BTEC Level 2 First Award

Examination Subject: Sport

Qualification: BTEC

Exam Board: Edexcel

Tiers of Entry: Single


Students are strongly advised to pick BTEC Sport if they have an interest in sport and would like to take this interest further.

At the start of Year 9 students are given the option to study Sport at BTEC level, including both practical and theoretical study (Edexcel syllabus is followed). Students will have both theory and practical lessons during the course of Years 9, 10 and 11. There is a strong emphasis on written coursework during the course to complement the practical element, together with regular written home learning will be set.  Most Year 11 lessons will be theory based in preparation for the exam unit


Course Content and Assessment

Unit 1 Fitness for Sport and Exercise: You will cover the components of physical and skill-related fitness and the principles. You will explore different fitness training methods for developing different components of fitness. You will also gain knowledge and skills in undertaking and administering fitness tests. Unit 1 is externally assessed using an onscreen test that has different types of questions. including objective and short-answer questions. This exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes and is worth 25% of your total marks.

Unit 2 Practical Performance in Sport: Unit 2 focuses on developing and improving your own practical sports performance. This is achieved through your active participation in practical activities and reflection on your own performance and that of other sport performers. You will investigate the rules and regulations of different sports and apply the knowledge gained through observing officials in action. You will also take part in a variety of sports and are required to demonstrate the skills, techniques and tactics within each of the sports selected for assessment. You will also review your performance in the sports in which you participated. This unit is worth 25% of your total marks.

Unit 3 Applying the Principles of Personal Training: For Unit 3, you will go through the stages of designing a personal fitness training programme, where you can select an appropriate method of training to improve or maintain your fitness levels safely. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems. You will also implement your training program maintaining a training diary over a six week period. Finally you will review your programme looking at strengths, areas for improvement and suggesting recommendations for future training and performance. This unit is worth 25% of your total marks.

Unit 4 The Mind and Sports Performance: This unit looks at the concepts that influence the mind in sporting situations and, most importantly, explores the effects that they can have on sports performance. Learning aim A looks at personality, which is the basis of our behaviour, including how personality can influence choice of sport, and performance in sport. Learning aim B examines motivation and self-confidence, the influence that they have on sports performance, and a range of techniques that can be used to influence them. Learning aim C focuses on arousal and anxiety and the effect these can have on sporting situations. This unit is worth 25% of your total marks.

Resources for the BTEC exam assessed in January 2020 onwards including the specification and specimen papers can be found on the Pearson website on the link below Education/gcse/Physical Education-8035 



Homework at KS4 is normally set at least once a fortnight in Years 9 and 10, and more frequently in Year 11. This will often involve exam practice questions, and students gathering evidence for their coursework assignments, which have strict deadlines to adhere to.



Physical Education is considered a key subject by many 6th forms and colleges, universities and employers as it gives students a wide range of skills and knowledge from a range of other disciplines.

A number of our students each year go on to study A Level Physical Education, and it also has links with BTEC Level 3 courses in Sport, Exercise Science or Leisure and Recreation.

At University students may study a range of Physical Education related degrees from a traditional BSc Physical Education degree, to Physiotherapy or Leisure Management


Careers Information:

Students who study Physical Education go into a wide range of careers, and it is considered one of the most “employable degree subjects”. Careers may include:

  • Professional Sportsperson                
  • Fitness Instructor                         
  • Leisure Management                                
  • Physiotherapy                                         
  • Sports Psychologist                                
  • Sports Journalist                                   
  • Ground Staff
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Medicine
  • Teacher of Physical Education
  • Sports Dietician
  • Sports Commentator 
  • Sports Official    

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For more details please email the Head of Department Mr Rayney at