MAXimise your teaching with a visit from GB Olympian, Max Whitlock OBE

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Are you looking for an opportunity to inspire your learners? Now’s your chance as Pearson is offering one lucky BTEC Sport college the chance to win a visit from Olympic champion gymnast and former BTEC Sport learner, Max Whitlock OBE. 

The competition is open to educators entering on behalf of an institution currently offering a BTEC Sport qualification. Learners would get the chance to hear first-hand from one of our greatest sporting legends and how he is preparing for Paris 2024.  

The lucky winning school or college would be able to personalise Max’s visit based on their curriculum priorities.  

This could be an inspiring insight into Max’s journey to Olympic glory or a deep dive into the psychology of success. You would have the chance to maximise the impact of hosting a sporting hero by personalising the day.  

This could include:   

  • An assembly style insights session addressing your learners 
  • Focused sessions with smaller groups of sports learners 
  • Sessions for teachers or learners on facing deadlines, working under pressure and improving mental health 

The competition closes on 31 March 2024 and the winner will be contacted by email. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to bring the world of professional sports directly to your college. 

Enter via our website before 31 March 2024.  

Learn more about BTEC Sport 

BTEC Sport gives learners the skills and confidence they need to progress into a fulfilling, exciting career. The sport and fitness industry is fast paced and everchanging, making it essential for learners to have the drive and resilience to adapt. 

At all stages of their careers, the practical base of BTEC Sport will help learners to excel as team players, coaches and leaders of the future. 

For Max Whitlock, BTEC Sport was a “no-brainer”. After studying the qualification aged 16, Max went on to become Britain’s most successful gymnast, winning 14 medals and 6 titles in Olympic and World Championships. He will be competing for Team GB at the Paris Olympic Games later this year. 

“Young people are all different: we need qualifications and an education system that supports that. Studying a BTEC made me more productive, I learned valuable soft skills such as how to manage my time better and how to be a better communicator. For young people and adults up and down the country, I really think that vocational qualifications like BTECs are the key to unlocking people’s potential.” - Max Whitlock OBE 

What’s next for BTEC Sport? 

Colleges and schools can continue to teach BTEC Sport with confidence as it is unaffected by the government’s Level 3 vocational reform until 2026.  

The BTEC Level 3 Technical in Personal Training is set to launch for first teach in September 2025. The new qualification provides: 

  • Meaningful and occupationally relevant learning experiences 
  • Engaging assessments made relevant to local contexts 

The BTEC Level 3 National in Sport and Sport and Exercise Science (AAQ) are in development and will be available for first teach from September 2026.  

Find out more about delivering BTEC Sport