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Active Studies

This course enables you to explore the different vocational paths that sport, fitness and public services can offer. By widening your knowledge, you will be in a strong position to make a smart, informed career choice.

You will be working to achieve a Level 1 BTEC Introductory Certificate in Sport. The study programme covers units in:

– Playing Sports
– Training for Fitness
– Running a Sports Event.

You will also study the core units of Being Organised and Develop a Personal Progression plan to help you be ready to progress on to Level 2.

There will be a number of trips and practical activities throughout the year to support your studies such as visits to professional sports clubs and private gym facilities, outdoor activities such as surfing, wakeboarding and climbing as well as team-building activities with the British Army and Royal Marines.

You will be studying to improve your English and maths from a GCSE grade 2 or 3 or study Functional Skills qualifications. You may also take part in our work experience and enrichment programmes, supporting your studies and gaining you real career experience.

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Sep 2022 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB134 (2022)
Level : Level 1
Duration : 36 Weeks
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Course details


You must pass all the units to gain this certificate. To pass each unit, you will produce a portfolio of evidence including a range of written assignment work, presentations, project work, group work and practical-based assessments. The assessments are graded on a Pass, Merit, Distinction system.

Entry Requirements

You must hold four GCSEs at grade 2 or equivalent (or above), preferably including Maths and English. If you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English, you’ll continue studying these subjects alongside your chosen course(s). At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 1 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills (where applicable) before progressing on to your next course.

This course is for people with a real commitment to pursue a career in sport, fitness, pubic services or outdoor education and gain further qualifications or employment.


Upon completion of this course, you can progress onto the Level 2 Certificate in Sport, the Level 2 Diploma in Public Services, the CYQ Level 2 Diploma in Fitness, Exercise and Health, or, go on to do other further education courses at Petroc.

Facilities and resources

Practical sessions will take place in the college gym, sports hall and fitness studio; occasionally, off-site venues may be used. Classrooms will be at the main North Devon campus.


Q: Do I have to be good at sport to do the course?

A: No, you do not need to be good at any sport; however, you will have to participate in a range of different sports and activities for some of the practical assessments.

Q: Do I Still have to do Maths and English?

A: You will need to study Maths and English as part of your programme until you achieve a GCSE grade 4 or equivalent.

Q: Are there any exams?

A: The BTEC Certificate is all coursework assessed, however, you will have exams for the English and Maths aspects of your study programme.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

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Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : FTB134 (2022) North Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.


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