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Level 3 Sport at Hereford Academy

Course description

This course is suited to anybody who has an interest in a career related to sport. You should have a keen interest in the sporting world and there is an expectation that you will take part in both theory and practical lessons. Students who have high independent skills and the confidence to lead others would also be suited for this course.

What topics/modules does the course cover?

In BTEC all units are internally assessed. All assessment for BTEC Nationals is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are used for grading purposes. A summative unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction:
to achieve a ‘pass' a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria

to achieve a ‘merit' a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria to achieve a ‘distinction' a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.

Learners who complete the unit but who do not meet all the pass criteria are graded ‘unclassified'. Coursework is generally theory but there will be opportunities for practical assessments. Students should be prepared to take part in both theory and practical lessons in the same day. Students will be given the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular clubs and be encouraged to help with clubs that are run for the lower school.

Candidates taking the BTEC National Subsidiary will take 4 mandatory units and 3 specialist units that amount to 60 credits. To achieve this it is expected that the students take part in 360 guided learning hours. This is equivalent to 1 GCE A-Levels.
Candidates taking the BTEC National Diploma will take 8 mandatory units and 5 specialist units that amount to 120 credits. To achieve this it is expected that the students take part in 720 guided learning hours. This is equivalent to 2 GCE A - Levels.

Also available is the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport which is worth 3 GCE A - Levels. This involves taking 8 mandatory units and 11 specialist units that equate to 180 credits. It is expected that the learner experience 1080 guided learning hours for this course.

The Mandatory units are as follows:-

• Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
• The Physiology of Fitness
• Assessing Risk in Sport
• Fitness Training and Programming
• Sports Coaching
• Sports Development
• Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
• Practical Team Sports

The remaining units are selected out of optional units :-

• Practical individual sport
• Outdoor adventure activities
• Sports nutrition
• Current issues and sport
• Organising sports events
• Instructing physical activity
• Psychology and sports performance
• Sports injuries
• Analysis of sports performance
• Leading sport activities
• Rules, regulations and officiating
• Exercise, health and lifestyle

Entry requirements

Level 3

5 GCSEs grade A* - C or equivalent (BTEC/ OCR/ NVQ)

For some courses you will be required to undertake the enhanced

Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks and references will be requested

for ALL applicants.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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