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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 5.00

Start: 07/09/2021

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Tuition (£): 0.00*

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement, or for electively home educated young people.

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness (603/0473/X)* has been developed to provide students with technical knowledge and skills through practical study and through exploring areas such as body systems, psychology, nutrition, technology and leadership.

Students will also have the opportunity to achieve the Active iQ Level 1 Award in Fitness and Physical Activity (601/4120/7) which provides an introduction to the principles of exercise and fitness, the health and fitness industry and healthy eating.

There are currently over 400,000 jobs in this sector in the UK. Sport, activity and fitness also has a positive impact on the health of the nation - regular sport and physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions and illnesses, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity. The Department of Health and Social Care is encouraging inactive people to take up activity in any form and the government has broadened Sport England’s role to cover both sport and physical activity, including cycling, dancing and walking. There has never been a better time to study sport, activity and fitness.

Students will have the chance to learn in our specialist sport facilities featuring a gym, multi-use courts, exterior climbing wall and a range of outdoor pitches.  

This course is delivered over one year, starting in Year 10 or Year 11, and students will study at Broomfield Hall one day a week.

If you are home educated, you can also apply to study GCSE Maths and English with us.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, you just need a strong interest in sport and exercise.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

You will need to complete three mandatory units:

  • Understand the body and the supporting technology for sport and activity – investigate the impact of sport and activity on body systems, explore common injuries in sport and methods of rehabilitation and understand how technological advances have impacted this sector

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • The principles of training, nutrition and psychology for sport and activity – investigate how training can improve fitness for sport and activity, explore how a healthy diet (macro and micronutrients) and hydration are beneficial for sport and activity and understand how psychological factors such as motivation, self-confidence and anxiety can influence participation in sport and activity

Weighting: 40% of the course

Assessment: External examination

  • Applying the principles of sport and activity – understand the fundamentals of sport and activity leadership, plan activity sessions for target groups and understand how to plan for health, fitness and diet

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and an external examination.

All three units must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You must wear a Sports Academy branded polo shirt (purchased through Derby College Group) and suitable footwear and sportswear for your lower half. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications achieved, students may wish to progress to:

  • The Level 2 Certificate in Sports Coaching, Massage and Fitness
  • The Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction
  • The Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development
  • The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • A-levels

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.


Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Personal trainer
  • Professional athlete
  • Sports coach
  • Senior outdoor activities instructor
  • Sports physiotherapist

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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Katy Morten

Ahead of the game in a sporting career

Ever since school, Katy Morten had set her heart on becoming a personal trainer.
By the age of just 21, she had already achieved her career goal – thanks to a sport apprenticeship programme run by Derbyshire Dales District Council in partnership with Derby College. Having secured a full-time job as an instructor at Bakewell Swimming Pool,
Katy particularly enjoys helping people to reach their goals – whether it be weight loss or training for a particular sporting event.

I knew I could get nationally recognised qualifications more quickly on an apprenticeship – and having lots of work experience in the industry under my belt would stand me in good stead when looking for employment. Plus, who could argue with being paid to learn? There’s a real feel-good factor to my job – just knowing you have helped someone improve their lifestyle and become happier with themselves.


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