Miss A D Davis BSc Birmingham, MA, PGCE (Head of Department); Mr F S Henderson BSc York St John, GTP (Head of Boys’ PE/Games); Mr J W Windeatt BSc Hull, MA, GTP; Mrs A E Harvey BA Manchester Metropolitan
Examination body: Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and Diploma in Sport – Development, Coaching & Fitness
The BTEC course will suit pupils who enjoy and are keen on sport, not just those who excel in it. Pupils opting for this subject will participate in a mix of practical and theory lessons, so a fundamental interest is a necessity.
BTEC Level 3 in Sport allows pupils to:
• learn through course leader and tutor input
• experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles
• increase their understanding of modern-day developments through independent investigations.
Major universities are now offering widely-recognised degrees in a range of sports-related courses, from the classic PE degree, to degrees in Sports Physiotherapy, Sports Psychology, Sports Science, Sports Marketing and Leisure and Tourism. The fact that universities are offering such a variety of sports-related degrees reflects the market place demand for qualified people in these fields. Sport and Leisure will arguably be the largest growth employment area of the 21st century. BTEC qualifications are now nationally recognised and are used to support university applications. The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport - Development, Coaching and Fitness will allow pupils to attain up to the value of 120 credits and is equivalent to two A Levels.
The BTEC is open to all pupils who are capable of achieving a nationally-recognised qualification; it is not a requirement to have taken GCSE PE.
Delivery and assessment
The BTEC Level 3 is internally assessed, with the units and specification being criterion-referenced, based on a series of learning outcomes. There is a grading criterion which is awarded as follows:
• to achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria
• to achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria
• to achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.
Throughout my two years in Sixth Form studying BTEC Sport, the PE staff have constantly been there to offer support. Having three different teachers for the subject makes each lesson varied and interesting, and this means that if any of us ever needs help with our studies there is definitely always someone to go to! I find the subject interesting because there is such a variety of units to study, including both theory and practical elements.