BTEC Overview

KS4 - Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport

The First Award in Sport has been designed primarily for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4, but it is also suitable for other learners who want a vocationally focused introduction to this area of study.

It has been developed to:

  • encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities
  • give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through a selection of optional specialist units
  • encourage learners to develop their people, communication, planning and team-working skills by having the opportunity to select from optional units available in the qualification structure
  • provide education and training for sport, leisure and recreation employees
  • give opportunities for sport, leisure and recreation employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 1 or level 2 vocationally-specific qualification
  • give full-time learners the opportunity to progress to other vocational qualifications, such as the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport or Sport and Exercise Sciences, or on to GCE AS or A level, and, in due course, to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector
  • give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

Qualification structure

The Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH). It has core and optional specialist units. Learners must complete the two core units, and a choice of optional units to reach a total of 120 GLH. This BTEC First Award has units that your centre assesses (internal) and a unit that Pearson sets and marks (external).

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport Unit Core units Assessment method:

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KS5 - BTEC National Extended Certificate (single) or the Diploma (double)

​​Young people taking their first step into a new career need the right blend of technical and academic skills to support them. And we know that employers and Higher Education are looking for highly skilled, job-ready individuals with a strong work ethic. That’s why we’ve created the new BTEC Nationals in collaboration with over 5,000 universities, employers and professional bodies with employability at the heart, so your learners can develop the skills and confidence they will need to step into a prosperous future.

  • BTECs have the highest rates of learner progression, than any other vocational qualification particularly to Higher Education
  • 95% of universities and colleges in the UK now accept BTECs – including Oxford University
  • The number and proportion of students entering university with a BTEC has doubled between 2008 and 2014 from 44K to 85K

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