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Sport and Active Leisure - BTEC Level 1 Diploma at East Durham College

Course description

This is a one year course that focuses on introducing you to the various aspects of sport and active leisure, including fitness testing and programming, the human body, sports training, organising events, leading activities, etc. It is also designed to encourage you to develop the personal skills and qualities you need to work in the sport, leisure or outdoor education industries. It is intended to be a practical hands-on programme for those students who prefer this type of learning compared to the rigours of academic study.

As part of your study programme you will also be required to attend Maths and English lessons if you have not already achieved a Grade C or above in these subjects. Your timetable will consist of 12 hours contact time, which includes an hour of tutorial with your Progression Coach.
Finally, you will be expected to complete a minimum of 72 hours work experience within the field of Sport or Active Leisure.

Course content


The course is quite practical in nature but also focuses on the theory behind sport and exercise. Therefore, lessons will incorporate both practical sessions, such as fitness testing and programming, as well as classroom based lessons. Other topics include How the Body Works, Assisting at a Sports Event, and Improving Own Fitness.


Entry requirements

This course is aimed at those students working below Level 2, with an interest in working in the sport or outdoor sectors, e.g. Entry Level qualifications/low grade GCSEs/an appropriate standard of literacy and numeracy.


You will be required to complete 13 individual units. These will be assessed internally by your subject lecturer, and will include observation of practical activities, assignments, and completion of workbooks.

Financial information

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

Future opportunities

BTEC Level 2 or employment in the sports/leisure industry e.g. coach, leisure attendant, etc.

Further information

Successful students will be allowed to progress to BTEC Level 2 by achieving the required grades, as well as passing functional skills. They may also move into employment in the sports/leisure industry e.g. coach, leisure attendant, etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 April 2016
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