Course Title BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport
Level: 2
Code Y169

Overview of the Course

This course will allow you to develop a broader understanding of the sports sector; including exploring sports events and an in-depth look at sports health and fitness topics. In addition it introduces a number of specialist areas and the opportunity to acquire some of the practical skills identified by employers as the fundamental building blocks for future competence in the work place. You will develop your knowledge and skills to be able to plan and lead a range of practical sports activities, helping you to improve your practical sports performance.

What are the career opportunities?

The sports industry is continually growing and is predicted to contribute £16.5 billion pounds into the economy by 2018 at a time when 95% of consumers spend money on leisure activities. This is creating a broad range of career opportunities for the suitably qualified. This qualification will support progression to a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic sport or Physical Education course or an apprenticeship. This will give you the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of junior job roles across the sport and active leisure sector. Junior job roles may include; Recreation Assistant, Sports Leader or Assistant Sports Coach.

What are the entry requirements?

Four or more GCSEs at 9-3, including English Language at grade 9-3. Regular participation in sport/training outside of college is essential.

How long is the course and when can I start?

One year course starting in September 2017.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will study twelve units across the year, two units are assessed by external examinations which you will have to complete online and is made up of multiple choice questions. 10 units will be assessed by coursework through a variety of methods and each unit will have a minimum of three assignments. A variety of assessment methods are used including; written reports, graphs, posters, projects, project plans, time constrained practical assessments, audio visual recordings, a working logbook and presentations. Each individual unit is graded Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D). The overall qualification will have two grades e.g. PP, MP, MM, DM, DD, D*D.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

As well as the technical skills that you will learn on the course, other employability skills form part of the Study Programme. These skills include; self-management, team working, business awareness and customer awareness, problem solving, communication, positive attitude to work and the use of IT. English and communication skills are particularly important, you need to be able to listen carefully to identify the needs of customers and respond effectively to questions in an open and friendly manner. Communication is a vital skill when coaching or leading activities and you will be given the opportunity to develop these skills. Carrying out calculations and problem solving is a daily feature of working in the sports sector, you will need to be able to accurately calculate the results of fitness tests, timings of sessions and the cost of staging events/activities.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement during term two. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals. Sports students have recently had successful work experience placements in the following areas: Education, Fitness Industry, Sport Therapy, Professional Coaching and Outdoor Recreation.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Sport Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising events, sport and fitness activities, course related study visits and careers events. There will be opportunity to represent college competitively as part of the overall college enrichment.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

Participation in practical lessons is an essential part of the course. A sports uniform for these practical sessions will have to be purchased at a cost of approximately £110. You will also be required to commit to six to eight hours of independent study per week. Extra cost may be incurred for compulsory study visits.

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