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Sport Introductory (Level 1)

This course will develop the personal skills and qualities you will need for learning and working within sport and leisure. You will take part in a wide range of sporting activities, as well as learning about the healthy body and starting work in the industry. Successful completion of this course will give you access to the Level 2 Diploma in Sport. Full access to the Colleges successful sport academies, which offer top training in a range of different sports, including football, rugby, basketball and more.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a genuine interest in sport and recreation. Some evidence of studying at GCSE level or successful completion of an Entry Level qualification would be an advantage.

Course content

During the course you will study a range of topics, including how the body works, improving own fitness and organising and assisting an event.

The course will consist of the following units:

  • Fitness for sport
  • Practical sports performance
  • The mind and sports performance
  • The sports performer in action
  • Training for personal fitness
  • Leading sports activities
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Lifestyle and well-being
  • Injury and the sports performer
  • Running a sports event
  • Carrying out a sports-related Project
  • Designing exercise programmes
  • Work experience in sport
  • Functional Skills in English
  • Functional Skills in Maths.

You will also be given the opportunity to go on a range of trips, including scuba-diving, skiing, snowboarding, paintballing, camping, a football tour, a basketball tour or a rugby tour. At the end of June you will be invited to attend the Sports department Oscars awards evening to celebrate successes from the course.

In addition to the main qualification, you will also study to achieve the following additional qualifications:

  • Emergency First Aid Level 2
  • Football Coaching Level 1
  • Rugby Coaching Level 1
  • Basketball Coaching Level 1
  • Health for Life Level 1
  • Sports Leader Award Level 1.

Assessment methods

All BTEC work will be assessed through assignments, which can consist of written essays, presentations, group discussion, practical observation and poster production. Both functional skills will be assessed through formal exams.


Sport & Active Leisure CYQ Level 1 Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to a higher level of study in a related subject, such as Sport Level 2, Outdoor Education Level 2 or Public Services Level 2.

Additional information

To take part in this course there will be an additional fee of approximately £95 for required clothing. 

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

Start DateCourse Code
24/05/2013 H646

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