalent qualification to GCSE’s. Studying a BTEC can allow a balanced approach to learning whilst providing a personalised and highly effective vocational option in Sport. Students will develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context.

What will I study in Sport?
For the BTEC First Award you will study the following units:

Fitness for Sport & Exercise
This unit underpins the knowledge required for all other units in BTEC Sport. It covers, in particular, the nature of fitness and what comprises of having a good fitness level and why it is important at any level of sports participation. The unit develops the understanding of the components of fitness, how to test these components, and also how to train and improve these components of fitness. This unit will be assessed by an external on-screen test.

Practical Sports Performance
This unit specifically looks at both your ability in two selected sports and your ability to analyse and improve the performance of others. Performance and observation form a key part of this unit alongside practically demonstrating the skills and tactics required in the sport. A further understanding of the rules, regulations and scoring systems will also be developed.

Training for Personal Fitness
This unit develops the understanding of how to improve your fitness, and follows on from Fitness for Sport & Exercise. You will have to design and complete a training programme as well as understand exercise adherence strategies. Being able to review and improve your programme will also be essential.

Leading Sports Activities
This unit provides an introduction to sports leadership and the pathways into leadership and coaching. You will be required to plan, lead and evaluate activity sessions. Alongside this you will develop the knowledge and understanding of what makes a successful leader.

How and when will I be assessed?
Throughout your course you will be assessed in variety of ways. 25% of the course (1 unit) will be assessed by an on-screen external test. 75% of the course will be directly assessed by your teacher through assignment based work, comprising of assignments, presentations, verbal assessments, visual assessments, video analysis and in some cases group work, which will allow you to meet the grading criteria in several different ways. Your work will be externally verified by a moderator in order to check the standard of work produced. A BTEC can be passed at level 1 or 2. At Level 2 equivalency a Pass = C; Merit = B; Distinction = A; and Distinction *= A*.

Progression Routes
A BTEC First in Sport will aid progression to further study and prepare students to enter the workplace in due course. Typical employment opportunities may include working as a coach or as a fitness instructor. A BTEC First will allow you to gain an introductory understanding of a vocational area. It is especially relevant to any career which involves working with people. It is equally a good stepping stone into higher level courses.
When taken as part of a balanced curriculum, there is a clear progression route to a level 3 course, which can be studied at Bramcote College, or an apprenticeship.

Specialist Equipment
The BTEC Sport group is expected to wear a BTEC Sport kit. The students will be asked to make a small contribution toward the purchase of this.

For further information please speak to a member of the PE Department.