Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Sport (Community Sport & Physical Activity)

Apply From: 18th of June 2018
Application Deadline: 30th of March 2020
Start Date:

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Entry Requirements

GCSE English and maths at grade C (grade 5/4) or above (or equivalent) and a UCAS Tariff score of 48-64 from a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access course in Sport.

All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

Who is the course for

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Sport are aimed for students keen to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of Sport and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in Sport.

In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the Sport, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

Course Content

  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health (core Unit – mandatory)
  • The Sport Landscape (core Unit – mandatory)
  • Project Management (Pearson-set) (core Unit – mandatory)
  • Activity Leadership (specialist Unit – mandatory)
  • Inclusive Sport (specialist Unit – mandatory)
  • Nutrition (mandatory)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (mandatory)
  • Work Exposure (mandatory)

All students are given the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience as part of their course of study.

During your study year there are many additional qualifications, trips and visits that are included within the course fees that help you learn outside of classroom settings & enable you to become more employable within the field of sport. Each year you will undergo DBS checks to ensure coaching can be conducted within external colleges and sport organisations.

Within Year 1 you will complete FA level 1 qualification (or similar coaching qualification within your chosen sport), SAQ training Award and visit the Body Pro Exhibition to see the world of Personal Training and Health and Fitness from a Business perspective. To enhance your coaching CV, you will also conduct 3 UK Sport Workshops throughout the year (Linked to Sports Coaching Modules) which are led by Sports Coach UK relating to recent topics in the industry.

Study Methods

Practical coaching delivery, lectures, group work, research tasks, presentations and workshops.

16 hours classroom time per week with lecturer (This will consist of supervised lessons conducting theoretical classes – Google Classroom is used to support learning).

18 hours independent study per week (This will consist of research tasks for following lectures, assignment tasks, Journal research and professional development – external coaching hours).

How is the course assessed

Assessment is through a series of assignments, including practical delivery, written assignments, group work and presentations. The course includes both practical and theoretical elements and is currently delivered over three days a week. The assessments for seven modules are developed by the teaching staff to ensure up to date industry standards are applied to each task. Project management module is a Pearson set assignment.

The assessments within the course are 80% coursework which vary from presentations, reports, leaflets, posters or portfolios. Assessment of practical coaching delivery (20%) is conducted throughout the course. Our College works closely with local organisations such as Chelsea Football Club, DASH (Disability Association Hillingdon), and Brunel Ducks Basketball Team to combine education alongside hands-on experience in a sporting context. By maximising the time in and out of the classroom students will have a chance to apply their knowledge to practice.

By the end of the course students will have achieved a more in depth scientific understanding, relevant work experience and professional skills. Assessments mirror this approach with a wide variety of practical and theoretical methods employed.

Where next - Further Studies

Upon completion, students can enrol onto a Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport (Community Sport & Physical Activity).

Following this, opportunities to complete full BSc (HONS) degrees are available with links with University of Brighton and other surrounding Universities that offer a further two years / final third year of study to achieve a full BA (HONS) Degree.

The course allows students to access 1 year top up courses to achieve a full undergraduate degree. courses to achieve a full undergraduate degree.

Where next - Job Opportunities

The course prepares students to enter the workforce with evidence of relevant experience, practical skills and intellectual knowledge related to sport and fitness. Employment opportunities include fitness instruction, personal training, coaching, sports science support, health promotion and sports development.

Previous students have continued onto a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport and have coached at Camp America and within Primary Schools within the United Kingdom.