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In addition to the Extended Diploma, pupils are given opportunities to gain qualifications and experience in other areas. These include coaching qualifications in specific sports such as basketball and cricket, First Aid and the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

Aimee Hildreth, BTEC Sport Lead Tutor

This offer has been revolutionary and is a popular choice for those wanting a different path to university. Students completing this route have gone on to study sports management and social sciences at Newcastle and Durham.

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Why Study BTEC Sport?

For those interested in sport, we offer two options: the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (equivalent to three A levels), and the BTEC Diploma in Sport (equivalent to two A levels).

The Diplomas give students a real insight to a wide variety of fascinating issues relating to the sporting world and deals with the principles and practices within the sporting industry. Those who wish to study an additional A level are encouraged to do so and advice can be given on those subjects that are complementary to the courses.

Both levels of BTEC Sport are academic and vocational, and pupils are assessed through externally set tasks and exams and also by projects and assignments. Studying this subject enables pupils to gain an in-depth knowledge of a range of topics that can be vital in improving the sporting performance of both themselves and others. 

With the introduction of the Diploma as well as the Extended Diploma, many pupils find this a more manageable option if they are keen to take an additional A level. It can lead to a variety of sports-related degree subjects. Sport science undergraduate degrees are popular options, but this qualification also opens the door for a focus on sport psychology, nutrition, sports therapy, coaching and development degrees.

 

How is the Course Assessed?

The qualifications are assessed through external examinations, with some units being assessed through internal assignments. There are also tasks which are pre-issued case studies that pupils have a week or two to prepare for, prior to presenting a final written submission in a controlled environment based upon a real-life scenario.

Students completing the two-year programme have gone onto university to study courses such as sports science, sports coaching and sports rehabilitation. Possible careers and degree options include sports journalism, sports science, strength and conditioning, sports development, physiotherapy, sports coaching, sport and business, fitness training, sports marketing, sports therapy and PE teaching.

King’s College is one of the sports powerhouses of the West Country and enjoys a national reputation for sporting excellence in a number of different games.

Students have they opportunity to visit professional sporting environments and meet those who work in the sports industry, whether performance analysts, nutritionists, sports therapists or current/ex players, in order to enhance their learning experience.

Aimee Hildreth

BSc, University of Southampton
BTEC Sport Lead Tutor

Brendan Craggs

BSc, University of Wales
BTEC Tutor/PE

Dave Jessep

BTEC Tutor
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