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The following 7 units will comprise the qualification of the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sports.

The BTEC Level 3 qualification in Sports aims to provide a broad educational base for further training, further education, and employment within the sports sector. The qualifications will develop learners’ abilities through the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme.

Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
The aim of this unit is to explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.
Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness
The aim of this unit is to provide an opportunity for learners to explore the body’s response to acute exercises and how the body adapts to long-term exercise participation.
Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport
The aim of this unit is to make the learner explicitly aware of the vital nature of risk assessment and its management within the sports industry.
Unit 4: Fitness Training & Programming
The aim of this unit is for learners to be able to plan fitness training sessions and design fitness training programmes.
Unit 5: Fitness Testing for Sports & Exercise
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain an understanding of fitness testing and the importance of health screening and health monitoring tests.

Unit 6: Sports Coaching

The aim of this unit is to develop learners understanding and knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, skills, and techniques of a sports coach and how to apply them whilst coaching and/or leading sports sessions.

Unit 7: Practical Individual Sports

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to explore the skills, techniques, tactics, and rules of individual sports through active participation.

Possible CP Career Pathways: CP SPORTS

Sports Scientist
Physical Education Teacher
Sports Psychologist
Sports Advertising and Branding Executive
Sports Journalist
Sports Business Director
Personal Trainer
Specialized Sports Coach

Highlights of WISS IBCP Sports Pathway

Students involved in the IBCP Sports pathway will have ample opportunities for hands-on experience in the field, athletic scholarships and athletic internships at WISS and in the Shanghai community. Read more about one of our IBCP Sport’s students experiences in the program.

IBCP Sports-Stoke Academy

As an IBCP Sports student at WISS, you will have the incredible opportunity to be involved with the Stoke City FC Academy at WISS. You will be able to learn from and coach alongside the Stoke City FC Academy coaching team, delivering amazing sessions to the young athletes involved in the program. You will have the opportunity to work with a variety of different age groups and learn from highly experienced, professional Stoke City coaches.

One programme you will be involved in is the Happy Feet Outreach Program which provides football sessions to local schools and nurseries. This will allow you to not only experience a variety of coaching environments but gain practical coaching hours working primarily with early years children. You will gain an understanding of session planning, session delivery, class management, child engagement, and safety and welfare, alongside an experienced, qualified coach.

The Happy Feet Outreach Program is a fantastic opportunity for you to excel personally and professionally alongside developing future career pathways. The coaches will mentor you throughout the process and help you to improve your organizational, interpersonal, leadership, and time-management skills. The skills you will develop and the confidence you will gain from this experience will be invaluable. It will also be highly beneficial when it comes to making the transition to further education or the workplace.

IBCP Sports-Firstpoint USA

WISS has recently partnered with FirstPoint USA, a leading sports scholarship organization. FirstPoint USA works with over 2500 US Colleges and Universities and has placed over 8000 student-athletes in sports scholarship programs since 2001. We are very excited to name them the “Official USA University Scholarship Partner of the Western International School of Shanghai” and work together to best serve the student-athletes we have here at WISS. The agreement we have in place provides our students access to a wide variety of benefits and services, and we are the only school in China that FirstPoint USA has partnered with. The FirstPoint USA representative also works for the University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) and can share information on the excellent sporting degree opportunities available at UCFB.

Please find the links to both websites below:

For more information about this partnership or the many opportunities available at WISS for student-athletes, contact