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SPORTS SCIENCE BTEC LEVEL 3 (RPA) at Richmond Park Academy - RPA

Course description

BTEC Sport is a Level 3 qualification that is designed to develop key knowledge and practical skills required in the Sport and Leisure industry. There are two levels of qualification, the Certificate (1 year - broadly equivalent to 1 AS Level) and the Subsidiary Diploma (1 year - after completion of the Certificate - broadly equivalent to 1 A Level). BTEC Sport will build on the knowledge and skills that have been developed at GCSE and BTEC Level 2 to enable learners to seek employment in one of the best performing sectors in the UK economy. The method of assessment is modular and comprises of 4 units for the Certificate and a further 3 units for the Subsidiary Diploma.

Course content


Unit 1 - Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport An exploration of the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Unit 2 - The Physiology of Fitness Discovering the body's response to acute exercise and how the body adapts to long-term exercise participation.

Unit 3 - Assessing Risk in Sport Increasing awareness of the vital nature of risk assessment and its management within the sports industry.

Unit 7 - Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise


*3 optional units are selected from a possible 21. A final decision will be made at the start of year 13 but could include the following:

Unit 4 - Fitness Training and Programming Developing the ability to plan training sessions and design fitness training programmes.

Unit 5 - Sports coaching Developing understanding and knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, skills and techniques of a sports coach and how to apply them whilst coaching/leading sports sessions.

Unit 8 - Practical Team Sports Exploration of the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of team sports through practical participation.

Unit 9 - Practical Individual Sports Exploration of the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of individual sports through practical participation.

Unit 13 - Leadership in Sport Developing knowledge of effective sport and exercise leadership through the planning and delivery of a sport or exercise session.

Entry requirements

GCSE PE Grade B or Grade 6 or BTEC Sport Level 2 Grade Merit

Future opportunities

The sport and active leisure sector consistently outperforms the rest of the UK economy. The annual contribution of the sport sector to the UK economy is over £8 billion. This sector has more than 36,000 employers creating work for more than 600,00 full and part time employees. Students who choose to continue studying sport may apply for undergraduate courses in Physical Education and Sport and Exercise Science. Through further study at postgraduate level, this can open the door to careers in PE teaching, Physiotherapy and Sports Nutrition. Alternatively, students who wish to pursue alternative careers in this sector can train in areas such as Personal Training or Sports Coaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond Park Academy - RPA directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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