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Level: BTEC Level 2 First Award Examination board: Edexcel

Introduction to BTEC Firsts

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Additionally, they are popular and effective because they engage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: teamworking; working from a prescribed brief; working to deadlines; presenting information effectively; and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace.

Course outline

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport has been developed to:

  • encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities
  • give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through a selection of optional specialist units
  • encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units available in the qualification structure
  • provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees
  • give opportunities for sport, leisure and recreation employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 vocationally-specific qualification
  • give learners the opportunity to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences, or on to GCE A level, and in due course, to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life

Assessment method

There are three compulsory units that students will study:

  • Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (external assessment – 1 hour online exam, Year 10)
  • Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance (internal assessment)
  • Unit 3: Training for Personal Fitness (internal assessment)

And two out of three optional units:

  • The Mind and Sports Performance (internal assessment)
  • The Sports Performer in Action (internal assessment)
  • Training for Personal Fitness (internal assessment)
  • Leading Sports Activities (internal assessment)

Post 16 opportunities and careers

There are a variety of courses offered in the Sixth Form at LVS Ascot that link to this qualification. These include A level PE, and BTEC National Diploma.

The following careers can be pursued by someone with an interest in this subject PE Teacher, Physiotherapist, Coach/Trainer, Sports Management, Sports Psychologist and Sports Massage, Strength and Conditioning.

I love the way we are assessed in this course and the relevance the different topics have to careers in the sports industry. Oli

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Mrs Emma Pearce

Email: Emma.Pearce@lvs.ascot.sch.uk