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Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Sport

Course Level: 

Level 1

Job opportunities after this course: 

BTEC Level 2 or employment in the sports/leisure industry e.g. coach, leisure attendant, etc.

Overview of the course: 

This is a one year course that focuses on introducing you to the various aspects of sport and active leisure, including fitness testing and programming, the human body, sports training, organising events, leading activities, etc. It is also designed to encourage you to develop the personal skills and qualities you need to work in the sport, leisure or outdoor education industries. It is intended to be a practical hands-on programme for those students who prefer this type of learning compared to the rigours of academic study.

As part of your study programme you will also be required to attend Maths and English lessons if you have not already achieved a Grade C or above in these subjects. Your timetable will consist of 12 hours contact time, which includes an hour of tutorial with your Progression Coach.
Finally, you will be expected to complete a minimum of 72 hours work experience within the field of Sport or Active Leisure.

Entry requirements: 

This course is aimed at those students working below Level 2, with an interest in working in the sport or outdoor sectors, e.g. Entry Level qualifications/low grade GCSEs/an appropriate standard of literacy and numeracy. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


The course is quite practical in nature but also focuses on the theory behind sport and exercise. Therefore, lessons will incorporate both practical sessions, such as fitness testing and programming, as well as classroom based lessons. Other topics include How the Body Works, Assisting at a Sports Event, and Improving Own Fitness.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be required to complete 13 individual units. These will be assessed internally by your subject lecturer, and will include observation of practical activities, assignments, and completion of workbooks.

Further study options after this course: 

Successful students will be allowed to progress to BTEC Level 2 by achieving the required grades, as well as passing functional skills. They may also move into employment in the sports/leisure industry e.g. coach, leisure attendant, etc.

Length of the course: 

1 year, full time


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019

Free if you are under 25 on the 31st August 2019 with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 2 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications

Free if you are unemployed and in receipt of eligible benefits – contact us to check if you are eligible

Free if you are employed and your income is less than £16,009.50

If you do not meet the above criteria and need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (17 Jul 2019 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
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