St John Plessington Catholic College

About the Course:

This course is a BTEC National Award,equivalent to A Level. Do you have a genuine interest in sport? Are you interested in pursuing a  career related to physical education, sport or fitness and health?

The BTEC National Award is a natural progression from the BTEC  First Certificate and is designed to further develop students into independent learners. Throughout the course students will have  opportunities to study a variety of topics and build upon their knowledge and understanding of the world of sport. The nature of the course not only gives learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of aspects of sport but it also allows  them to improve their organisational skills, time management and the ability to apply learning to a vocational context.  Students will  develop personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.

Throughout the two years of the course, students will follow 6 units and complete a variety of assignment tasks. All assessment is  made through completion of assignments and coursework - there is no formal exam at the end of the course. Each assignment has a  specific vocational context and a scenario in order to allow pupils to relate their studies to the working environment.

Year 12

All students study the following 3 units:
Unit 1: The Body In Action
In this unit, learners extend and build upon previous knowledge and understanding of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Students will study, in-depth, the responses of exercise upon these body systems.

Unit 3: Training & Fitness for Sport
Students will learn about specific fitness components and training requirements for sport and exercise. Learners then have to plan and create their own training programme and will put this into practice.

Unit 12: Leadership in Sport
In this unit, students will develop an understanding of the skills, qualities and psychological factors required for successful sports leadership. Students will work closely with younger pupils to plan and organize sports sessions/events in order to become effective sports leaders.

Year 13

All students study the following 3 units:
Unit 2: Health & Safety in Sport
Students will study the importance of health and safety legislation, regulations and legal responsibilities involved in sporting situations. Learners will be involved in risk assessing specific activities and will visit working environments to assess how health and safety  assessments are carried out.

Unit 7: Practical Team Sports
This unit aims to develop the learners’ own practical sports performance in a variety of team sports, focusing on the application of  skills, techniques and tactics.

Unit 11: Sport & Society
Students will study how sport has evolved in the context of the wider society. They will look into the history of sport and the issues  surrounding modern day competition.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The BTEC National Award in Sport can be studied with a variety of other subjects to suit the needs of the student.

Progression Routes:

Many students who study PE at SJP continue their sporting studies at university. The BTEC National Award is an excellent preparation  or entering university courses such as Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Sports Development and PE Teaching.

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