(BTEC Nationals Level 3 - RQF)
Please note: government expectation is that students should not take more than one certificate course as part of an A level programme.
WHY SHOULD I STUDY SPORT?
This Sport Extended Certificate (BTEC) is a two-year modular, single A Level equivalent course which provides an introduction to the sports sector through applied learning that supports progression to higher education. It forms part of a programme of study that includes other vocational/general qualifications or A Levels.
BTEC Nationals provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by most UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications (Applied or A Level).
THE PE DEPARTMENT:
Our department is highly experienced in delivering academic and practical Physical Education courses.
We have good links with the University of Essex and Writtle University College as well as local primary schools, which enables students to develop their coaching and leadership skills.
All staff are available for students to approach for extra help. Each student will be equipped with a work booklet, which provides a logical progression through the course as well as access to an e-text book.
COURSE CONTENT EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN SPORT
Taken over two years, equivalent to A Level. The units outlined below are compulsory. The course weightings are 67% Exam and 33% Coursework (in line with other Level 3 courses).
Year 1 (Certificate)
Unit 1. Anatomy and Physiology
(Externally examined assessment)
Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.
Unit 7. Practical Sports Performance
(Internally based assessment)
Learners study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/ team sports. In this unit you will:
A: Examine National Governing Body rules/laws and regulations for selected sports competitions.
B: Examine the skills, techniques and tactics to perform in selected sports.
C: Develop skills, techniques and tactics for sporting activity (one individual and one team sport) in order to meet sport aims.
D: Reflect on own practical performance in one team and one individual sport using selected assessment methods.
Year 2 (Extended Certificate)
Unit 2. Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing: This is an externally examined controlled assessment unit. Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in health and well-being.
Unit 3. Professional Development in the sports industry – internally based assessment:
Candidates will explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry.
A: Understand the career and job opportunities in the sports industry.
B: Explore own skills using a skills audit to inform a career development action plan.
C: Undertake a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes that can lead to a successful job offer in a selected career pathway.
D: Reflect on the recruitment and selection process and your individual performance.
PROGRESSION ONTO YEAR 2
At the end of Year 1 students will be expected to have achieved a pass in Certificate Level Sport before progressing onto Year 2.
Learners must achieve a pass grade or above in all external assessments. Learners are permitted to re-sit any external assessment (a maximum of twice) during their programme; the better result will be used for qualification grading.
LEVEL 2 COACHING SPORT
AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (CSPA) 1ST4SPORT AWARDING BODY.
This is not a compulsory option but it is highly recommended for students to take this qualification to support any application to further study and employment in the sports industry. Opportunities will be available to progress to the Level 3 qualification in Year 2.
MINIMUM ENTRY CRITERIA
Standard College entry requirements and a minimum of:
GCSE English Language or English Literature
Both 1st and 2nd grade GCSE Combined Science
|if triple science is taken
Two of either GCSE Biology, Chemistry or Physics
GCSE PE (if taken) or Merit in BTEC/Level 2 Sport & PE (if taken)
WHAT CAN I DO AFTER STUDYING EXTENDED CERTIFICATE IN SPORT?
The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of study. It combines well with a large number of subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a wide range of disciplines (depending on the subjects taken alongside). Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.
College students will be able to use the College fitness centre, sports hall and the 3G outside floodlit 5-a-side pitch in addition to sporting facilities in the local area.