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Sport BTEC Level 2 Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

The aims of the BTEC Diploma in Sport is to inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the sport sector and give them the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the sport sector.

 It also provides an ideal opportunity to support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic sports course or an apprenticeship.

Course content

Fitness for Sport and Exercise – physical and skill-related fitness components and why they are important for successful sports performance. This unit is externally assessed through an online exam.

Practical Sports Performance – rules, regulations, scoring systems, skills, techniques and tactics for performance in a range of different sports.

The Mind and Sports Performance – the important role sports psychology plays in the production of optimal sports performance.

The Sports Performer in Action – how the body systems respond and adapt to exercise and how the different energy systems are used during sports performance.

Training for Personal Fitness – how to design, implement and review a personal fitness training programme

Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Performance – The structure and function of the musculoskeletal system and cardiorespiratory system, and how these body systems work during sports performance. This unit is externally assessed through an online exam.

Lifestyle and Wellbeing – recommended guidelines for physical activity and explores what make a healthy diet.

Designing Exercise Programmes – design and implement different exercise programmes and monitor the progress of individuals undertaking exercise programmes.

Profiling Sport Performance – analyse and set goals to help develop sports performance

Leading Sports Activities – plan and run a series of sports coaching session

Running a Sports Event – you will plan, organise and run your own sports event.

Injury and the Sports Performer – risks, hazards, injuries and illness related to sports participation and how it is managed effectively, the rules and regulation in sport that protect us.

Carrying out a sports related project – this unit requires learners to bring together the knowledge, skills and understanding they have gained from other units of study and explore a sports-related project topic of interest to them.

Practical Land Based Outdoor & Adventurous Sport – Land based outdoor and adventurous activities encourage confidence, communication and motivation.  This unit introduces you to what is involved in these challenging and rewarding activities and gives you the opportunity to take part, learning new skills and techniques.

English and Mathematics
English and Mathematics are essential for progression into further education and employment. All learners are required to take or work towards GCSE A*-C English and Mathematics or other English and Mathematics qualifications as part of their 16-19 Study Programme, if they have not achieved this already.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade D or above including English Language or Mathematics.

It is essential you have a keen and active role within sport, whether it be coaching, officiating or performing.



A variety of assessment methods will be used including report writing, essays, presentations, group work assignments, practical observations and external exams.

The course is challenging and all staff have high expectations of our students so it is vital that you are able to meet deadlines promptly and enjoy a challenge.

Future opportunities

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport – To progress to this course you will need to achieve a distinction profile and suitable tutor report.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – To be considered for this course you will need to achieve a distinction star profile and suitable tutor report.

Alternatively you may go into employment in the sports industry as a leisure centre attendant, sports coach or an apprenticeship.


Further information

On days you have practical sessions you must bring sports kit, which includes a white t-shirt, navy or black tracksuit bottoms/shorts and trainers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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