Foundation Level 1

Sport and Active Leisure

This is a great first stepping stone for anyone keen to work in the field of sport or adventure sports. It’s an active learning pathway, so you’ll take part in a range of different sports.

From football, badminton and table tennis to rock climbing and kayaking, you’ll study both on and off campus to give you a broad insight into the sport and exercise sector.

Course includes

What will I study?

Core units:

  • Being organised
  • Developing a personal progression plan
  • Working with others
  • Researching a topic

Optional units:

  • Investigating Crime Scene Evidence
  • Taking part in Fitness Testing
  • Planning and Navigating a Route
  • Playing Sport
  • Assisting in a Sports Activity
  • You will undertake a 2-3 week work placement
  • 100 hours work experience
  • BeReady programme
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 1 year, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • You do not need any formal entry requirements to enrol on this course

What qualifications will I gain?

  • BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Vocational Studies (Sport and Public Services)
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications
  • You may have the opportunity to complete additional qualifications e.g. Level 1 Award in Active, Healthy Living

Course options after this programme

Career options

  • Working in a sports shop
  • Working at a leisure club
  • Preparation for Public Services
  • Working with coaches
  • Progression to higher level qualifications (recommended)
Additional qualifications

You may have the opportunity to complete additional qualifications e.g. Level 1 Award in Active, Healthy Living.

Team sports and the gym

Sports teams at Reaseheath

As a sports student you will have the opportunity to develop and improve your skills in a chosen sport by joining one of the college teams. Throughout the year our teams regularly compete in the North West British College Sports (BCS) Leagues.

The college also offers recreational sports including Tough Rugby, Indoor 24 crickets and badminton. To find out more about these sports and our college teams visit the sports teams pages on our website.

The College gym

This state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped with top specification machines including an Olympic lifting platform, free weights area and Technogym cardiovascular and resistance machines.

To find out more about our gym and how to become a member visit the College gym pages on our website.

Fit for Work

Every student takes part in a dedicated hour of physical activity a week.

Duke of Edinburgh

We are now offering the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award across college to all students.  So if you are between the ages of 16-25 you can sign up to Duke of Edinburgh here at Reaseheath.

Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find out more information about this course on our FAQs page.

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Student Profile
Kieron Rooney

School: Blackfriars Academy, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Next step: Level 1 Diploma in Sport

Ambition: Football or boxing coach

“I’ve been on the Entry Programme for two years studying subjects including animal care, horticulture and fit for work. Since coming to Reaseheath I’ve become much more independent and confident and I’ve worked hard to achieve my goals, particularly in maths and English.

“I’ve enjoyed working with my lecturers, and I’ve had lots of fun with a new group of friends. I even got the ‘Best Entry Level Student’ trophy at the college awards!

“I’ve always enjoyed sport so I’m really pleased I’m going to study it further. I spent my work experience with Crewe Alex FC helping to coach schoolchildren and I can see myself doing that as a career.”