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National Award in Sport at Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Course description

Unit 1: Principals of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport This unit will explore the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory system and the fundamentals of the energy systems. You will know the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory system. You will know the different types of energy system



Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness This unit will explore the body’s response to acute exercise and how the body adapts to long-term exercise participation. You will know the body’s response to acute exercise. You will know the long-term effects of exercise on the body systems. You will investigate the physiological effects of exercise on the body systems.



Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport This unit will provide knowledge and understanding of the vital nature of risk assessment and its management within the sports industry. You will know the key factors that influence health and safety in sport. You will be able to carry out risk assessments. You will know how to maintain the safety of participants and colleagues in a sports environment. You will be able to plan safe sporting activity. Unit 7: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise This unit will provide knowledge and understanding of health and fitness assessment and the practical skills needed to work in the fitness and leisure industry (leisure club/gym). You will explore and show understanding of the physical components of fitness and their related fitness tests. You will implement health screening and monitoring tests. You will administer fitness tests and interpret the test results. The assessment of this unit will be through:


Unit 4: Fitness Training and Programming This unit will provide the knowledge and understanding to plan fitness training sessions and design fitness training programmes. You will know different methods of fitness training You will be able to plan a fitness training session You will be able to plan a fitness programme You will be able to review a fitness training programme.


Unit 8/9: Practical Team Sports/Practical Individual Sports This unit will enable students to explore the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of team/individual sports through practical participation. The unit completed will student specific. You will know the skills, techniques and tactics of team/individual sports. You will know the rules and regulations of team/individual sports. You will be able to assess your own performance in team /individual sports. You will be able to assess the performance of teams/individuals in selected sports.

Unit 17: Psychology for Sports Performance This unit will develop understanding of the psychological dimensions of sport and develop techniques to improve sporting performance. You will know the effect of personality and motivation on sports performance You will know the relationship between stress, anxiety, arousal and sports performance You will know the role of group dynamics in team sports You will be able to plan a psychological skills training programme to enhance sports performance

Entry requirements

This is a QCF level 3 qualification designed to provide a specialist, work related, vocational qualification. The BTEC Level 3 Certificate is a 30 credit qualification, the equivalent to GCE AS Level and is studied in Year 12. Students will complete Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 and Unit 7 The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is a 60 credit qualification, the equivalent to GCE A Level. Students will compete Unit 4, Unit 8/9 and Unit 17.


These qualifications have been developed in the sport and active leisure sector and give the knowledge and skills for students looking to enter the sport and leisure industry in careers such as exercise and fitness, coaching, leadership and sports development. This course enables students to continue study onto the BTEC Level 3 Diploma and NVQ’s.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Attleborough Academy Norfolk directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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