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Level: 2

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 5.00

Start: 13/09/2021

Days / Times: Friday 09:30 to 15:30

Tuition (£): 0.00*
Full Concession: (0 Tuition/Exam Fee) available dependant on eligibility – A Full Concession is not applicable to a full-cost course

Interview: N

Course Summary

This course is for school students, where the school has agreed to fund the placement.

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.

*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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Jess Guest

Jess Guest

Apprenticeship leads to leisure centre personal trainer job for Jess

As someone who has always been sporty, working as a personal trainer at Matlock’s Arc Leisure Centre is the ideal job for 18-year-old Jess Guest. Jess, who first worked at Arc on a casual basis, has been taken on full-time after completing a leisure apprenticeship with Derbyshire Dales District Council.
While an apprentice, she gained her level two personal training qualifications with Derby College and she is currently working towards level three. Jess, who is from Morton, took PE at GCSE and has been involved in competitive sport since a young age. She used to swim for City Of Derby Swimming Club and trained with Olympic Gold medallist Adam Peaty, who is also a former Derby College student. As part of her apprenticeship,
Jess gained experience across a range of areas including lifeguarding, swimming teaching and Reception, as well as fitness instruction. In her role as personal trainer, she now helps people to achieve their fitness goals, as well as showing them healthy new ways to shed excess pounds and build muscle tone. Since taking up her full-time role Jess has introduced Pound – a cardiovascular workout which involves exercising to the rhythm of drumsticks.
Arc is among only a handful of centres to offer Pound in Derbyshire and Jess’s classes are very popular. Working with people of all ages and abilities, she teaches a whole range of activities, including swimming and aerobics. Jess said Derby College had been very supportive throughout her apprenticeship and beyond it.


Steve, my college tutor, is really good. I’m assessed on site and he’s always very helpful and happy to give me advice whenever I need it. Working hours vary in this job and I work shifts and weekends.



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