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Sport and Exercise Sciences (BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma) at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

Year on year the sport sector out performs the rest of the UK economy; this has been the case since the economic recession of the late 1990s ended, and researchers predict this will be the case for years to come, long after the London summer Olympics and Paralympics of 2012 have been and gone. The annual contribution of the sport sector to the UK economy is over £8 billion. This sector has over 36,000 employers creating work for over 600,000 full- and part-time employees, and over five million volunteers. In recent years, sport and exercise scientists have been a growing presence in the world of sport, and as we look to the future all the signs suggest their influence in sport will increase. From the elite performers’ reliance on a large support team, to the casual gym user’s use of ergogenic aids, sport and exercise sciences’ core elements — anatomy, physiology, psychology and biomechanics — are seen in almost every aspect of, and activity within, the sport sector. The BTEC National Award in Sport and Exercise Sciences is equivalent to one A-Level and will give learners a solid and sound foundation in the sector, whilst also developing the essential skills required for employment, career progression, or progression to further qualifications and training. What is the course structure? The course is made up of six units – four core units and two specialist units What subjects will I study? Six core units: Anatomy for Sport and Exercise Sport and Exercise Physiology Sport and Exercise Psychology Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences Specialist units: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise Sport and Society METHODS OF ASSESSMENT: The course is continuously assessed through assignments, projects and case studies. You will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on your own and in groups. The course uses practical activities, presentations and involvement with local business wherever possible. In addition to the subjects listed above, students will also complete the Sports Leaders Award Level 2.

Entry requirements

You will normally need to have at least one of the following: ?A BTEC First Diploma in a related subject such as Sport Science (Merit or above) ?At least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (Preferably in English, Maths and Science) ?Successful interview

Future opportunities

BTEC Nationals are valued by employers and higher education (universities and colleges). The BTEC National Award in Sport and Exercise Sciences provides very good preparation for going onto a BTEC Higher National or a degree in Sports Science and related subjects. If you want to get a job straight away, you could work in the Health and Fitness Industry, Sports Therapy, Sports Development or Coaching. If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as: Sports Therapy, Sports Studies, Coaching Science, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sport Science, Physical Education, BEd (to go into teaching). You could take this short course with a related GCE or other qualification to prepare for further education in areas of sport such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport and Exercise Science or related degree programmes. You could also go on to study an NVQ vocational qualification in Sports Development, which could be work-based. With further training and , you could go into a job related to sport such as a Sport Coach, Trainer or Gym Instructor . The course provides a work related programme of study so you could go straight into a job as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for, especially in the sport and exercise sector.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff. To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff. For more information see the Edexcel website –

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year