West Thames College London

Foundation Sport and Public Services - Level 1

Foundation Learning courses are designed to give you the skills to progress to Level 2.

Key course features


BTEC Level 1 Certificate or Diploma

Level: Level 1

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

This course is for young people with few qualifications who are interested in a career in sport and leisure or the armed forces or emergency services.

About the course

You will usually study Sport from September and then Public Services from January.

Sport: You will play sport in our sports hall and outdoor pitch and take part in fitness activities. You will study the sport and leisure industry and learn about starting work in sport, the healthy body and effective teamwork.

You will study the sport and leisure industry and you will also have the opportunity to play sport in our sports hall and outdoor pitch. You will study functional skills in English and maths.

You will study:

  • Taking part in exercise and fitness
  • Taking part in sport
  • Investigating body systems.

Public Services: Experienced tutors with a service background will provide you with the knowledge you'll need to work towards a career in the armed forces and emergency services. Visiting speakers from various areas of the uniformed services will give lectures and provide practical training sessions.

You will study:

  • Public service careers
  • Improving health and fitness for entry into the uniformed public services
  • Personal skills for the public services
  • Practical teamwork in the public services.

You will also study functional skills in English and maths.

Additional opportunities

If you are not already a member of a local cadet force (such as the police or sea cadets), you will be encouraged to join a cadet programme in a related service in order to enhance your studies.

How will I be assessed?

There are three modes of assessment:

  • College based assignments, some of which are externally marked
  • External testing
  • Practical assessment.
Where next?

If you complete all the modules you can go on to the BTEC Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport or Uniformed Public Services.

Entry requirements

None, but you will have an assessment. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

This course is free for students under 19 years, however you will need to purchase a sports kit and uniform.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Lewis Herson

    BTEC Level 3 Uniformed Public Services

    Lewis Herson

    “The teaching I've had over the past two years has been the best that I’ve had throughout my whole educational life. I plan to join the British Army. By having the qualifications from this course, it allows me to join at the rank of an officer.”

  2. Marwa Buni

    BTEC Level 3 Uniformed Public Services

    Marwa Buni

    We are proud to announce our first Warranted Officer. Marwa is an inspiration to all students.


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