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The BTEC First Diploma in Sport is a one year, full time, practical, work related course. This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the areas of exercise, fitness and sports development. Learners will be required to complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations.
Learners are required to complete a range of units including: Fitness for Sport and Exercise; Practical Sports Performance; Mind and Sports Performance; Sports Performer in Action; Training for Personal Fitness; Leading Sports Activities; Anatomy and Physiology; Injury and the Sports Performer.
Standard entry requirements are a minimum of six points at GCSE (3 Grade Ds) or equivalent.
A wide variety of assessment methods are used including written documents, practical assessments, presentations, logbooks, use of video evidence, open-book tests, leaflets/brochures, etc. Most units are set and marked by tutors on the course, however, some units are assessed by external exam.
Progression is to the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science, the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science and from there onto relevant Higher Education Courses, for example, Foundation Degree in Sport and Exercise (validated by The Open University) which leads to BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise (validated by The Open University) within South West College. Career pathways include Sports Nutrition, Sports Coaching, Personal Trainer, Leisure and/or Events Management, Fitness Instructor.
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