BTEC Diploma



Work Experience

At the end of year one, you will have the opportunity to complete a one-week, sport industry-related work experience placement, aimed at your personal career development.

The Diploma is a two year course, equivalent to 2 A Levels.

Course Content

Units will be selected from core units and specialist units taught over a two year period;

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health
  • Sport and Well-Being and Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Sports Psychology
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport
  • Sports Performance Analysis.

Methods of Teaching

The course is structured to have 10 lessons per unit, per week, with one additional support session (Course Tutorial).  Each unit typically has three assignments, which are supported with ‘How To Do It Sheets’, guiding the students through the assignment, giving tips on information to include.  The whole course is supported by an excellent intranet site, containing all of the information students need, as well as additional support sessions during study periods.

Throughout the course, tutorial sessions will form a compulsory part of the timetable.  Students will meet with their course tutor weekly, discussing their current progress, gaining feedback on their assignments and receiving support and guidance in their career aspirations.  Student progress is also tracked through course tutorial, so students are aware of what grades they have achieved, and what they need to attain to achieve their desired grade.  This all forms a vital part of the student success on the course.

Where Could It Take Me?

This course would be most suitable for students who have a keen interest in sport, who wish to study sport further into Higher Education or alternatively enter employment in to the sporting industry.  Previous students have pursued various sport related degrees (in Sport Science, Sports Development and Teaching at Universities including Bath, Loughborough and Birmingham), as well as using their qualifications from the BTEC Sport course to gain employment in the leisure and sports industry.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake additional courses of:

  • HSLA
  • Extended Project
  • First Aid
  • Child Protection in Sport

There will also be an opportunity to complete sport specific leaders awards with related National Governing Bodies. These will provide excellent additional qualifications for prospective employment and unit criteria will be integrated within them. The course may also involve field trips where certain units will be studied. 

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

Due to the diverse nature of the course, a wide variety of teaching and learning styles will be utilised by the team, including group work, presentations and individual assignments. Many units will involve practical work, and assessment will be carried out on an individual and group basis, so students will be expected to fully participate.

Financial Implications

A course contribution of £20 gives the students the students a stationery starter pack and payment towards all trips across the course.  Work placements may require students to hold a valid police check (CRB). You will need to pay approximately £44 for this, however we will confirm the cost closer to the start of your course. If your family's income is low, you can apply for help to meet this cost from our Student Support Fund.