Sport (Sports Development & Fitness) - BTEC National Certificate


In Preston

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Units of study include: principles of coaching. practical sport study (team). reflective practitioner. Health and safety in sport. body in action. working with children. training and fitness. fitness testing. sport in society. ethics and values. special populations. sports development.



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Preston (Lancashire)
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Moor Park Avenue,, PR1 6AS

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About this course

You will need to be aged 16 to 18 and have 33 GCSE points. (Please see the `How to Apply` section on this leaflet, a copy of our school leaver prospectus, or visit the school leaver section of this website for more details). You will also have an individual assessment and interview before being allowed to join this course.

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Course programme

Sport (Sports Development & Fitness) - BTEC National Certificate

Course ID:

Sport & Public Services

This is a practical work-related course in which you will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.

Study Mode & Location:
This two year course will be held at Preston College, Park Campus, Moor Park Avenue, Preston, PR1 6AP.

Course Content:
Units of study include:

  • principles of coaching
  • practical sport study (team)
  • reflective practitioner
  • health and safety in sport
  • body in action
  • working with children
  • training and fitness
  • fitness testing
  • sport in society
  • ethics and values
  • special populations
  • sports development.

For each unit you will complete an assignment which will contribute to your overall final grade. As this qualification is the equivalent of two A Levels, you will receive two grades on completion of the course in the form of a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Careers & Progression Opportunities:
BTEC qualifications are valued by employers, universities and colleges. You could progress to study in areas such as sports studies, sports development, leisure management or teacher training. Alternatively, you could look for work in the sport, leisure and fitness industry.

How To Apply
To apply for a course at Preston College you will need to complete and return a College application form. Application Forms are available in our school leaver prospectuses or we can send one out to you.

Work Out Your Point Score
You will need to let us know on your application form your predicted exam grades and your point score. To work out your point score, you must use the grades that you get for GCSE Maths and English Language, and then your next best 5 grades. At Preston College, the level of course you start on will depend upon your point score. Your grades are worth the following points:

GCSE Grades
  • A* = 8 points
  • A = 7 points
  • B = 6 points
  • C = 5 points
  • D = 4 points
  • E = 3 points
  • F = 2 points
  • G = 1 point

(GCSE short courses are worth half the score of a full GCSE. Applied GCSEs are equivalent to two single GCSEs, eg an Applied GCSE at Grade C is worth 10 GCSE points).

GNVQ Foundation Part 1 (Equivalent to two GCSEs)
  • Distinction = 8 points
  • Merit = 6 points
  • Pass = 4 points

GNVQ Intermediate Part 1 (Equivalent to two GCSEs)
  • Distinction = 14 points
  • Merit = 12 points
  • Pass = 10 points

Full GNVQ Intermediate (Equivalent to four GCSEs)
  • Distinction = 28 points
  • Merit = 24 points
  • Pass = 20 points

NVQ Level 1 = 8 points. (NVQ Level 1 courses are equivalent to two GCSEs at Grade D and guarantee progression to NVQ Level 2 courses in the same subject area).

Certificates of Achievement
Up to 22 points will be awarded to students with Certificates of Achievement, for example AQA units, Compact 2000 and NPRA units. The Schools` Recruitment Team will inform you if you qualify.

Sport (Sports Development & Fitness) - BTEC National Certificate

Price on request