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BTEC DIPLOMA SPORT at Peter Symonds College

Course description

The Diploma route is a two year, vocational course, equivalent to 2 A Levels. Students will study similar units to the Extended Diploma, but have the option to combine 2 other AS courses to their programme of study.

The course consists of studying 9 core units (plus 3 additional, non-core units);

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport is a unit where you explore the human body, its structure and how we use it to optimise performance in sport.

The Physiology of Fitness builds upon the Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, looking at how exercise impacts upon the body in the short term, as well as looking at the long term benefits of exercise.

Assessing Risk in Sport gives explicit awareness of the importance of risk assessment prior to and during sport. Students will look at the impact on the sports industry, as well as experience it themselves as coaches. This Unit is brought to life with field trips to Woodmill Activity Centre, analysing low rope climbing, archery and kayaking as dangerous activities!

Fitness Training and Programming is insightful into fitness training sessions, how to design them, make them specific to their sport, and even get the chance to see how effective they are by completing a six week training programme. Previously, field trips to Club La Santa (Lanzarote) have enabled student’s to experience a wide variety of training methods, including Yoga, Pilates and Ab Attack!

Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise allows students to gain an understanding of different fitness tests, their importance in health and fitness monitoring, and how they compare to the elite performers of the sporting world.

Sports Nutrition broadens the understanding of the vital role of nutrition in sport, how it differs to every day, healthy eating, and students even get to plan a two week diet plan in a sport of their choice.

Psychology for Sports Performance develops the understanding of how the power of the mind can influence performance, and which techniques are most effective in dealing with stress, anxiety and arousal in sport.

Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport gives an opportunity for students to analyse their sporting heroes, then look at themselves as sports performers, and finally compare themselves to their rolemodels, identifying areas for development.

The Athlete’s Lifestyle explores the stresses and strains of what it is to be a sports performer, how they should behave and deal with the media, and how they plan their sporting and non-sporting careers.

Additional units are selected from areas such as: Practical Sports Teams,Sport and Exercise Massage, Sports Injuries, Sports Coaching, Sport as a Business and many more.

You will have the opportunity to undertake additional courses of: CSLA, HSLA, Extended Project, First Aid and Child Protection in Sport. There will also be an opportunity to complete sport specific leaders awards with related National Governing Bodies. These will provide excellent additional qualifications for prospective employment and unit criteria will be integrated within them. The course may also involve field trips where certain units will be studied. At the end of year one, you will complete a one week, sport industry-related work experience placement, aimed at your personal career development.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*- C, including Maths and English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Peter Symonds College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years