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Exam Board:

Pearson Edexcel


Course Title:

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport


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What does the qualification cover?

This course provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the world of sport. It incorporates important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for sport and exercise, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables you to develop and apply your knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills. The qualification is 120 Guided Learning Hours, which is the same size and level as a GCSE, is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about the sport industry. You will study three mandatory units, covering the underpinning knowledge and skills required for the sports sector:


Unit 1 - Fitness for sport and exercise

Unit 2 - Practical performance in sport

Unit 3 - Applying the principles of personal training.

You will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units by choosing one further unit:

Unit 6 – Leading Sports Activities


How will I be assessed?

There is an online screen examination in Fitness for Sport and Exercise which is externally assessed. The other three units will be internally assessed by the course teacher. Assessments consist of both theoretical knowledge and understanding, and assessments of practical performance. Pupils can achieve either a Level 1 award or a Level 2 (Pass/ Merit/ Distinction) award.



Future Careers:

If you are interested in taking your study of sport further, the subject-specific knowledge and skills outlined above, and developed through studying this qualification, will give you a strong foundation for academic or vocational study at level 3, including apprenticeships.


What other subjects go well with sport?

This qualification is designed to be taken as part of a broad and balanced curriculum at Key Stage 4. It will go particularly well alongside GCSEs in EBacc subjects (including biology), GCSEs in creative subjects (such as drama, music and art) and/or other Technical Awards (e.g. BTEC Health and Social Care, BTEC Business or Tech Award DIT) to provide both curriculum breadth and the skills you need to make informed choices about study post-16.



YearCycle 1Cycle 2Cycle 3Cycle 4

Cycle 1 and 2 will be the examined Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise, where pupils sit their exam usually in the last week before February half term.


Pupils will learn: - Components of physical and skill related fitness. - Importance of Fitness Testing

- How to administer, take part and interpret fitness tests

- Exercise Intensity, BORG and Training zones and how it can be determined

- The basic (FITT) and additional (VAR In SPAR) principles of training

- Different methods of training

- Exam revision and requirements


After sitting the Unit 1 exam pupils will then complete Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport in Cycle 3 and 4.


Pupils will learn:

- Rules, regulations, scoring systems and responsibilities of officials in two sports.

- Practical Demonstration of performance of two sports (usually Netball, Football and Rounders)

- Observation and analysis of their performance in sport.


In Cycle 1 and 2 for pupils in Year 11 they complete Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities.


Pupils will learn:

- Attributes associated with successful sports leadership.

- Pupils will be able to plan a session.

- They will also be exposed to building confidence in order to lead a session.

- Observation and analysis of their sessions.

In Cycle 3 and 4 pupils will complete Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Training which is the final unit concluding all their knowledge the pupils have learnt over the time of the course.


Pupils will learn:

- How to design a personal fitness training programme using personal information to aid training programme design whilst including basic (FITT) and additional principles of training (VAR In SPAR)

- How to safely implement a personal fitness training programme

- How to complete a training diary

- How to review their training programme and make recommendations for improving future training and performance



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St Edmund's Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.