BTEC Tech Award Sport, Activity and Fitness

Why is BTEC Sport: Level 2 Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness important?

Sport, activity and fitness is a growing industry: it is expected to increase in size by 11 per cent by the end 2020. There are currently over 400,000 jobs in the UK. Sport, activity and fitness also has a positive impact on the health of the nation. Regular sport and physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions and illnesses, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity. The BTEC Tech Award in Sport offers learners a chance to develop skills to progress directly to a job role in a sporting occupational area. The course has a focus on building skills across a range of areas. These skills can be used in sport careers and/or to advance studies to level 3 and higher education.

What is involved in the BTEC Sport: Level 2 Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness course?

The course is divided into three key units of study.

Understand the Body and the Supporting Technology for Sport and Activity: In this topic, you will explore body systems, common sports injuries and technological advances that impact on sport and activity.

The Principles of Training, Nutrition and Psychology for Sport and Activity: This topic provides the opportunity for you to explore how training, nutrition and psychological factors contribute to engagement in sport and activity.

Applying the Principles of Sport and Activity: You will study the attributes of a successful sports leader and the physical and psychological benefits for the people taking part in their sessions. You will then plan and lead an engaging activity session.

How will you be assessed?

The three components in the qualification give you the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of the sports industry, and specialist skills and techniques in planning fitness training programmes and recommending nutritional strategies to improve fitness and performance at Levels 1 and 2.

Components 1 and 3 will be assessed internally. Each component consists of 3 assignments which specifically target the assessment outcomes for the component. Assignments are assessed against Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria.

Component 2 is assessed externally through a written exam, lasting 90 minutes and worth 70 marks.

In order to achieve a grade in the course, you must successfully complete and pass each component.

What can you do with BTEC Sport: Level 2 Tech Award in Sport, Activity and Fitness in the future?

Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:

A Levels as preparation for entry to higher education in a range of subjects

Study of a vocational qualification at Level 3, such as a BTEC National in Sport, which prepares learners to enter employment or an Apprenticeship, or to move to higher education by studying a degree in the sport or sport and exercise areas.

What do you need to do to prepare for the course?

To prepare for the course, you would significantly benefit from thinking about elements of sport, other than participation in sport. Students should look to use the specification (listed below) to help research the key elements of the course, and think about how to compare, contrast and analyse the reasons for participation and performance in sport.

How do I find out more?

You can visit the Edexcel BTEC Tech Award in Sport webpage which can be found here:

Need to know

Before beginning this course, you need to be aware that you will not be assessed on your practical performance. If selecting this course, you should do so because you would like to explore the opportunity of a future career in sport that does not necessarily involve competing.

Lessons will be theory-based lessons with opportunities to apply learning through a vocational approach – this means that you will not be doing hour long lessons involving participating in sport. Instead, you will be learning about the sports industry, health and nutrition and sports coaching, all with a view of providing you with the tools you need to complete the first step on the ladder for a future career in sport. It is essential you are aware of this and prepared to work hard in the classroom in order to be successful in this qualification.

This course uses and teaches reading and writing skills that you will be able to apply in your English lessons, as well as teaching elements which contain science content for areas such as anatomy and physiology. There are also elements of the course where you will be able to use and develop mathematic skills for reading and analysing graphs and other data relating to sports performance.

Student/Staff/Famous Person quote about the subject

“BTEC Sport goes beyond playing sport and provides students with an opportunity to acquire skills that will help them to follow a career in Sport with a lifelong appreciation for health and fitness. BTEC Sport also provides opportunities for students to develop key personal skills such as; independent learning, organisation, communication, problem solving and ICT skills, which will all help in a range of other subjects and throughout life.”