BTEC First Diploma

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If you already take a keen and active role in sport, whether it be coaching, officiating or performing, then this course is your opportunity to progress further.

You’ll learn in the classroom through practical sessions and by working independently in your own time. 

The programme covers a broad range of subjects, including: fitness for sport and exercise, practical sports performance, training for personal fitness, anatomy and physiology, lifestyle and wellbeing, designing exercise programmes and profiling performance.

As a student you will also have opportunities to lead sports activities, run a sports event, study different injuries, undertake a project, acquire experience of adventurous sports, and enhance your skills in English and maths.


A minimum of five GCSEs at grade D or above including English Language or Mathematics.

It is essential you have a keen and active role within sport, whether it be coaching, officiating or performing.

On this course you will study:

  • Fitness for sport and exercise
  • Practical sports performance
  • The mind and sports performance
  • The sports performer in action
  • Training for personal fitness
  • Anatomy and physiology for sports performance
  • Lifestyle and wellbeing
  • Designing exercise programmes
  • Profiling sport performance
  • Leading sports activities
  • Running a sports event
  • Injury and the sports performer
  • Carrying out a sports related project
  • Practical land based outdoor and adventure sport
  • English and mathematics

The course will be taught both in the classroom and through practical sessions. Due to the nature of the assessment students are expected to complete an average of seven hours independent study per week.

You will work in classrooms with access to IT facilities to support your work. Out practical facilities include an excellent gym and sports laboratory. Both will be available for you to use and help you apply what you have learned in a practical environment. Our teaching team have a huge amount of experience and great contacts to ensure the course is linked to job opportunities and help you build a successful career in sport. 

A variety of assessment methods will be used including report writing, essays, presentations, group work assignments, practical observations and external exams. The course is challenging and all staff have high expectations of our students so it is vital that you are able to meet deadlines promptly and enjoy a challenge.

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The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

South Downs College is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student

South Downs is a really good College, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport. To progress to this course you will need to achieve a distinction profile and suitable tutor report.

Alternatively you may go into employment in the sports industry as a leisure centre attendant, sports coach or an apprenticeship.

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