Subject Intent: Why Sport?

In this modern era it is important that students understand the importance of exercise and our curriculum is designed to enable learners to become confident, resilient and healthy learners, both theoretically and practically, through encouraging a lasting interest in sport and physical recreation. Applied general and A-Level routes require students to be meta-cognitive and self-regulating in their grasp of exercise physiology and each route demands a confidence in applying this knowledge into different roles within challenging environments (for instance, community fitness centres or competitive sport).

What will I study?

You will complete a range of units depending upon which BTEC course you choose to study. Key units include:
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
  • Professional development in the sports industry
  • Practical sports performance
  • Sports leadership
  • Application of fitness testing
  • Sports psychology
  • Coaching for performance
  • Development and provision of sport and physical activity
  • Investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry
  • Sports injury management
  • Research methods in sport
  • Sports event organisation
  • Rules, regulations and officiating in sport


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What are lessons like in this subject?

If you have a passion for sport and are potentially considering a career in the sport, health and leisure industries then this is the course for you. You will study a range of units from Anatomy and Physiology through to Practical Sports Performance, each one designed to develop new skills and knowledge. Specialising in the study of sport is an option as you can enrol onto the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport (14 units). Alternatively, you can study sport alongside other subject choices by enrolling onto either the Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A-level) or the Diploma (equivalent to 2 A-levels) courses. You will be assessed through a combination of coursework, examinations and controlled assessments. Coursework is made up of assignments on practical tasks based in workplace scenarios. Controlled assessments are again tasks based on workplace settings, but completed in realistic, time-based situations. Examinations are tests on specific course content.

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Studying sport at New College is very enjoyable and an amazing choice! The teachers are great and always make sure each of there lessons are fun and entertaining to be in! There is always something new to learn, not forgetting the practical work too which is always made fun! By far my favourite subject I have chosen to do here.

Jasmine Truman, The Hayfield School

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