Year on year the sport sector outperforms the rest of the UK economy; this has been the case since the end of the economic recession of the late 1990s, and researchers predict will continue to be the case for years to come.
The annual contribution of the sport sector to the UK economy is over £8 billion. This sector has more than 36,000 employers creating work for more than 600,000 full-time and part-time employees and 5 million plus volunteers. A significant proportion of the total volunteer workforce is volunteering in sport, with most of them involved in coaching or activity leadership.
Despite the prevalence of this sector, a third of the workforce in the sector have either no formal qualifications or are only qualified at Level 1. In addition, feedback from employers suggests that skills shortages are responsible for a large proportion of the vacancies in this sector. The BTEC National Award in Sport seeks to provide students with a formal qualification that provides an insight into the various different progression and occupational routes within the sector. It gives students the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) or Level 3 (A2 equivalent) qualification giving them the opportunity to enter employment in the sporting sector or to progress onto higher education
The BTEC Award provides students with an understanding of the essential skills needed when looking to build a career in the sports sector. Students will gain an understanding in topics such as anatomy & physiology which cover the structure, function and how the body responds to exercise on the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory and energy systems. Other areas covered are fitness testing, analysing performances in team and individual sports and the sports industry.
KS4 BTEC Sport
Students follow the Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport
IN BTEC Sport, students develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. Students will studying 4 Units over two Years. Unit 1 is the only exam-based unit. These 120 guided learning hours make this qualification equivalent to one GCSE.
BTEC Sport is becoming very popular and effective because it encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: team work; working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively, and accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Sport is for independently motivate students who have a passion for all things sport. Students will study two core modules and then two additional units from the optional units.
Skills and Progression Routes
On completion of the course, students will have developed a number of skills including:
- An understanding of the human body
- The ability to show sportsmanship
- Being an effective communicator
- Working well in teams and individually
Progression Routes & Career Opportunities
BTEC qualifications are general qualifications that enable candidates to progress either directly to employment, or to proceed to further qualifications.
Employment opportunities include:
- The Leisure Industry
- Sports Development
- Sports Administration