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Sport BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma at The Axe Valley Community College

Course description

The BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Sport provides you with an understanding of the essential skills needed when looking to build a career in the sports sector. The qualification will give you insight into the various different occupational routes you can take within the sector, plus help you to progress in existing employment, or move on to further study. This course is equivalent to one A level and you will have 4 lessons per week. (One option block).

Course content

Yr1:The Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport (half unit)The Physiology of Fitness (half unit)Fitness Testing for Sport & ExerciseAssessing Risk in SportYr2:Leadership in SportPractical Team/Individual SportsWork Experience in Sport.

Entry requirements

You should have at least 5 GCSE’s at grades A*-C. An A*-C grade in GCSE PE would be essential, along with a long term interest in Sport and Physical Activity.


Each unit is an assignment (Practical and/or written) which is assessed and graded by your teacher/qualified instructor. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit and Distinction. You will have very strict coursework submission deadlines with one draft and one final deadline per assignment. The course is equivalent to one A2 level qualification. Please note that if you decide to only complete one year of the course you will still be able to achieve a BTEC National level 3 Certificate in Sport (equivalent to AS level).

Future opportunities

The qualification will give you the knowledge, understanding and competency needed when considering entering employment or Higher Education. With the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you can also progress straight into employment. If successful there are a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore, for example: Sports Management, PE Teacher, Sports coaching, Personal trainer, Physiotherapy, leisure centre assistant, Armed Forces, pool/beach lifeguard or sports development officer. This qualification is also widely accepted by Higher Education establishments and could lead to an appropriate course eg, Sports Science, Sports Coaching, Sports Management, PE Teaching, Physiotherapy, and many more. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Axe Valley Community College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years