BTEC Sport at Hartpury College

BTEC Sport at Hartpury College


[BTEC Sport at Hartpury College] Tom Hall, Physical Activity Specialist, Active
Gloucestershire (local employer): BTECS are really important for the future
of the sport industry, because the sport industry as a whole is changing so quickly. And I think
BTECs have that practical component which allows students who are doing it to understand
how it’s changing, to get experience of that and therefore when they come out and
into the outside world they’ve got some of that experience. It has to be a good thing
for them, and it’s absolutely a good thing for organisations like ours. Dan Robinson, Head of Department, FE Sport, Hartpury College: The thing that makes the BTEC Sport learners stand out from the crowd, is in two years
with us the developing of their confidence and their organisation, their planning and
their delivery – by now in their second year in their extended diploma they’ve done
so much volunteering, coaching, teaching that they can pretty much go into a school and
they can teach anything. Sasha, student: My BTEC has helped me grow a lot in confidence. Before I came here I never really believed
in myself that much, I’d put myself down quite a bit, but actually, coming to Hartpury
and reaching top grades – it’s actually like oh, I’m not that bad at it! It’s
helped me gain confidence a lot more. Cerys, student: I feel like my BTEC course prepared me for university really well as the assignments
were quite a lot like the university assignments – the way that they are structured. I feel
like I might not have got that if I took A Levels. Also a lot of the practical elements
– I’d already learned a lot of coaching knowledge prior to coming to university, so
I feel like that’s really helped me out to coming to university. Tom Hall, Physical Activity Specialist, Active Gloucestershire (local employer):
BTEC learners tend to be really, really open minded. They have different experiences, they
take them on, they learn from them, and so from our point of view BTEC learners will
be really ready for the world of work. They are confident, they are competent, and it
has to be good for them, but also potential employers like ourselves. Dan Robinson: A lot of our BTEC Sport students do two sets of placements over the two years. Those on
the fitness BTEC will do two sets of gym based work experience and a lot of these guys get
offered paid work before they even finish their BTEC. And then a lot of development
coaching and fitness guys will get offered work in schools, so actually some of the schools
will offer them paid teaching or coaching during after school clubs, and then some of
them actually would rather they go and work for them at 18 as their teaching assistant
than going to university. So, almost, the students have got the best of both worlds
– they can progress on to higher education or they can get paid employment at 18. It’s
a great position for them to be in. Alan Beard, School Games Organiser, The Forest
Teaching Alliance (local employer): I currently have two BTEC students on placement,
and they’re fantastic. They’re all the things I would want them to be – they are
reliable, they’re enthusiastic, they’re self-motivated. But they also bring the leadership
themselves to the actual role. Cerys, student: From my BTEC course I learned a lot of coaching styles and ways in which to deliver sessions.
I’ve gained quite a lot of confidence and more organisation skills on how to organise
and plan a session. I know what I want to plan, I know how important learning objectives
are, and I have the confidence to be able to take on board what I’ve learned and implement
it when I’m coaching. Sasha, student
I’m really proud of my increase in confidence, this has definitely been helped through my
BTEC. I’m standing in front of people and speaking in front of a massive crowd – it’s
something that I never thought I’d be able to do. But through work experience and coaching
I’ve been able to do that, and it’s something I would feel comfortable in doing again, which
is a big achievement for me. Tom Hall: I think BTEC’s fantastic, the industry is
changing all the time. Young people need to be able to adapt, they need to be open minded.
The BTECs practical component of it really does give young people those opportunities,
those breadth and depth of opportunities so they can learn their skills, they can develop
their skills, they can learn and understand what they’re good at and what they like.
They develop the resilience that they will need in the industry, and I think that the
more practical components you can have to a course these days, the more likely you are
to be able to understand what employers want, but also be able to move with the times and
the changing industry, and I think the BTEC’s a really, really important way of preparing
young people for the future. [Learn more about BTECs in Sport at pearsonfe.co.uk/BTECsport2019] [Pearson]

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