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This BTEC qualification is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. It gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. This qualification provides career development opportunities for those already in work, and progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions.
This qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level.
This course has been developed in collaboration with employers and representatives from higher education and relevant professional bodies.
Within the course there are opportunities during the teaching and students the opportunity to develop an array of skills required in the workplace, such as; phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills.
• cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
• intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
• interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.
This course will help students to build and perfect transferable skills, such as;
reading technical texts
preparation for assessment methods used in degrees.
Students will cover all mandatory units in addition to one optional unit.
Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.
Students will be assessed both internally and externally
Internally assessed units:
Most units in the sector are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification.
Learners could be given opportunities to:
• write up the findings of their own research
• use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
• carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
• demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate presentations and role plays.
The two units below are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification.
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
Unit 4: Sports Leadership
Learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Learners could be given opportunities to:
write up the findings of their own research
use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
demonstrate practical and technical skills.
Externally assessed units:
Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit. All of the units developed for external assessment are of 90 or 120 GLH to allow learners to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement. Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded. Learners are permitted to resit external assessments during their programme.
The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Business suite are:
• examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
• set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.
Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information. External assessments are available twice a year.
Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology: Written examination set and marked by Pearson (1.5 hours)
Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being: A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. In Part A, learners will be given a case study one week before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out preparation. In Part B, the supervised assessment period is
2.5 hours as timetabled by Pearson.
Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task. BTEC learning has always encouraged learners to apply their learning in realistic contexts using scenarios and realistic activities that will permit learners to draw on and apply their learning.
Grading for units and qualifications
Achievement in the qualification requires a demonstration of depth of study in each unit, assured acquisition of a range of practical skills required for employment or progression to higher education, and successful development of transferable skills. Learners achieving a qualification will have achieved across mandatory units, including external and synoptic assessment.
Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U). The grade of Near Pass is used for externally-assessed units only. All mandatory and optional units contribute proportionately to the overall qualification grade, for example a unit of 120 GLH will contribute double that of a 60 GLH unit.
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 very wide range of disciplines (depending on the subjects taken alongside). For learners who wish to study an aspect of sport in higher education, opportunities include:
BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business, if taken alongside A Levels in Business and Maths
BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology, if taken alongside A Level in Psychology
BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education, if taken alongside an A Level in English Language
BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Fitness centre manager
Secondary school teacher
Sports development officer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Clinical scientist, cardiac sciences
Health improvement practitioner
Higher education lecturer
Outdoor activities/education manager
Sport and exercise psychologist
Jobs are available with a range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including:
professional sports clubs
national sporting associations, governing bodies and other related sporting agencies
private health and fitness clubs, spas and public sports and recreation facilities
schools, further education and higher education institutions
the health sector, including the NHS.
As a sport and exercise science graduate, you may also go on to set up your own business or consultancy.
How does the qualification provide employability skills?
In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:
cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.
In order to attend Meopham Sixth Form the minimum entry requirement is 5 level 4 GCSEs, including English and Maths.
A GCSE/BTEC Level 2 in Sport is not required and students will not be at a disadvantage if they do not hold a previous Sport qualification.