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Sport - BTEC Level 3 at The North Durham Academy

Course description

Course Overview:

The aim of this course is to enable you to study the concept of sport from a performance and excellence viewpoint. Through practical experience and an investigative approach to theoretical aspects, you will be prepared for either further study or employment in a related field.

 

Course outline:

At North Durham Academy you could choose to study A Level Sport (Vocational) as either single or double option courses. The single option (Subsidiary Diploma) would take one of your subject choices and is equal to 1 A Level. The double option (Diploma) would take two of your option choices and is equal to 2 A Levels.

To achieve the Subsidiary Diploma you must successfully complete 60 Credits; consisting of core and optional units. Each unit is worth 10 credits (unless otherwise specified).

Students will complete the following Core units:

Unit 1 - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport (Mandatory unit). 5 Credits

Students will develop a detailed understanding of the human body systems and how they interlink to allow the body to perform sporting activities.

Unit 2 - The Physiology of Fitness (Mandatory unit). 5 Credits

This unit looks at how the physiological adaptations that the body makes in response to exercise, both short term and long term.

Unit 3 - Assessing Risk in Sport (Mandatory Unit). 10 Credits

Every sporting activity requires Health and Safety checks and must follow specific protocols. Students will assess risk within different activities, stating how they can be overcome.

Unit 7 - Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise (Mandatory Unit). 10 Credits

Students will look in great depth at the different types of fitness tests available to professional athletes and compare their results to normative data, recommending areas of improvement.

Students will complete the following OPTIONAL units:

Unit 4 - Fitness Training and Programming (Optional Unit). 10 Credits

This unit allows students to look at a variety of training methods and then develop and evaluate their own training programme, based on their individual needs.

Unit 5 - Sports Coaching (Optional Unit). 10 Credits

Students will develop and understand of the theory and the roles behind successful sports coaching and then plan and deliver some small practical sessions.

Unit 8 - Practical Team Sports (Optional Unit). 10 Credits

Students will practically take part in team sports, enabling them to develop their understanding of key rules and fundamentals of the game.

To achieve the Diploma you must successfully complete 120 Credits. Each unit is worth 10 credits (unless otherwise specified). You must successfully complete the same units as the Subsidiary Diploma as well as the following units.

Students will complete the following Core units:

Unit 11 - Sports Nutrition (Mandatory Unit). 10 Credits

This units looks at the nutritional requirements of athletes and how specific sports need specific diets to meet the demands of the body.

Unit 17 - Psychology for Sports Performance (Mandatory Unit). 10 Credits

Students will develop their knowledge of how psychological factors can affect sports performance and how they can be overcome, in order for individuals to perform to their best.

Unit 27 - Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport (Mandatory Unit). 10 Credits

Students will evaluate their own ability to perform various tactics and skills within sporting activities and make comments regarding strengths and areas to improve.

Unit 28 - The Athlete‚Äôs Lifestyle (Mandatory Unit). 10 Credits

This unit looks at the effect lifestyle factors have on individuals and how the way athletes act both on and off the pitch can affect performance.

Students will complete the following OPTIONAL units:

Unit 5 - Sports Coaching (Optional Unit). 10 Credits

Students will develop and understand of the theory and the roles behind successful sports coaching and then plan and deliver some small practical sessions.

Unit 8 - Practical Team Sports (Optional Unit). 10 Credits

Students will practically take part in team sports, enabling them to develop their understanding of key rules and fundamentals of the game.

Unit 18 - Sports Injuries (Optional Unit). 10 Credits

Students will develop their understanding of the common risks associated in sporting activities. The unit also looks at the different types of injuries that sports performers may get during physical activity and how they can be treated.

Unit 19 - Analysis of Sports Performance (Optional Unit). 10 Credits

This unit will look in depth at the analysis techniques required to enable sports performers to improve and perform at their peak of physical and skill-related fitness.

Additional Units to be taught can be chosen from:

The course will also offer the opportunity to gain other awards which include the Community Sports Leadership, First Aid, and Nutrition and Health.

 

Assessment:

Each unit is assessed by assignments, workbooks and presentations. Assignments vary depending upon the unit, but they are often of a practical and investigative nature.

 

Into the future:

This course is widely accepted as an entrance qualification to study sports related subjects at university. It is also a valuable qualification for a number of future careers in the army, as well as personal training and sports coaching.

 

How to apply:

To apply for a place at NDA16+ students should complete the application form available on our website.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. All applicants will be invited to discuss the course/courses applied for with a senior member of staff to ensure students are selecting the right course/courses. To help with the process we will also look at recent student reports and the attainment information provided by subject staff. Any offer of a place at North Durham Academy may well be dependant on students achieving specified GCSE grades.

 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

5 separate GCSE/BTEC subjects at C or above including Maths or English at C or above. It is essential that students actively participate in sport outside of school as either a participant, official or leader.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The North Durham Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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