East Durham College

BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport

East Durham College
In Peterlee

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Important information

Typology BTEC
Location Peterlee
Duration 1 Year
  • BTEC
  • Peterlee
  • Duration:
    1 Year

Job opportunities after this course:
BTEC Level 2 or employment in the sports/leisure industry e.g. coach, leisure attendant, etc.

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Where and when



Peterlee (Durham)
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Willerby Grove, SR8 2RN


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· Requirements

Entry requirements:
This course is aimed at those students working below Level 2, with an interest in working in the sport or outdoor sectors, e.g. Entry Level qualifications/low grade GCSEs/an appropriate standard of literacy and numeracy.

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What you'll learn on the course


Course programme

Overview of the course:

This is a one year course that focuses on introducing you to the various aspects of sport and active leisure, including fitness testing and programming, the human body, sports training, organising events, leading activities, etc. It is also designed to encourage you to develop the personal skills and qualities you need to work in the sport, leisure or outdoor education industries. It is intended to be a practical hands-on programme for those students who prefer this type of learning compared to the rigours of academic study.

As part of your study programme you will also be required to attend Maths and English lessons if you have not already achieved a Grade C or above in these subjects. Your timetable will consist of 12 hours contact time, which includes an hour of tutorial with your Progression Coach.
Finally, you will be expected to complete a minimum of 72 hours work experience within the field of Sport or Active Leisure.


The course is quite practical in nature but also focuses on the theory behind sport and exercise. Therefore, lessons will incorporate both practical sessions, such as fitness testing and programming, as well as classroom based lessons. Other topics include How the Body Works, Assisting at a Sports Event, and Improving Own Fitness.

Additional information

Further study options after this course:
Successful students will be allowed to progress to BTEC Level 2 by achieving the required grades, as well as passing functional skills. They may also move into employment in the sports/leisure industry e.g. coach, leisure attendant, etc.

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