“The course is aimed at students with a keen interest in a variety of sports who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector.”

Course Detail

BTEC Sport is an exciting, practical, theoretical and exam based subject which involves fitness training, professional development and provision of sport. The course is aimed at students with a keen interest in a variety of sports, who wish to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector. Students will study three mandatory units:

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry.

And will also choose one optional unit from a range designed to support future career plans. The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A-Level.

How will I be assessed?

This course has both internally and externally assessed components. Internally assessed units require students to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills.

The requirements of the course will be met through a variety of assignments which are assessed through presentations, role play, practical work and by completing coursework tasks in controlled conditions. Externally assessed units:

  • The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma has one written exam lasting 1.5 hours and
  • two externally assessed set tasks, to be completed during a defined window.

Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information.

Students need to complete significant and relevant work experience as part of their course.

Students on the Diploma and Extended Diploma courses, must complete all the work required for the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate by the end of Year 12 to be able to continue with their studies in Year 13.

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE Maths: 4
GCSE English: 4
GCSE PE would be beneficial

Three additional GCSEs, in any subject, at grade C/4 or better.

Where can this course take me?

Upon successful completion of the diploma it is possible to progress into higher education to study: Sport and Exercise Studies; Physical Education Teaching (both primary and secondary); Sport Therapy; Coaching Science; Health, Sports Performance and Nutrition; Recreation/Sports Management; Leisure Management and Sport Development. Past students have gone onto higher education on one of the many sports degree courses available, or have obtained employment within the fitness industry or sports development centres



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