Overview

The 2 year course will consist of four units which all have equal weighting. The examination unit is Fitness for Sport and Exercise this will be delivered in both theory and practical lessons. You will also study a variety of practical sports (team and individual), sports leadership and the performer in action, this covers how the body systems function and work together. The units are divided into a number of assignment tasks which are differentiated to allow a Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

Edexcel NQF BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport- Pearson

Throughout the course, your child will complete a number of assignments with instructions on how to achieve a pass, merit and distinction grade. These assignments will focus on a variety of sports and will take them through different roles needed to work within the sports industry. The units covered during the course are:

Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise- Fitness for sport and exercise is core to the programme of study. This unit has links to, and underpins, the other units for sport. In learning aim A you will cover the components of physical and skill-related fitness and the principles of training. Learning aim B explores different fitness training methods for developing components of fitness, and for learning aim C you will gain knowledge and skills in undertaking and administering fitness tests. This unit is particularly relevant if you would like to work in sports coaching, elite sport or personal training.

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance- This unit focuses on developing and improving your own practical sports performance. This is achieved through your active participation in practical activities and reflection on your own performance and that of other sports performers. This unit introduces you to a variety of different sports and, through participating in different sports, it is expected that you will develop knowledge of the associated rules, regulations, scoring systems, skills, techniques and tactics.

Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action– For learning aim A, you’ll look at the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems and how they function normally (before a training programme, taking part in exercise/sport regularly) and how they can function as a result of taking part in training/exercise/sport over a length of time.

For learning aim B, you’ll look at the energy systems for different sporting activities. So, if a performer needs energy quickly, they’ll rely on energy already stored within the body. For a longer-term period of sport or exercise the body struggles to store a lot of energy, but it can make energy from resources inside and outside the body. By understanding how your body works and how it can be trained, as a sports performer or as a coach, you can help to make the necessary adaptations in order to produce improved sports performance.

Knowledge of the physiology of the body is useful for many careers in sport including roles in the fitness industry, which involve giving advice on training and lifestyle to clients.

Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities- This unit introduces you to sports leadership, enabling you to start on the ladder of leadership and coaching, through delivering components of sports sessions and whole activity sessions. You will be introduced to the basics of sports leadership and then will be required to plan, deliver and evaluate your ability to lead a sports activity session or component of a session.