The Foundation Diploma is a one-year course which on successful completion students can continue onto the Extended Diploma. The Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A-Levels. Units range from principles of anatomy and physiology in sport to fitness training and programming and from sports injuries to sports massage. On successful completion, students can choose between two pathways for the Extended Diploma, either to further their knowledge in Development, Coaching and Fitness or to follow an alternate programme specialising in Sports Injuries and their treatment.
This course is for students who not only enjoy taking part in sport, but also have a real interest in the aspects surrounding and supporting performance. It gives students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and investigate a wide range of aspects; from the scientific to the sociological, the psychological to the nutritional.
Students are taught by specialist teachers in classrooms with access to the Sports Hall and Playing Fields.
There are a number of different subjects covered, including but not restricted to:
- Principles of anatomy and physiology
- The physiology of fitness
- Assessing risk in sport
- Fitness training and programming
- Sport coaching
- Sports development
- Fitness testing for sport and exercise
- Practical team or individual sports
- Sports psychology
Students also complete a skills project which will build your confidence and your employability skills as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden your knowledge of these subjects and help with your employment potential.
Students need to have five GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students are accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at a merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2.
All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to GCSE grade C or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.
Students are expected to engage in a wide range of sporting activities and to support their peers with full engagement in team activities and assessments.
BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sport BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport
Students are assessed by a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and tests set by the Course Team. Students produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set have an agreed hand in date that needs to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units also need students to complete externally set and marked assessment material in addition to their portfolio work.
Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre Library in order to successfully complete this programme. They also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the sports industry. It is expected that students need to spend approximately six hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.
During the course students are expected to complete some work experience. This helps them understand the types of roles available in industry and gives them the skills required to gain employment in the sector. Jobs will vary depending on the chosen career route but could include working in a gym or sports centre or in an outdoor adventure centre.
Successful students can progress on to an HNC/HND, Foundation Degree, University Degree courses or employment.
Fees and Additional Costs
At times students are offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these may require learners to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended. It is expected that students have suitable sports clothing in order to participate in practical activities.