Unit One Introduction
In today’s society, we can easily fall into the trap of
developing a sedentary lifestyle; we usethe car rather than walk to the local shops, we take the lift rather than the stairs, and our
hectic lifestyle doesn’t seem to allow us the time to engage in regular physical activity.
Establishing and maintaining a
desirable level of fitness is more important than ever; it’s
paramount to the future health of the nation.The overall relationship between fitness and health affects performance in our everydaylives, whether it be sport- or work-related. Fitness is vital to achieving success in sport, andfitness testing plays a valuable role in the development of personal fitness levels. Sportsperformers regularly participate in fitness tests to determine their baseline measures.Fitness testing results are then used to identify strengths and areas for improvement.Fitness testing results are also used to predict future performance and provide feedback onthe effectiveness of a training programme.Fitness testing can be carried out in a health club setting. Health clubs screen clients forcontraindications to exercise, and fitness testing enables the instructor to determinebaseline measures, using the results as a basis for exercise programme design.This unit is particularly relevant for those who aspire to work in sports coaching, fitnessinstruction and elite sport.The first part of the unit looks at a range of laboratory and field-based fitness tests. Learnerswill explore the different tests available and the benefits and drawbacks of laboratory andfield-based fitness test. Learners will also be introduced to the practice of health screeningand how to carry out health monitoring tests.The second part of the unit will develop the skills and knowledge to be able to follow fitnesstest protocol, taking into account validity and reliability. Learners will develop skills to beable to administer fitness tests in a safe and effective manner, interpreting results againstrecommended values, providing feedback to an individual regarding how fitness levels canbe improved.The content of this unit is divided into four areas of learning focused around:
a range of laboratory-based and field-based fitness tests L01
health screening techniques L02
administration of appropriate fitness tests L03
interpreting the results of fitness tests and providing feedback L04
In order to meet the assessment criteria you will be set a variety of assessment tasks thatwill require you to variously:i)
devise, select, administer,ii)
describe, justify, compareiii)
evaluate and analyse
The Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport consists of units ranging from science-based to practical sport and coaching-based elements, making the course very varied. A broad range of teaching methods are employed including teacher presentations, student presentations, discussion, research using the internet and College intranet, trips/visits and external speakers.
Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport
Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness
Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport
Unit 4: Fitness Training & Programming
Unit 5: Sports Coaching
Unit 6: Sports Development
Unit 7: Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
Unit 8: Practical Team Sports
Other optional units will be selected from the following:
Unit 9: Practical Individual Sports
Unit 10: Outdoor & Adventurous Activities
Unit 11: Sports Nutrition
Unit 12: Current Issues in Sport
Unit 13: Leadership in Sport
Unit 14: Exercise Health & Lifestyle
Unit 15: Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise
Unit 16: Exercise for Specific Groups
Unit 17: Psychology for Sports performance
Unit 18: Sports Injuries
Unit 22: Rules Regulations and Officiating in Sport
Unit 26: Work Experience in Sport
Examining Board – EDEXCEL.
Most units will consist of two or more assignments set in context by teachers. Some will involve practical activities; others will involve study and research from books and the internet.
Special Entry Requirements
All students are expected to undertake a period of vocational work experience. A clear DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ may be needed depending on the nature of the placement. The cost of the DBS is approximately £60.00 and if it is needed then you are responsible for this payment (details of how to pay will follow). Standard BTEC entry requirements apply.
On this course you will be expected to undertake a work experience placement in both the first and the second year, the purpose of which is to gather information and insights about the workplace, which can be included in your College assignments. Work placements also help develop your employability skills. By the end of the course you will achieve the full Career Passport award and the placement will count as one of your Professional Development activities.
Career and Progression Opportunities
The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant specialist courses, for example:
• BSC (Hons) in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science, which could lead to job roles as a community sports coach or a physical education (PE) teacher
• BA (Hons) in Sports Studies and Development, which could lead to job roles as a sports development officer for a National Governing Body or County Sports Partnership
• BA (Hons) in Sport Development and Management, which could lead to job roles in sports management positions in Community Sports Partnerships or Sports Facilities, such as 5-a-side football centres or in National Governing Bodies.
Embedded into the BTEC Sport course, students will complete units relating to the Level 2 Sports Leaders Award and there will be opportunities to work within the local area supporting primary school sport. Students must enjoy the practical elements of this course as well as being prepared for a considerable amount of theory and the regular handing-in of coursework.
This information is correct for September 2018 entry.