BTEC Sport

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”

– Michael Jordan 


Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?

At the Horizon School, our BTEC Sport course equips our students with many positive values with regards to leading and participating in a healthy active lifestyle.

Students follow a balanced programme of physical activities with the objectives of:

  • Promoting physical activity and encourage enjoyment and a sense of achievement at all levels.
  • Developing all pupils skills at both social and interpersonal levels.
  • Promoting team work through working with others.
  • Developing and encourage good levels of health and fitness.
  • Ensuring pupils have the knowledge, skills and confidence in all areas of sport and encourage pupils to participate in extra-curricular activities.


What do we teach? What does this look like? Why is it sequenced in this way?

Units of work that contribute to BTEC Level 1& 2 qualifications in Sport include a wide range of training opportunities.

Students will complete four units during the course on the following topics:

  • Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Online test) – topics include Components of Fitness, Training Zones, Training Methods and Fitness Tests.
  • Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance (Assignments) – sports rules, regulations, tactics and practical demonstrations
  • Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training (Assignments) – creating, participating and reviewing a fitness training programme
  • Unit 5: The Sports Performer in Action (Assignments) – Effects of exercise on the musculoskeletal system and cardio-respiratory system, long term adaptations of musculoskeletal system and cardio-respiratory system

Students are introduced to the base knowledge of physiology, training methods and leadership skills that form the foundations for the subsequent units.


What will this look like? By the time students leave our school they will:

By the end of this course, students at the Horizon School will:

  • be able to study sport and physical education courses in the future
  • add an extra dimension to their personal skills profile which will impress
  • be in a stronger position to get a job which requires leadership skills
  • students can apply knowledge to their own sporting careers and others they may know
  • increase their performance levels with extra knowledge
  • improve their own fitness levels and lead a healthier lifestyle


This subject is related to the following careers and could lead to a pathway into; 


Cycling coach

Fitness instructor

Football referee

Football coach

Leisure centre manager

Outdoor activities instructor

Performance sports scientist

“Sports are such a great teacher. I think of everything they’ve taught me: camaraderie, humility, how to resolve differences”

– Kobe Bryant

Positive Feedback

The staff at The Horizon School, Hartlepool take time to listen and build relationships with all the students.

Annais (Student)

I have a better relationship with the teachers at The Horizon School, Hartlepool. They listen to me and help me with my work

Sean (Student)

Teachers have high aspirations for pupils and their next steps in life...Pupils are well prepared to leave school after Year 11.

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