BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sport


The Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sport is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 students wanting to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, within the sport sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one and a half A levels, and it has been designed as a one year full time study programme.

Learners who have completed this qualification in a year may progress to further learning at
Level 3, for example the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport Development and Coaching.

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting, or contributing to, admission requirements for many relevant courses. On its own, it can provide progression to foundation degrees and BTEC Higher Nationals, for example:

? FdA Sports Studies and Development
? FdA Sports Coaching and Exercise Instruction
? HND in Sport and Exercise Science.

The new BTEC Nationals have been developed in collaboration with employers and representatives from higher education and relevant professional bodies. The content is up to date and includes the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes required in the sector. This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills.

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, grades 4/5 or above (including maths and English) or other equivalent qualifications and an interest in a career in sport. You will be expected to attend an interview.

What subjects will I study?

The course is delivered through practical activities, visits, workshops and lab-based sessions. Units studied include:

• Unit 1 - Anatomy and Physiology
• Unit 2 - Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
• Unit 3 - Professional Development in the Sports Industry
• Unit 4 - Sports leadership
• Unit 7 - Practical Sports Performance
• Unit 9 - Research Methods in Sport
• Unit 10 - Sports Event Organisation

Every full-time course will include a real experience of work.

Maths and English form part of this course and will be assessed at the relevant levels.

How will I learn?

The course will involve a strong practical element with supporting classroom based sessions to raise awareness of the theoretical underpinning. Through a wide variety of individual and group tasks you will develop a range of key employability skills and personal attributes. There will also be regular opportunities to gain work based experience working with different sports organisations and participants.

How will I be assessed?

There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.


? examinations ? all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome.
? set tasks ? learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information. External assessments are available twice a year.


Most units in the sector are internally assessed. This means that your tutor will set and assess the assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit.


Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task.

What opportunities will this lead to?

These programmes can lead to progression to further studies at University and into a wide range of careers in the sport, leisure and fitness industry. Careers that successful students have progressed into are:

• Sport Coaching
• PE Teaching / Sports Tutor
• School Sport Co-ordinators
• Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer/Strength and Conditioning Coach
• Sports Journalism
• Sports Development
• Performance Analyst
• Sports Science
• Physiotherapy / Sports Therapy
• Sports Business
• Leisure Centre / Fitness Centre Management
• Lifeguard / Leisure Centre Attendants

How long is the course?

BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sport is 1 year in duration and when achieved is equivalent to 1.5 A levels.

Year 1, the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sport is run over one academic year from September to July. Successful completion of the Foundation Diploma in Sport allows progression onto Year 2, the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport.

Are there any additional costs?

A requirement for the programme is to undertake a relevant work experience placement in the sport, leisure or fitness industry. Due to the nature of these work experience placements there is a need for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. A DBS check will cost in the region of £35-45.

Due to the practical nature of the course and particularly the use of practical assessments, a Furness College Sport Polo T-shirt will need to be purchased and appropriate sports kit (short, tracksuit pants and trainers) will also be required.

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