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Sport & Active Leisure Level 1 Certificate

BTEC Introductory Certificate
This is a practical based course which uses the knowledge gained in the classroom and then applies it in the sports lab, gym, sports hall and on playing fields.


This is a practical based course which uses the knowledge gained in the classroom and then applies it in the sports lab, gym, sports hall and on playing fields. This course is delivered over the first half of the academic year and then it merges with the BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Public Services course which is delivered over the second half of the academic year. (See BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Public Services for details). Altogether you will be studying for one year. Learning occurs through the completion of vocational assignments with a range of assessments to suit you


The course is a variety of lectures, practical projects and sports sessions.The course is practical with a theoretical basis so that learners understand and practice what they have learned.

Course Leader profile

Kathryn Beckley

Kathryn is the level 1 & 2 Sport Course Leader and lecturer across levels 1-3 in Sport. She has worked within the Sports Department at Calderdale College for several years after completing her BSc (Hons) in Exercise, Physical Activity and Health and PGCE at Huddersfield University. She is also a  level 2 trained gym instructor and qualified coach in a selection of sports.

Entry Requirements

An introductory course suitable for beginners. School leavers should aim for at least 4 GCSEs at grades G or grades 1 or above which should include one of the following - Maths, English, Science, PE or IT. Applicants will be considered following a satisfactory interview with a tutor.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

Every learner is assessed using a variety of assessment methods such as practical sessions, presentations, podcasts, tests, assignments, posters, discussions and observations. All assessment methods are made vocational to different sport and leisure career areas.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

If you achieve a merit or above you may progress onto a Level 2 First Diploma in Sport. You may also progress onto a Sport Apprenticeship programme or volunteering work with sport and healthy lifestyle initiatives and programmes in the community.

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Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: 22 January 2018 & September 2018
  • Hours per week: 13 hours per week (18 weeks)
  • Days: Mon - Fri
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.00 pm
  • Duration: 18 weeks
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Science and Health Industries
  • Department Manager: Deborah Tims


  • Level: Level 1
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Certificate in Sport & Active Leisure
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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Calderdale College,
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