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Sport BTEC National Diploma at Richard Hale School

Course description

Exam Body: EDEXCEL

What students can expect of the course:

  • This course involves both classroom and practical activities, but students need to be aware that they will be participating in sport for very few lessons. They will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.
  • Students will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques, and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.
  • The BTEC National Diploma may, if the timetable allows, be combined with GCSE re-sits or a single AS level in another subject.

    All students in year 12 will start the course studying for the BTEC National Diploma (18 units), which is the equivalent of three A levels. In year 13 some students may change to study for the BTEC National Certificate (12 units) which is the equivalent of two A levels.

    Students will also complete the Level 2 Community Sports Leaders Award in Year 12 and the Level 3 Higher Sports Leadership Award in Year 13.

  • Course content

    1. The Body in Action: Explores the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems, and how each responds to exercise.
    2. Assessing Risk in Sport: Gives learners knowledge and experience that can be used to help promote a culture of health and safety in sport
    3. Fitness Training and Programming: Skills and knowledge to plan a fitness training programme and to monitor and evaluate it.
    4. Sports Coaching: Understanding the role of the coach in promoting a positive coaching experience.
    5. Sports Development: Background of sports development, key providers and the structures and functions they use, and the roles that currently exist.
    6. Fitness Testing for Sports and Exercise: Be able to prepare for, and conduct, appropriate fitness test and be able to analyse results.
    7. Practical Team Sports: How to improve performance in sport, knowledge of rules and regulations, as well as the ways in which you can measure and assess performance.

    Added to this there will be 11 Specialist units to be taken, including a Work-Based Experience in sport.

    Entry requirements

    This course is intended to cater for students who might not have the entry requirements for full AS courses. However, students applying for the course are expected to have achieved an average of C grade in most of their GCSE subjects.


    Please note that all units for this Diploma are coursework.

    Future opportunities

    Students will gain a nationally recognised level 3 vocational qualification which will allow them either to enter employment or progress to higher education.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Hale School directly.

    Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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