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BTEC Health & Social Care at Norwood School

Course description

Year on year the sport and active leisure sector outperforms the rest of the UK economy. This has been a trend since the end of the economic recession of the late 1990s and researchers predict will continue to be the case for years to come, long after the sports legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.

The annual contribution of the sport sector to the UK economy is over £8 billion. This sector has more than 36,000 employers creating work for more than 600,000 full-time and part-time employees and 5 million plus volunteers. A significant proportion of the total volunteer workforce is volunteering in sport, with most of them involved in sports coaching or activity leadership.

Despite the prevalence of this sector, a third of the workforce in the sector has either no formal qualifications or are only qualified at level 1. In addition, feedback from employers suggests that skills shortages are responsible for a large proportion of the vacancies in this sector. These factors highlight the importance of formally recognised level 3 qualifications in this sector, such as these BTEC qualifications in Sport.

Recent years have seen bold attempts to regulate the sport sector and the employees and volunteers who work within it. This has included the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC), an endorsement of coaching qualifications aligned to a nationally agreed framework, and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs), a process of self-regulation recognising industry-based qualifications and practical competency, requiring fitness professionals to work within a Code of Ethical Practice.

Entry requirements

Minimum C English GCSE and preferable to have level 2 BTEC Health and Social Care

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norwood School directly.

Last updated date: 08 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years