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Sports Studies - BTEC Level 2 Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 2 Diploma qualification (formerly First Diploma) is an excellent introductory course for students wishing to further their knowledge of sport. It is extremely popular with school leavers and provides practical knowledge and experience, combining this with an academic study of the principles of the subject. The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of sport, with a view to progressing to one of our Level 3 Diploma courses, or to start work in the industry.

Course content

Students undertake three core units, covering fitness testing and training (designing and programming exercise as well as instruction), practical sport (skills and techniques, rules and regulations, scoring methods, roles and responsibilities of officials and reviewing performance) and anatomy and physiology (structures and functions of organs and body parts and energy and nervous systems in relation to exercise).

Additional specialist modules cover nutrition for sports performance, sports injuries (prevention and treatment) and planning and leading sports-related activities.

In addition to obtaining the main Level 2 Diploma qualification, students also undertake the NCFE Level 1 Award in Exercise Studies and the Sports Leaders UK Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership.

Entry requirements

Students are normally aged 16 or over and have some level of achievement in GCSE or relevant Further Education qualifications and have gained a minimum of grade D in two or more subjects, including English Language.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

Progression to Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Careers opportunities include work in leisure and recreation, fitness instruction, sports coaching, sports development and sports retail.

Further information

Myerscough College provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain qualifications in Sports Studies and Sport and Exercise Sciences. Not only will you learn practical coaching techniques but also the necessary knowledge and skills in related subjects such as injury prevention, sports nutrition, business management and organising special events.

The courses are designed as an ideal starting point for the development of 21st century sports coaches, sports scientists, managers and sports professionals – in an industry which employs more than 621,000 people in the UK.

The College works closely with the Lancashire Sport Partnership. Their goal is to increase participation in sport throughout the county, by developing and supporting sports coaches, liaising with junior sports clubs, coordinating the popular Lancashire Youth Games and building a legacy beyond the London 2012 Olympics. This opens the door to further sports such as archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, tennis, gymnastics, hockey, martial arts, outdoor pursuits, swimming and watersports, in addition to the established
sports at College such as football, rugby, golf, netball and cricket.

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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