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BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

The Subject Rationale

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 600,000 full-time and part-time employees, and 5 million plus volunteers. A significant proportion of the total volunteer workforce is volunteering in sport, with most of them involved in sports coaching or activity leadership.

Feedback from employers suggests that skills shortages are responsible for a large proportion of the vacancies in this sector and these BTEC qualifications draw together a range of units which provide students with a range of opportunities to develop skills demanded by employers.

What are the key features of the BTEC qualifications?

The BTEC qualifications in Sport have been developed in the sport and leisure sector to:

·         Provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees.                 

·         Give sport, leisure and recreation employees opportunities to achieve a nationally recognised level 3 vocationally specific qualification.                       

·         Give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport or related areas.                       

·         Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

·         On successful completion of a BTEC level 3 qualifications, pupils can progress to employment or choose to continue their study at University.

At Old Swinford Hospital we run both the Subsidiary Diploma and the Diploma in Sport.

Subsidiary Diploma


Equivalent to one A-Level

Equivalent to two A-Levels

Must be selected in option block A

Must be selected in option blocks A and B

5 Hours contact time each week

10 Hours contact time each week

Studied over 2 years

Studied over 2 years

Units include areas such as:

·         The Physiology of Fitness

·         Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

·         The Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

·         Assessing Risk in Sport.

Grades are awarded on a Pass, Merit or Distinction basis, with commensurately higher UCAS points for each level. The grades in each unit are then aggregated to provide an overall grade for the qualification. 

Why Choose BTEC?

The emphasis is on 'learning by doing'. Assessment on the course is mainly through the completion of written coursework assignments and projects which are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. These will include verbal presentations, group projects and practical assessments. If your preferred way of learning is practical and work related then the BTEC’s are an ideal choice.  Being vocational courses, you can learn about a particular job area and develop the skills necessary to go onto Higher Education or directly to work in that area.

Where could my studies take me?

Both the Subsidiary Diploma and the Diploma are Level 3 courses, equivalent to A Levels. They are well-respected by employers and universities. They can be combined with AS Levels and A Levels, and pupils who complete the course successfully can progress to a sports related degree such as teaching, physiotherapy and sport science as well as other non-sport related fields or employment. Past students who have studied Sport in school have gone on to become professional athletes and coaches. Many have pursued careers in physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, sports psychology or teaching and lecturing.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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  • Start date: Next September


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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.