Award Crest
York College

Entry requirements

A minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade E, one of which must be English (grade 2+). Students should also have a genuine interest in taking part in sport and the sports industry.


One year.

What will I study?

The programme content includes a comprehensive introduction into the health, fitness and sports industry. Students will investigate how the body works and how to plan and take part in improving their own fitness and that of others. Students will also investigate the sports industry and how to lead sporting activities as well as assist in organising and running a sports event. Focus will be given to exploring job opportunities in the sports industry and the skills required to work in the industry such as assessing risks and hazards and dealing with accidents and emergency situations.

You will be expected to complete Functional Skills in Maths and English to give you the best opportunity of gaining employment or continuing to a higher level course.

Units covered include:

Taking Part in Exercise and Fitness
Planning Own Fitness Programme
Improving Own Fitness
Work Skills
Job Opportunities in Sport and Active Leisure
Working in Sport and Active Leisure
How the Body Works
Working in a Team
Taking Part in Sport
Assisting a Leader of Sports or Active Leisure Activities to Plan and Deliver an Activity
Assisting at a Sport or Active Leisure Event

Reading lists

There is no recommended reading list, however information/advice will be given during the course.

How will I be assessed?

The assessment will involve a range of both written assignments and practical observations by your tutor. As part of your tutorial programme your course tutor will provide you with the help and guidance necessary to complete any assignments and structure your practical assessments.

Depending on the level you achieve on your initial assessment at the start of the course you may be required to sit a computer based exam for the Functional Skills units of the course.

What could it lead to?

Upon successful completion of this course you may wish to progress to the Level 2 Diploma course in Sport or the Level 2 Diploma course in Public Services. (This is also subject to a good course report and recommendation from your course tutor). Some students may wish to pursue entry to employment in the sports and fitness industry.

Which qualification will I achieve on completion of the course?

At the end of the course you will have achieved the following qualifications:

Edexcel BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure
Edexcel Level 1 Award in Work Skills
Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT (level dependant on initial assessment)

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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