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Sport and Active Leisure: Level 1 BTEC Diploma at NESCOT

Course description

This course is perfect for you if you want to develop your studies in sport and leisure and are looking to further your knowledge in fitness and exercise.

Course content

The course gives you the chance to find out if this type of career is enjoyable and learn vital skills that can help you progress to a Level 2 course or take work in the industries. You will study a mixture of practical and theory units on this course that will give you a good insight into the Sport and Fitness industries and the knowledge you will require to work in these types of organisations. Assessment is 100% coursework based as you will follow a study programme aimed at helping you improve your literacy and numeracy skills.

The course is made up of 8 units:

  • How the body works
  • Job opportunities in sport and leisure
  • Taking part in exercise and fitness
  • Assessing risks and hazards in sports and leisure
  • Taking part in sport
  • Organising a sport or leisure event
  • Planning your own fitness programme
  • Leading a sports and leisure activity

Entry requirements

Two E grades at GCSE, preferably English and maths, or Functional Skills at E3 maths and English.

Financial information

Additional Material Fees: £150

You will be provided with all the resources and materials needed for your programme. However, we have found in the past that learners purchase additional items and by buying in bulk we can gain a good discount.  Therefore additional material fees are expected to be paid at enrolment to cover the following:

  • Department sports kit
  • Individual unit trips
  • Level 1 coaching qualifications

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress into a range of jobs in the sports industry. Students who achieve a merit in this course have the opportunity to progress to the Level 2 Diploma in Sport.

Potential career routes in the Sports industry:

  • Children’s play worker
  • Fitness instructor
  • Leisure attendant / Duty Manager
  • Lifeguard
  • Outdoor activities instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports coach
  • Sports players
  • Sports psychologist
  • Sports therapist
  • Teaching
  • Youth worker

Further information

The core and specialist units are graded P (pass).

Students may be eligible to play for the Men's Football Academy or the College Football Squad.  Successful applicants will be invited to trials. The men's Basketball team plays in the British College Sports Participation League and the ladies football team plays in the British College Sports Performance League.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 August 2016
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    • By Road:
      Nescot is located just off the A240 (Reigate Road), close to the junction with the A24 (Ewell Bypass).  The College is just five miles inside the M25 (Junction 9).
      There is a large, free car park for use by students and visitors.

      By Rail:
      Nescot is served by two mainline railway stations.
      Ewell East (Southern Railway)
      Ewell East is a two-minute walk from the College from a public footpath leading off Platform 2.  Trains run every half-hour from London Victoria.
      Ewell West (South West Trains)
      Ewell West, which is 15 minutes walk from the College, is on the main line from London Waterloo.

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