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Is anyone else's child doing BTec Level 2 Sports Science?

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Hakluyt Wed 25-Feb-15 10:25:37

And if so, are they bored out of their minds by it? sad

TalkinPeace Wed 25-Feb-15 11:34:50

One of DDs friends is.
He was ranting about it when I gave a load of them a lift into college the other day.

Hakluyt Wed 25-Feb-15 11:56:29

Soooooooo frustrating! How on earth can they make it boring?

TalkinPeace Wed 25-Feb-15 12:00:32

Skill, care and careful attention to asinine detail grin

ChillySundays Wed 25-Feb-15 12:17:09

Bored as in too easy or bored as in boring because it is not what they expected.

Hakluyt Wed 25-Feb-15 12:30:15

Both, I think. And the format. What seems to happen is that they are given a task and a set of criteria. If they complete the task satisfactorily they they are give the same task with the criteria for a merit. And then for a distinction. So the more able ones do the same task 3 times...........

ChillySundays Wed 25-Feb-15 12:57:29

I see what you mean.

My DS is doing a level 3 BTEC. They only get one chance to hand in an assignment. They are only allowed one re-submit if they fail or are very close to the next grade up. They are given the criteria for pass, merit and distinction all in one go. They need to cover the right criteria first time round barring the re-submit.

The more able should be able to get a distinction first time round.

I would be querying this to be honest. Don't know about level 2 but it could be that the college are not following the correct procedure by getting them to do that but like I said it may be that level 2 is run like this.

Level 2 is a year course so they will be going onto level 3 in September

Hakluyt Wed 25-Feb-15 13:04:51

It's not a college- it's a school. He's only in year 9. Maybe that makes a difference?

ChillySundays Wed 25-Feb-15 14:11:27

My son did a level 2 sport at school over Y10 & 11 and his work seem to go back and forth several times. I was under the impression that BTEC rules had changed for this academic year but again the tutors may have been referring to level 3

It is still worth checking as they could be bending the rules.

It might be worth posting on the further education part of this site as there may be someone from college who knows how it works at college. Obviously ask the specific question about how often the work can be submitted

Hakluyt Wed 25-Feb-15 14:26:51

I don't think any work has actually been formally submitted anywhere yet- the final drafts are all in a file. How I understand it is that they have a period of time for each assignment- the lower ability spend the whole time on one version, middle ability on two to get a merit. and higher on three to get a distinction. But I could have got it wrong....I suppose I'd better ask the teacher.

ChillySundays Wed 25-Feb-15 14:54:05

Like I said it may be different. However it sounds very demoralizing for the more intelligent ones who could get it first time.

I am wondering whether the rule that only one piece can be submitted is being bent by them unofficially doing several pieces. If someone can't get the distinction there is a merit piece of work to be used.

Does that make sense?

Again I could be wrong

Do update when you have spoken to a teacher.

TwoToTango Sun 01-Jan-17 19:21:22

Hi, any words of wisdom much appreciated

DS want to go to college to do a L3 Sports/Excercise course.
Entry criteria request 5 GCSEs including PE
He should get 5 GCSEs at the required grades but will not be taking GCSE PE - this is due to the new Head at school removing it from the curriculum. The teachers have run the course after school but DS did not do it because it had started before he realised (!) and I make his medical appointments after school so he thought he wouldn't be able to do it and didn;t speak to me until it was too late.
Sorry for the ramble but has anyone got any experience of this - would they allow him to do the course withought PE - would he be able to offer to do PE GCSE alongside the course?
He has an interview for the course and seems determined to give it his best shot. I'd like to help him but not sure what I can do
Any advice great received

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