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Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) BTEC Level 3 at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Are you driven to find out how you can improve your performance in sport?

Are you interested in how our bodies push themselves to their physical peak?

How can we successfully promote healthy, active lifestyles?


Is Sport for you?
  • You wish to develop practical sports skills in a variety of sports
  • You want to apply your knowledge and technical skills within practical fitness and coaching environments
  • You want to investigate the different aspects of the Sports Industry from health and fitness and sports therapy to sports coaching and teaching
  • You want to pursue a career in the sport and fitness industry
  • This can be studied as an Extended Certificate (equivalent of 1 A Level) over one year or as a Diploma (equivalent of 2 A Levels) over two years.

Course content

The Diploma is a 2 year course and in order to progress to the second year you will be required to successfully complete the 7 units outlined below in the first year.

Year 1

Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport

You will explore the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and also to learn the fundamentals of the energy systems.

The Physiology of Fitness

You will investigate the body’s response to acute exercise and how the body adapts to long-term exercise participation.

Assessing Risk  in Sport

You will become aware of the vital nature of risk assessment and its management within the sports industry, in order to make sure all risks are minimised before people get involved in sport.

Fitness Training & Programming

You will learn how to plan fitness training sessions and design fitness training programmes.

Sports Coaching

You will develop your 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

Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

You will gain an understanding of fitness testing and the importance of health screening and health monitoring tests.

Practical Team Sports

You will explore the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of team sports through practical participation.


Entry requirements

You must have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade C or above


There are no exams for this course. All assessment is through set assignments which are submitted at various points through the year.

Future opportunities

Level 3 BTEC Diplomas are valued by employers and Higher Education. You may choose a degree in Sports Studies, Sports Therapy, Coaching, Leisure Management, Recreation Management or teacher training.

You may choose a career in a sports-related field such as in a Sports Centre, Leisure Centre or Outdoor Activities Centre.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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