BTEC First Certificate

BTEC First Certificate

BTEC First in Sport

The BTEC First in Sport has been designed to build on learning from Key Stage 3, for those who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4. The BTEC First in Sport also provides a good foundation for learners in post-16 education. The course also provides a good formation for further study within the sector through progression on to qualifications such as the Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Sport and Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The BTEC First in Sport has been developed in the sport and active leisure sector to:

Provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees, give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

What further education paths would this course lead to? 

BTEC Firsts are designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualifications gained from a BTEC First are suitable for school leavers who wish to embark on a vocational route through training or education following on from GCSE's or vocational qualification at Level 1. The BTEC courses are ‘mode free' and as such allow those already employed within the sport sector to study for the BTEC Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma on a part-time basis.

Key Areas 

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

What extra opportunities are available?  

Opportunities exist for students to be involved in some or all of the following activities:-  Junior Sports Leadership Award, Sports Teams such as Football, Rugby, Sports leadership, Badminton and a host of extra-curricular club and recreational activities.

What Will The BTEC First Course Cover?  

The BTEC First course will allow candidates to develop an understanding of the physiological, sociological and psychological aspects that play a part in sport and physical education. They will develop this understanding through a variety of theory and practical sessions.

Core Units

Unit 1 - On-line Exam) Health and Fitness for Sport and Exercise

This unit gives learners the opportunity to explore the components of fitness and the principles of training. It enables pupils to explore different fitness training methods and to investigate fitness testing to determine their fitness levels.

Unit 2 - Practical Sports Performance

The aim of this unit is to develop learner's knowledge of the rules, regulations and scoring systems for their selected sports. For pupils to practically demonstrate skills, techniques and tactics in their selected sports to review their own sports performance.

Mandatory Units

Unit 7 - (On-line Exam) Anatomy and Physiology for Performance

The aims of this unit is to provide the learners with the knowledge about the structure and function of the muscoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems. 

Optional Units

Unit 3 - The Mind and Sports Performance

The aim of this unit is to enable students to evaluate personality and the effects it can have on performance. It also gets students to focus on how motivation, arousal and anxiety levels can effect performance.

Unit 4 - The Sports Performer in Action

The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with knowledge about the short and long term adaptations of the bodies systems after exercise, and the different energy systems used when exercising.

Unit 5 - Training for Personal Fitness

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to design a personal fitness training programme. To know about exercise adherence factors and strategies for continued training success. To implement a self-designed personal fitness training programme to achieve their own goals and objectives. To review a personal fitness training programme.

Unit 6 - Leading Sporting Activities

The aim of this is to give learners the attributes associated with successful sports leadership. To undertake the planning and leading of sports activities. To review the planning and leading of sports activities.