BTEC Award in Sport

Exam Board: Cambridge Assessment International Education
Syllabus Number: 0995

Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Sport is ideal for you if you are a student in Year 10 and 11 and would like to find out more about the sport industry. This course allows you to develop knowledge and associated practical skills that can be used when working in the sport industry. The qualification is the same size and level as a GCSE.

Year on year, the sport industry shows continued growth in employment and forecasts suggest this trend will continue. This comes from increased knowledge and understanding of the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity. Sport England provides well documented research of these benefits including improvements in physical and mental wellbeing, economic development, individual development and social and community development (2020). These contribute significantly to the quality of a person's life and, as such, there is a need to ensure there are sufficient people working in the industry to meet this demand and encourage regular participation in sport and physical activity. There has never been a better time to study sport.

2 year course overview – 60% assessments and 40% exam

Component 1: Preparing Participants to Take Part in Sport and Physical Activity

30%. Internal Assessment. Externally moderated.

Learners will explore the different types and provision of sport and physical activity available for different types of participants, barriers to participation and ways to overcome these barriers to increase participation in sport and physical activity. They will also research equipment and technological advances in a chosen sport or physical activity and how to prepare our bodies for participation in sport and physical activity.

 Component 2: Taking Part and Improving Other Participants Sporting Performance

Learners will investigate the components of fitness and their effect on performance, take part in practical sport, explore the role of officials in sport and learn to apply methods and sporting drills to improve other participants’ sporting performance.

30%. Internal Assessment. Externally Moderated.

Component 3: Developing Fitness to Improve Other Participants’ Performance in Sport and Physical Activity

Learners will be introduced to and develop an understanding of the importance of fitness and the different types of fitness for performance in sport and physical activity. They will also develop an understanding of the body and fitness testing.

40%. External exam. Externally marked.

Why choose a BTEC Tech Award in Sport?

The Tech Award is for learners interested in taking a hands-on course alongside their GCSEs that will offer them an insight into what it is like to work in the sector.

The Tech Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific applied knowledge and skills through realistic vocational contexts. They will explore the different types and providers of sport and physical activity, as well as the equipment and technology available. Building on this, they will look at individuals’ differing needs, to gain an understanding of how to increase participation in sport while further developing their knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology in a contextualised way. They will then apply their knowledge and skills to planning and delivering sports activity sessions for participants in practical sessions.

In addition, this qualification enables learners to develop sector-specific skills such as sport analysis and sports leadership, and personal skills such as communication, planning, time management and teamwork, through a practical and skills-based approach to learning and assessment.

The internally assessed components are task-based and largely practical, allowing learners to demonstrate their skills and ability – and their understanding of the theoretical content – in a way that suits them.

This course builds on and uses the knowledge and skills from GCSEs. It can be complementary learning for GCSEs in Business and Biology. Successful completion of this course opens up progression to A Levels or the study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Sport which we offer in the 6th form.