Sports_Day_2014_26_270What is a BTEC National Award?

A BTEC National Award is a practical, work related course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You focus on a particular subject area and develop a range of specialist skills and knowledge.

It is equivalent to one A level so when you have finished the course you can use it to get a job – or a better job if you are already working. Or you can use it alongside other qualifications to go into higher education first.

A BTEC National Award is normally taken part time alongside other qualifications or by people in employment and is equally suitable for school leavers and mature students.

What is the course structure?

The course is made up of six units – two core units which everyone takes and four specialist units from one of the three pathways.

What subjects will I study?

Two core units:

  • Body In Action
  • Health and Safety In Sport

Four specialist units:

  • Fitness Testing
  • Training and Fitness
  • Sports Leadership
  • Working with Children

What can I do at the end of the course?

BTEC National Certificates are valued by employers and higher education (universities and colleges).

If you want to get a job straight away you could work in:

  • Sports Centres
  • Leisure Activities
  • Outdoor Activities Centres

If you decide to go to University or college and you have other qualifications, you could take a degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as:

  • Sports Studies
  • Leisure Management
  • Recreation Management
  • Teacher Training

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