St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
A Voluntary Aided Academy

Key Stage 4

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Sport.  

This course is equivalent to one GCSE.  


Unit 1: Health and Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Mandatory Core Unit)This unit will give pupils the opportunity to explore the essential fitness requirements and training methods used to achieve successful sports performance. Pupils will explore a variety of training methods and investigate their personal fitness levels by participating in a series of fitness tests.  

Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance(Mandatory Core Unit)Pupils will have the opportunity to follow a variety of sporting activities throughout the course. The aim of this unit is for pupils to develop knowledge of the rules, skills and techniques for various sports through practical application. Pupils will also develop in the role of coach and official within these activities. Opportunities will allow pupils to participate in analysis of performance work.  

Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action(Optional Specialist Unit)Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of the short term responses and long term adaptations to the main body systems. The unit will focus on pupilslearning about the skeletal system, the muscular system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and energy systems. Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of how these systems respond to exercise.  

Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities (Optional Specialist Unit) Pupils will develop knowledge of the skills, qualities and responsibilities of an effective sports leader. Pupils will have the opportunity to work with primary pupils and younger pupils at SJP in order to plan and lead sports activities and events. The aim of this unit is to give learners an opportunity to inspire, motivate and improve the performance of a selected target group through the delivery of a sports activity and event.  


The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Sport is run over two years and content is broken down into units. Each unit is worth a specific amount of points and to successfully complete the course, pupils must complete each unit to the required minimum standard. Pupils must complete the selected four units in order to achieve the required amount of points.  Each unit contributes to 25% of the overall grading level.  


Unit 1, Health and Fitness for Sport and Exercise, is assessed externally. This takes the form of a controlled assessment and is an online screen test. Pupils will be tested on their knowledge of content from the unit. The assessment is marked out of 50 and on completion pupils will be awarded the relevant PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION level.  

The three other units are assessed through coursework completion and this means that there is NO final written examination for these units. Each unit has a number of assignments to complete in order to fulfil the individual unit requirements. Within assignments, tasks will be completed to PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION level. Each individual assignment must be completed to the minimum required standard in order to pass the whole unit. All assignment tasks are coursework and contribute to the completion of the course.  


Following a BTEC programme is an exciting way to study. It gives you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that you will need in the world of work and university. BTEC courses put you more in charge of your own learning and allow extensive opportunities to develop the ability to work with independence. 75% of the course is assessed through coursework assignments and 25% of the course is assessed through an online controlled assessment. Each assignment will have a deadline, so you will need to be organised and have a mature attitude towards independent learning.  

On successful completion of this course, you may wish to study the BTEC Level 3 in Sport in Sixth Form. This is the equivalent to one A Level and will further develop and extend knowledge from previous units. Students will also have the opportunity to take on and study new topics within units. On successful completion of the BTEC Level 3 in Sport, students are then eligible to apply to university to continue their studies or vocations.  



Pupils follow the Edexcel exam board for GCSE

Pupils are assessed in 4 sports – these could be football, netball, rugby, cricket, basketball, trampolining, climbing or any sport you do outside of school well. This is externally assessed by a moderator.

Pupils also study 2 units

This is assessed on a 1:30hour exam paper.