BTEC First Level 2 in Sport (Outdoor Activities)

Board: Edexcel

About the subject

This one year course offers students an opportunity to study Sport and specifically Outdoor activities through practical and classroom tasks.  A Level 2 BTEC Diploma is a practical, work related course equivalent to 4 GCSE’s at grade 4+.  The course will introduce students to the employment area of Sport and Leisure.

The course offers an opportunity to examine sport in more detail and is an excellent choice if wishing to progress either to advanced Level 3 courses or into our apprenticeship scheme.


Learning styles

Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.  Teaching methods will include: formal teaching, discussions, role play, practical and group work


Subject Combinations and Progression

If you have not achieved a grade 4 in your Maths or English, the Level 2 BTEC will be taken alongside GCSE retakes in those subjects, you will also have the option to retake GCSE Science.  If you have achieved grade 4 in these core areas at GCSE, you will be able to access the range of level 3 courses that we offer in the area of sport and PE.  These include the Level 3 award in Community Sports Leadership. We offer other professional courses in customer service, travel or modern languages.

This is an excellent course for students to progress onto related AS levels.  We also offer the Level 3 BTEC in Sport, Double and Triple.

Subject Modules and Assessment

Students study eleven units in total, 5 full units and 6 half units.  Two units are assessed through an external examination.  These are Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise and Unit 7: Anatomy and Physiology for Sports Performance.  The tests are 1 hour long and are structured in an on screen multiple choice format.  The remainder of the units are assessed practically through a range of methods including presentations, role plays, practical performance, written reports, posters and verbal questioning.

Core Externally Assessed Units

Unit 1
Fitness for sport and exercise is core to the programme of study. Learners will cover the components of physical and skill-related fitness and the principles of training; explore different fitness training methods for developing components of fitness; gain knowledge and skills in undertaking and administering fitness tests. This unit is particularly relevant for learners who would like to work in sports coaching, elite sport or personal training.

Unit 7
This unit provides learners with an introduction to anatomy and physiology and the role that two main body systems (musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory) have in the production of skilled and efficient movement.

Other units covered on the course:

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance
This unit focuses on developing and improving learners own practical sports performance and introduces you to a variety of different outdoor activities. You will develop knowledge of the associated rules, regulations, scoring systems, skills, techniques and tactics. We will focus on outdoor activities such as mountain biking, skiing and orienteering.

Unit 3: The mind and sports performance
A unit that introduces the world of sports psychology.  Basic theories on personality factors, motivational techniques and methods to control fear and anxiety are all looked at.

Unit 4:  The Sports performer in action
This is the main science bit! We will look at how the body responds to exercise in both the short term and the long term.  We also look at how the body uses energy.

Unit 14: Carrying out a sports related project
One of the highlights of this course will be the completion of a planned and independent walking expedition.  You will be required to conduct a project whilst on expedition.  The nature of the investigation will be up to individual students.  Examples could include – sports psychology and group dynamics, the effect of training on the success of the expedition or you could even study the effect that leisure use has on the natural environment.

Unit 15: Designing Exercise Programmes and Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness
For those interested in working in the fitness industry we have two units that will be of particular interest.  Unit 5: Training for Personal fitness will introduce you to a range of training methods that will introduce you to the area of fitness training.  Within unit 15 you will then be able to put your new knowledge into practice by planning exercise programme for colleagues.

Unit 18: Expedition Experience
This is where you will plan and participate in a 2 day expedition.  Groups will plan there route, decide on location and arrange the necessary resources.  You will then be required to carry out and review the expedition.

Unit 19: Practical Land Based Outdoor activity
You will research the skills and resources that are needed for participation in 4 outdoor activities.  We will focus on Skiing, Walking/Orienteering, Climing and Mountain Biking.  You will then be required to plan your participation in at least two of these activities.

Unit 24: Work Experience
An important part of the course will be the requirement for you to arrange an element of work experience within an area of the sports industry that interests you.  We will help you prepare a CV and a letter of application and help you plan your activity whilst on a 5 day placement.

Entry requirements

Average of Grade 3 at GCSE, you should also be participating regularly in a sporting activity. An interest in outdoor activities would also be beneficial.