BTEC First Award in Sport

Course Leader: Mr Myhill
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Examination Board: Edexcel

Why should I study this subject at Key Stage 4?

Year on year, the sport industry shows continued growth in employment and forecasts suggest this trend will continue. This comes from increased knowledge and understanding of the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity. This qualification enables learners to develop sector specific skills such as sport analysis, sport leadership and personal skills such as communication, planning and time management, through practical and skills-based approach, investigating provisions for sport including equipment and facilities to enhance sport, planning and delivery of sport drills and sessions and fitness for sport including fitness testing and methodology.

What does the course involve?
The BTEC course involves students producing assignments in different modules. These modules are Fitness for Sport and Exercise, Practical Performance in Sport, Applying the Principles of Personal Training, The Mind and Sports Performance, The Sports Performer in Action,  Leading Sports Activities. Fitness for Sport and Exercise is assessed externally by an online exam, consisting of multiple choice, short and long answer questions. Students will be taught each of the 3 units one after each other. Unit 1 Fitness for Sport and exercise and Unit 2 Practical Sport performance can be taught mostly through practical settings (as can Leading Sports Activities -if we select this unit). The other units are mainly classroom theory based units.

Differences from GCSE
Within the BTEC your sporting performance is assessed through a written assignment including skills involved and a self-analysis, whereas the practical aspect of the GCSE is assessed through performance only. The BTEC course has a 25% external exam and 75% internal assignments.

Skills developed
The BTEC framework comprises skills that are essential to success in learning, life and work. In essence, the framework captures the essential skills of managing yourself, managing relationships with others, managing your own learning, performance and work. It is these skills that will enable you to enter work and adult life more confident and capable.

Studying Physical Education in the Sixth Form

Students can continue to study BTEC Sport here at Thomas Gainsborough School.

Extra Curricular

A wide range of sport related extra curricular activities are available after school.