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Sport Performance and Excellence Football Academy BTEC Level 2 Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

This one year course is suitable for students who have a keen interest in the sports industry and in particular those who are very keen about playing football.

The aims of the BTEC First 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

Three essential core units such as:
Fitness for Sport and Exercise – this unit looks at physical and skill-related fitness components and why they are important for successful sports performance. This unit is externally assessed.

Practical Sports Performance – this unit looks at rules, regulations, scoring sysstems, skills, techniques and tactics for performance in a range of different sports.

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.

Seven mandatory units such as:
The Mind and Sports Performance – this unit explores the important role sports psychology plays in the production of optimal sports performance.

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

Training for Personal Fitness – this unit looks at how to design, implement and review a personal fitness training programme.

Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Performance – this unit looks at 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.

Lifestyle and Wellbeing – this unit looks at recommended guidelines for physical activity and explores what makes a healthy diet.

Designing Exercise Programmes – this unit allows learners to design and implement different exercise programmes and monitor the progress of individuals undertaking exercise programmes.

Students will also study additional optional units designed to provide a closer focus on vocational options or support progression onto a more specialised Level 3 course.

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, Science and preferably Mathematics.


The course is coursework and exam based.  

Two units are externally assessed through exams and the rest are internally assessed through coursework.  

It is therefore important students are able to meet assignment deadlines on time and enjoy the challenge of coursework.

Each assignment will be marked and graded against the unit criteria and from there you’ll get an overall grade (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

Financial 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.

Additional costs – there will be visits arranged to various relevant sports organisations and facilities. Work experience may be a requirement of your course, this could involve a DBS check, for which there will be a cost.

Future opportunities

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence)

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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