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Edexcel BTEC Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure - Level 1

Academy of Sport


A course for those interested in pursuing a career in sport and leisure.

You will study subjects such as:

  • Taking part in exercise and fitness
  • How the body works
  • Investigating rights and responsibilities at work
  • Exploring career choices
  • Working as part of a group
  • Physical activities for children
  • Safe learning in the workplace
  • Working in sport and active leisure

English and maths are a mandatory part of the course and you will be required to study these at the appropriate level. These qualifications are designed to enhance your employment opportunities and support you to progress.

As part of the course you will be expected to complete a minimum of 20 hours work placement for 'on the job' training and assessment.

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Entry requirements

  • Two GCSEs with at least 2 points (grade E) preferably including either English, maths or both OR
  • A minimum of Entry Level 3 Functional Skills English and maths

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

You will be requried to purchase and wear the Academy of Sport kit when in college.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20171 yr(s)1605A1034FREE£465.00** EApply online
Sep 20181 yr(s)1605A1034FREE£465.00** EApply online

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

Practical observation
Task-based work
Written portfolio work

What will I study?

As part of the programme of study, you’ll have access to top facilities including the college’s new sports hall – built to Sport England standards.

Study units such as taking part in sport, how the body works, investigating rights and responsibilities at work and job opportunities in sport and active leisure.

Spend time both in and away from the classroom doing activity-based sessions.

You are also required to complete volunteering opportunities and work experience.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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Why choose West Notts?

Best college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

In the top 10% of all providers nationally for apprenticeships

Second for vocational value added* in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

90% of students move into a positive destination

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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