St John Plessington Catholic College


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Head of Department:

Mr M Harris




BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport

Programme of study

Unit 1: Health and Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Mandatory Core Unit)

This unit will give you the opportunity to explore the essential fitness requirements and training methods used to achieve successful sports performance. You will explore a variety of training methods and investigate your personal fitness levels by participating in a series of fitness tests.

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance (Mandatory Core Unit)

You will have the opportunity to follow a variety of sporting activities throughout the course. The aim of this unit is for you to develop knowledge of the rules, skills and techniques for various sports through practical application. You will also develop in the role of coach and official within these activities. You will have the opportunity to participate in analysis of performance work.

Unit 3: Applying the principles of personal training (Mandatory Core Unit)

You will train to improve and enhance personal fitness for one activity/sport that they participated in for Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport. You must select one component of fitness and one method of training that is most appropriate, beneficial and engaging to improve their fitness for their chosen activity/sport. This may mean training with a group of friends in a local park, or using a personal fitness training programme at a local sports club or leisure centre. Whatever the setting, the design of the training programme must be tailored to meet your personal training goals, aspirations and needs.

Unit 5: The Sports Performer in Action (Optional Specialist Unit)

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the short term responses and long term adaptations to the main body systems. The unit will focus on you learning about the skeletal system, the muscular system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and energy systems. You will develop knowledge and understanding of how these systems respond to exercise.

How is the course structured?

The BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport is run over two years and content is broken down into units. Each unit is worth a specific number of points and to successfully complete the course, you must complete each unit to the required minimum standard. You must complete the selected four units in order to achieve the required number of points. Each unit contributes to 25% of the overall grading level.

How will my work be assessed?

Unit 1, Health and Fitness for Sport and Exercise, is assessed externally. This takes the form of a controlled assessment and is an online screen test. You will be tested on your knowledge of content from the unit.On completion you will be awarded the relevant PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION or DISTINCTION*  level.

The three other units are assessed through coursework completion and this means that there is no final written examination for these units. Each unit has a number of assignments to complete in order to fulfil the individual unit requirements. Within assignments, tasks will be completed to PASS, MERIT, DISTINCTION or DISTINCTION* level. Each individual assignment must be completed to the minimum required standard in order to pass the whole unit. All assignment tasks are coursework and contribute to the completion of the course.

What can these qualifications lead to?

Following a BTEC programme is an exciting way to study. It gives you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that you will need in the world of work and university. BTEC courses put you more in charge of your own learning and allow extensive opportunities to develop the ability to work with independence. 75% of the course is assessed through coursework assignments and 25% of the course is assessed through an online controlled assessment.