Physical education

Sports Science BTEC

The BTEC National qualification in Sport Science offers students a wide range of experiences based around the workplace and offers an insight into a range of careers in the sport industry. Students have enjoyed this course because it is very practical and allows students to specialise in their own chosen sports and link this to a chosen career pathway. Students have achieved some excellent grades in this qualification and have gone on to university or directly into employment upon completion.

This course develops students confidence by offering a range of leadership opportunities as well as requiring independent learning in some units. These leadership opportunities are available within school or if the student takes part in sport outside of school, this too can be used as evidence towards the final outcome. The qualification can be tailored to the individual with many optional units available.

Curriculum outline

The BTEC National in Sport Science consists of four units, one of which is an external exam based around the anatomy and physiology of the body in sport. The second unit is a externally set task that involves planning a training and fitness programme for a given individual. The final two remaining units are optional and could include: sport psychology, practical sport, sports coaching, sport nutrition, outdoor education or many others to choose from.

The BTEC National in Sports Science is really good fun and allowed me to go on and study sports coaching at Bristol University. Practicing coaching at Teesdale improved my confidence and made me a better coach. I am now coaching regularly in the USA during the summer as part of my degree.
Nathan Guyll, ex-student

Potential career paths and further study

Studying the BTEC National in Sports Science offers up a number of different career pathways. In previous years, we have had students go on to university to study physiotherapy, sports coaching, sport and exercise sciences and sports technology. We have also had students who chose not to go to university employed as sports coaches in Durham, in the USA and in local sports clubs. Other careers that are possible with this qualification include fitness instructors, nutritionists, sport analysts, sport engineers and officiating.

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