Ormiston NEW Academy

Excellence through Endeavour

Sports Studies

  • Head of Subject: Mrs L Hennessy
  • Years taught: 9 to 11

Key stage 4

  • Qualifications: BTEC Award in Sports Studies
  • QAN Code: 600/4779/3
  • Examining body: EDEXCEL

What you will study

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 BTEC Firsts in Sport enables learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that enable progression within specific areas of employment such as exercise, fitness and leadership support. The qualifications provide opportunities for learners to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills, functional skills, and wider skills in a sport context, such as environmental issues and health and safety considerations.

The skills and qualities you need to succeed in this course are

You should have a keen interest in Sport and Physical education and be prepared to take part in practical lessons.  You will develop people communication, planning and teamwork skills and gain a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise.  Alongside the practical element, BTEC Sport consists of 4 units that contain both practical and theoretical elements.  All units need to be complete in order to successfully gain the qualification.

How the course is assessed

Three units are internally assessed while one unit is externally assessed.

Two core units must be completed:

  • Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Practical Sports Performance

Two units must be chosen from the following list:

  • The Mind and Sports Performance
  • The Sports Performance in Action
  • Training for Personal Fitness
  • Leading Sports Activities

What you might study after this

Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Sport and Sport and Exercise Sciences. Alternatively, learners can progress to NVQs such as Activity Leadership or Coaching, Teaching and Instructing. The underpinning knowledge, practical and vocational skills learnt on the BTEC First in Sport will enhance and support the progression to a competency-based course.

Possible careers

PE Teacher, Sports Coach, Physiotherapist.

For more information contact

Mrs L Hennessy

See also

Other subjects in Performance, Arts and PE: