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Course Title :Sport – EDEXCEL BTEC Level 2 : SASAL (Outdoor Education)
Examination Board :EDEXCEL
Qualification :Level 2

Aims of the course

The outdoor education sector is  diverse with a wide range of employment opportunities. This can include working as in outdoor education centre or with specific activity based within the OAA industry.

This course is designed to mainly provide learners in schools and colleges with a broad introduction to the world outdoor education. Successful completion of the qualification, together with other relevant qualifications at Level 2 such as GCSE English, Maths and Science, could lead to learners progressing into Further Education and/or training. This could include:

  • A Level in Physical Education
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications in Sport (Delivered here in KS5)

This is a specialist qualification under the QCF framework. This course is aimed at giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for future education or the work place.

What will I learn? What skills will I acquire?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Award/Extended Certificate in Skills and Activities for

Sport and Active Leisure (Outdoor Education) (QCF) have been developed to give

learners the opportunity to:

  • develop specialist skills in outdoor education in the sport and active leisure sector
  • achieve a stand-alone qualification in outdoor education in the sport and active leisure sector
  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 vocationally-related qualification
  • progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications
  • engage in learning that is relevant to them and which will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

How will I be assessed?

This course is continually assessed using practical performances and written assignments. There is no external examination for this course.

Progression following this course. What’s next?

This course leads on to a number of courses at Key Stage 5.

BTEC Sport (Level 3) is offered at both the single and the double within Hawthorn High School.

A Level PE is also offered within the consortium.

What does the course consist of?

The course involves 3 units of study each carrying the same weighting of 10 credits.

All 3 units must be passed to be awarded the qualification.

The final Level 2 qualification is equivalent to 2 GCSE’s where a Pass is equivalent to a grade C, a merit a grade B and a Distinction a grade A.

Unit 1: Leading Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (T/600/2261)

Through this unit learners gain an understanding of how to lead activities within the Outdoor Education Sectors. This will involve planning and running events for younger pupils to demonstrate their leadership qualities.

Unit 2: Expedition Experience (D/502/5538)

It is through this unit that learners gain knowledge and understanding the factors involved in planning and carrying out an expedition. Here the learner will look at the environmental and safety factors involved as well as the physical requirements of an expedition.

Unit 3: Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (M/600/2260)

Within this unit learners gain knowledge, understanding and practical experience of a number of different Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. Some of these will be carried out on site and some will be carried out in specialist centres. Here the learners will look at the skills and techniques needed for the different activities as well as undertaking analysis of performance and planning for future improvements.

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