Sports Science

 

At CP Riverside, we are approved to deliver a range of Health and Fitness and Sport qualifications.  Please find relevant information below for each qualification.

BTEC First Certificate in Sport (Level 1/Level 2)

Over the one/two years, students work through a number of different practical and theory units, producing a portfolio of coursework along the way. The current specification also includes one compulsory unit where students are assessed by a 1 hour on-screen exam in year 11, worth 25% of the course.

This course offers an engaging programme for those interested and passionate about sport; it is equivalent to one GCSE and is recognised by colleges, apprenticeship providers and employers.

All students will cover 4 units throughout the course which encompass a variety of sporting topics. Throughout the course students will be required to work to deadlines and complete assignments to a set criteria which total 75% of the assessment of the course.

In year 10, students will study Unit 2, Practical Sports Performance, where the students will focus on developing their knowledge, tactical awareness and practical performance predominantly in basketball and badminton. In learning aim A, students will investigate the rules and regulations of a sport and apply the knowledge gained through observing officials in action. Students will also habe the opportunity to participate in National Governing Body coaching and leadership awards to reinforce and extend your knowledge and qualifications in this area. For learning aim B, students will take part in a variety of sports. These may be sports in which they excel or have a particular interest. Students are required to demonstrate the skills, techniques and tactics within each of the sports selected for assessment. For learning aim C, students will review their performance in the sports in which they participated. This review will look at the strengths and areas for development within their own performance. Students will also be encouraged to consider plans to develop your performance within the selected sports.

Also in year 10, students will study Unit 5, Training for Personal Fitness.  Learning aim A introduces students to the stages of designing a personal fitness training programme, where they can select appropriate method(s) of training to improve or maintain fitness levels safely. For learning aim B, students will gain awareness of personal exercise adherence factors and strategies, i.e. important knowledge to help them keep to a training schedule. For learning aim C, they will implement their personal fitness training programme, maintaining a training diary. Finally, for learning aim D students will review their programme looking at strengths, areas for improvement and suggesting recommendations for future training and performance.

In year 11 students will study Unit 6, Leading Sports Activities.  Whilst studying learning aim A, students will be introduced to the attributes required to be a successful sports leader, giving them knowledge of the skills, qualities and responsibilities associated with success in sports leadership. Learning aim B enables them to consider the planning and leadership requirements for delivering sports activities. They will be given the opportunity to develop their ability and knowledge of sports leadership through the knowledge of the requirements of planning and target setting for sports performers. For learning aim C, Students will evaluate their own effectiveness as a sports leader within the session they planned and delivered. Students will need to consider strengths within the process of sports leadership and plans for further developing their ability as a sports leader.

Also in year 11, students will study Unit 1 (external exam), Fitness for Sport and Exercise usually taken in January.  In learning aim A students will cover the components of physical and skill-related fitness and the principles of training. Learning aim B explores different fitness training methods for developing components of fitness, and for learning aim C students will gain knowledge and skills in undertaking and administering fitness tests.

The ability to meet coursework deadlines and good organisational skills are essential to put students in the best position to achieve on this course. On completion of the course, students will achieve a Level 1 Pass, a Level 2 Pass, a Level 2 Merit or a Level 2 Distinction, the highest outcome.

Students who achieve this qualification can go on to study the BTEC National (Level 3) in Sport or Sport and Exercise Science full time at college or as part of an apprenticeship.  This qualification is a perfect introduction for anyone who wants to work in the sport or health and fitness industry.

 

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Health and Fitness

Over the one/two years, students work through four practical and theory units. The current specification also includes one compulsory unit where students are assessed by a 2-hour external assessment.  Students must achieve a minimum of a Level 2 pass in the external assessment to complete the qualification in its entirety.

This course offers an engaging programme for those interested and passionate about health, fitness, nutrition, anatomy and physiology; it is equivalent to one GCSE and is recognised by colleges and apprenticeship providers and employers.

All students will cover 4 units throughout the course which looks at a variety of aspects relating to health and fitness. Throughout the course students will be required to work to deadlines and complete assignments to a set criteria which totals 75% of the assessment of the course.

In year 10, students will study Unit 1, Principles of Health and Fitness, where they will learn the principles of health and fitness, components of fitness and the principles of training. In year 10, students will also study Unit 3, Preparing and Planning for Health and Fitness and will be introduced to the factors that affect a health and fitness plan, the preparation and planning of a health and fitness plan and the importance of evaluating a health and fitness plan, before taking the external assessment linked to this unit.

In year 11 students will study Unit 2, Healthy Lifestyles and gain the knowledge and understanding of how food and physical activity contributes to a healthy lifestyle in addition to diet, nutrition and individual motivations. Students will then study Unit 4, Develop a Personal Health and Fitness Programme which will allow them to bring together their prior learning from the course and develop a health and fitness programme.  Students will have the opportunity to carry out fitness tests, learn warm-up and cool-down techniques before embarking on completing their own 6-week fitness programme.

The ability to meet coursework deadlines and good organisational skills are essential to put students in the best position to achieve on this course. On completion of the course, students will achieve a Level 2 Pass, a Level 2 Merit, a Level 2 Distinction or a Level 2 Distinction*, the highest outcome.

Students who achieve this qualification can go on to study higher level Health and Fitness related qualifications at college or as part of an apprenticeship.  This qualification is a perfect introduction for anyone who wants to work in the or health and fitness industry.

*There is also a Level 1 version of this qualification that is delivered if more appropriate for the student cohort.

 

NCFE Level 2 in Sport (Sport, Exercise and Fitness)

This course offers an engaging programme for those interested and passionate about health, fitness, nutrition, anatomy and physiology.

All students will cover 4 units throughout the course which looks at a variety of aspects relating to health and fitness. Throughout the course students will be required to work to deadlines and complete assignments to a set criteria which makes up 100% of the assessment of the course.

In year 10, students will study Unit 1, Participating in Sport, where they will develop their practical skills in sport through organising and participating in sports activities.  Students will work with others to plan a sports activity, participate in a sports activity and evaluate their own performance and the performance of others following the activity.

Also in year 10, students will also study Unit 2, Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and will be introduced to the structure and function of the body systems, how exercise impacts the body and how exercise can improve the overall health of an individual.

In year 11 students will study Unit 3, Introduction to Healthy Exercise and Nutrition and gain the knowledge and explore the effects of exercise in the body, the components of fitness and different types of training.  It also introduces why specific populations should adhere to key safety guidelines.  Students will also consider the impact and importance of good nutrition and the health benefits related to this.

Students will then choose one unit from the following list and complete the necessary learning related to that unit:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Planning and Running a Sports Event
  • Plan, Deliver and Evaluate an Activity Session
  • Preparing to Work in the Sport and Leisure Industry

The ability to meet coursework deadlines and good organisational skills are essential to put students in the best position to achieve on this course. On completion of the course, students will achieve a Level 2 Pass, a Level 2 Merit, a Level 2 Distinction or a Level 2 Distinction*, the highest outcome.

Students who achieve this qualification can move onto NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing · Intermediate Apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness · Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership · NCFE Level 3 Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sport · NCFE Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity at a further education college or onto an apprenticeship.

Course Teachers

  • Assistant Principal Student Support

    Mark Eyre

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