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1 June 2017

Pupils Excel in BTEC Sport

The first BTEC Sport course at King’s has been a huge success and all 12 students have achieved the grades needed to gain places at university.

Jasmine Lo-Ribeiro achieved an outstanding result, gaining the equivalent to three A* grades at A level, while three other students, Kayane Alencar, Karolayne Alencar and Austin Lui all achieved the equivalent to three A grades at A level and will be heading to universities to study Sport Science and Sports Rehabilitation.

Tom Banton, despite taking time out to represent Somerset CCC and England U19 cricket team on tour to both Dubai and India, achieved three merit grades. The course enabled him to maintain his studies whilst abroad, which showed tremendous dedication despite his commitments.

The BTEC Sport course at King’s includes a wide range of both academic and vocational units including anatomy and physiology, sport psychology, sport massage, nutrition and coaching, plus many more. With such a wide spectrum of units, each student is able to find a passion within the sports world that could provide them with a pathway into employment or onto university as evidenced from some of the leaving Upper Sixth students.

Staff seek to give as much vocational experience as possible and have used trips to elite sporting venues to bring learning to life. People within the elite sports industry have also been to the school to pass on their wisdom. These have included the England Rugby team performance analyst, who helped in the delivery of a sports analysis unit, the British Shooting Team performance manager, who lectured on the importance of nutrition for elite sportsmen and women as well as local sports massage therapists and physiotherapists to aid in the delivery of relevant units.

With the BTEC Sport course being a vocational option for learners, it is a priority to ensure that students not only leave with an academic qualification but also with far greater experience in the world of work in the sports industry.

Students, in addition to their BTEC course, will also have the opportunity to gain further qualifications, whether a National Pool Lifesaving Qualification or other relevant coaching badges. This provides invaluable experience outside of a classroom environment as well as enhancing the student’s profile when applying for university or employment.

If you are interested in studying the BTEC Sport course at King’s then please contact the course leader Brendan Craggs: BDCraggs@kings-taunton.co.uk to find out more.

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