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Sport: BTEC Subsidiary Diploma at New College Pontefract

Course description

These courses have introduced externally assessed units around the subject area of exercise physiology. The underpinning theme across all units is: the inclusion of target groups such as young people, disabilities, elderly, postnatal, antenatal and various socio-economic backgrounds. Overcoming barriers to participation and encouragement of healthy, active lifestyles.

The knowledge of human anatomy and the responses to exercise underpins the core units on both courses. The examination assessment for part of this final grade means that this unit is taught slightly differently, with students being given access to all the necessary information and then tested frequently to check learning.

The majority of the other units involve a combined theory and practical element, for example, fitness knowledge and understanding is delivered first, followed by student planned, led and reviewed sessions. Many of the facilities used are off-site leisure sector gyms and facilities. This adds realism and knowledge of the industry in everyday practice. Other units such as coaching run similarly to this (with a ‘plan, coach and review’ approach). you develop in practical confidence, leadership and co-operation as well as achieving the theoretical knowledge essential for success on this course.


Course content

The course contains both exams and coursework, involves both theory and practical application, and covers a wide range of sport, health, well-being and fitness topics such as:

• Anatomy and physiology
• Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
• Professional development in the sport industry
• Application of fitness testing
• Research methods in sport
• Skill acquisition in sport

Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language, Level 4 in science and Level 4 in PE (if studied)


The course is assessed by marking your completed portfolio of work and awarding Pass, Merit or Distinction for every unit. The maximum grade is Distinction star.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Progression to HNC Sport Science, BA (hons) or BSc (hons) Sports courses.

This course gives a flavour of degree courses and introduces basic concepts that will be studied in greater depth at university or HNC level.

Further information

What skills do I need?

· Passion for sport and exercise

· Dedication to self improvement

· Punctual and being a good attender

· Being hard working

· Being organised

· An ability to meet deadlines

How much private study should I expect to do?
Each week includes 4.5 hours per week in class study. We expect 4.5 hours outside lessons  to update and improve your classwork.

What materials will I need to purchase?
BTEC level 3 Sport textbook Book 1 and Book 2. (Both desirable rather than essential, but they support every unit for 2 years.)

What is the exam board?

This subject is for you if…
you can meet deadlines and you are a 100% attender.

This subject is not for you if…

If you prefer exams and want marks awarded for your practical performance.
“Fantastic support from all members of staff! Really enjoyable course.”

Emily Prince, King’s High School


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2018
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