BTEC Firsts from 2010
BTEC short courses
Entry Level Certificate
GCE from 2008
GCSE from 2001
GCSE from 2009
NVQ and competence-based qualifications (QCF)
How does the course work…
BTEC Sport courses are mainly theory based however students do get a chance to carry out practical activities. Success in these areas provides valuable advantages in the working world.
Find out the course units you will be studying early into undertaking the course and find out the relevant information needed to complete each unit. The BTEC website is useful for downloading the unit specifications.
How are you assessed and graded…
Your learning will be assessed by assignments, set by tutors. These are to be completed throughout the course, using different assessment methods; such as case studies, projects, presentations and written assignments. These assignments can be work based or carried out under a time constraint. These assignments are based upon learning outcomes set by Edexcel. These are listed in the Unit Specification.
- To achieve a ‘Pass’ a learner must have completed and met all the Pass assessment criteria
- To achieve a ‘Merit’ a learner must additionally have completed and met all the Merit grading criteria
- To achieve a ‘Distinction’ a learner must additionally have completed and met all the Distinction grading criteria.
Use your time wisely…
Time management is a fundamental aspect of completing a BTEC course. This involves planning what to do and when to do it to prevent panics about unexpected deadlines. As the course progresses this will become more important as the work load may increase towards the end of a term. Quite often students will be working on several assignments at any one given time.
Students must learn to prioritise work, normally it will be the assignment with the closest deadline.
Make the most of your resources…
Students have a wealth of resources available to them which can make them successful on a BTEC Sport course. By attending lessons students receive the information they need to complete the course however if students wish to achieve the higher grades they must do their own research. Students have access to essential resources, such as a library with appropriate books, electronic reference sources and internet access.
Understand your assessment…
Students can be asked to complete in the region of 30 assignments over the course of the year, these vary from small worksheets to lengthy projects and practical coaching demonstrations. Assignments focus on topics that will be covered in class. Providing students regularly attend, students should be able to complete assignments confidently.
Students must ensure that when given an assignment they read the assignment brief and make the most of any feedback given to them from tutors.