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Sport Studies BTEC Single Award at Heathfield Community College

Course description

**Please note owing to curriculum changes some of the information below may be subject to change. Updated information will be made available on the College website**

Studying BTEC Sports Studies is an excellent way to combine both practical and theoretical aspects of sport. BTEC Sport Studies can be studied as a National Extended Certificate or BTEC National Diploma. The National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level whereas the National Diploma is equivalent to 2 A levels. You will learn to develop many skills already acquired in Physical Education as well as exploring new ones to push your ability further.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology

Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular & respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems

Assessment Information

Externally assessed written exam 1 hour 30

Unit 2: Fitness training & programming for health, sport & wellbeing

Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health & wellbeing.

Assessment Information

Externally assessed case study set by Pearson 2hours

Additional units below are for those students following Sports Performance & Excellence route (2 A-Levels)

Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing

Learners gain an understanding of the requirements of fitness testing and learn how to safely conduct a range of fitness tests for different components of fitness.

Assessment Information

Internally assessed

Unit 6: Sports Psychology

This unit covers the psychological dimensions of sport, and introduces psychological techniques that can be used to enhance performance.

Assessment Information

Internally assessed

Unit 8: Coaching for Performance

In studying coaching for performance, learners will develop the techniques, personal knowledge & ability to deliver coaching sessions.

Assessment Information

Internally assessed

Year 2

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry.

Assessment Information

Internally assessed

Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance

Learners study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual /team sports

Assessment Information

Internally assessed

Additional units below are for those students following Sports Performance & Excellence route (2 A-Levels)

Unit 26: Technical & Tactical demands of Sport

This unit develops understanding and apllication of technical and tactical demands of sport. This will involve analysing, observing & reviewing sports performance.

Assessment Information

Internally assessed

Unit 27: The Athlete’s Lifestyle

Learners study lifestyle factors that can affect an athlete’s performance and how the knowledge and understanding of these can help to manage this unique way of life.

Assessment Information

Internally assessed

Unit 28: Sports Performance Analysis

Learners will study methods of performance analysis, benchmarks for performance & practically develop and use tools for analysing performance and providing feedback.

Assessment Information

Internally assessed

Entry requirements

A* - C in English Language and Maths plus regular participation in sport or fitness.


See Course Content for full assessment information.

Future opportunities

Students leaving with this qualification will be able to use the points gained to gain access to universities or enter various fields within the sporting sector including leisure centre work, physiotherapy, coaching, personal training and many more.

Further information

The course combines well with most subjects but is particularly complemented by AS and A2 levels in Biology.

Student Views

“I really enjoy BTEC Sport because of the wide range of units they have on offer and the fact the course is all coursework based. This allows you to determine your final grade.” Hannah Clewley

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year National Certificate / 2 years Subsidiary Diploma / 2 years National Diploma
  • Course code: Edexcel - TBC
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
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