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Sport - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Whitmore High School

Course description

The BTEC Diploma is a practical, work-related course that will provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding for success in future employment within the Sports industry. The qualification offers learners an opportunity to study a range of units that provide the baseline for future employment or training, especially in areas such as sports development, outdoor education and training and fitness. The qualification will also attract UCAS points and will provide a route into higher education.

Year 1 is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. On completion of Year 2 the qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels

Course content

You will study fifteen units in total over this two year course. 

Core Units

The units we currently intend to cover in year 1 are:

1. Anatomy and Physiology (120GLH & written exam)

2. Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport & Well-being (120GLH & pre-release task)

4. Professional Development in the Sports Industry (60GLH & assignments)

5. Research Methods in Sport (60GLH & assignments)

6. Application of Fitness Testing and Training (60GLH & assignments)

14. Sports Psychology (60GLH & assignments) Sports Leadership (60GLH)

Entry requirements

  • 4 Grade Cs at GCSE including 4s in English Language and Maths or Merit in Level 2 BTEC Diploma and 4s in GCSE English Language and Maths


  • Selection in the Watford FC trials or Evidence of a high standard (club level) in any sport 


One unit will now be assessed via a 90-minute written exam, which is set and marked externally by the exam board. Two units will now be assessed via a 2-hour pre-release task which is set and marked externally by the exam board. The remaining units will be assessed in the form of assignments, practically through a range of methods including presentations, role plays, practical performance, written reports, posters and verbal questioning. 

Future opportunities

The qualification has been specifically designed for those students who are focused on Sport and Physical Activity as a career or university pathway. Progression to a related degree course or an advanced apprenticeship in Sports, Fitness or Leisure operations are both popular routes for students completing this course. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Whitmore High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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