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King's Celebrates BTEC Success

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Since it was first introduced in September 2015, the BTEC Sport Programme at King’s College has proved to be a huge success.

The BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport is geared towards students who want to continue their education through applied learning and progress onto higher education, and, ultimately a job in the sports industry.

The course allows students to dedicate all or the majority of their studies to the study of sport through a number of interesting and engaging units which provide a breadth of knowledge across the sports industry.

The qualification is equivalent to 3 A levels, and is a full two-year programme. Pupils have the option of studying an additional A level alongside the BTEC Sport programme if they so choose.

As part of the programme, King’s also incorporates opportunities in which students are able to qualify. So far, this has included a first aid course, basketball coaching level 1 and the NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification).

Notable successes from pupils who have undertaken the course include Jasmine Lo-Ribeiro, who achieved the maximum grade of D*D*D* – the equivalent to 168 UCAS points. Jasmine is now studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Newcastle.

Former pupil Tom Banton has also enjoyed considerable success since leaving King’s. He joined the playing staff at Somerset CCC where he is now enjoying a successful first full season.

Kayane and Karoline Alencar, who completed their studies in 2017, will be taking up places to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton this September.

Of the current BTEC pupils, Kaela-Mei Townson is predicted D*D*D* on completion of her studies and has received offers from some of the top ranking sports universities, including the University of Exeter, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of Bath.

Grace Perkins will also complete her studies this summer and will be studying for a BSc (Hons) in Sports and Exercise Therapy, while Nathan Gilchrist – who is on the Somerset Cricket Academy – is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Tom Banton.

For details about the course, please contact: Mrs Aimee Hildreth

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