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Sport and Active Leisure BTEC Diploma Level 1 at York College

Course description

The programme content includes a comprehensive introduction into the health, fitness and sports industry. Students will investigate how the body works and how to plan and take part in improving their own fitness and that of others. Students will also investigate the sports industry and how to lead sporting activities as well as assist in organising and running a sports event. Focus will be given to exploring job opportunities in the sports industry and the skills required to work in the industry such as assessing risks and hazards and dealing with accidents and emergency situations.

Course content

You will be expected to complete Functional Skills in Maths and English to give you the best opportunity of gaining employment or continuing to a higher level course.

Units covered include:

Taking Part in Exercise and Fitness
Planning Own Fitness Programme
Improving Own Fitness
Work Skills
Job Opportunities in Sport and Active Leisure
Working in Sport and Active Leisure
How the Body Works
Working in a Team
Taking Part in Sport
Assisting a Leader of Sports or Active Leisure Activities to Plan and Deliver an Activity
Assisting at a Sport or Active Leisure Event

Entry requirements

A minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade E, one of which must be English (grade 2+). Students should also have a genuine interest in taking part in sport and the sports industry.


The assessment will involve a range of both written assignments and practical observations by your tutor. As part of your tutorial programme your course tutor will provide you with the help and guidance necessary to complete any assignments and structure your practical assessments.

Depending on the level you achieve on your initial assessment at the start of the course you may be required to sit a computer based exam for the Functional Skills units of the course.

Future opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course you may wish to progress to the Level 2 Diploma course in Sport or the Level 2 Diploma course in Public Services. (This is also subject to a good course report and recommendation from your course tutor). Some students may wish to pursue entry to employment in the sports and fitness industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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