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Sport - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate - Applied Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

An Applied Pathway Subject - This course offers students a broad basis of study for the sports sector. This is a single award qualification and is equivalent to one A Level and is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A levels.

Today’s BTEC Nationals are demanding, students will have to choose and complete a range of units, be organised and keep a portfolio of assignments.

Throughout the two year course students will take part in a number of different academic, practical and vocational assessment activities. 

Course content

Students will complete 4 modules over the 2 year course.

Unit 1 - Anatomy and Physiology (Mandatory)

Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.

Unit 2 – Fitness Training and programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being (Mandatory)

Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.

Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry (Mandatory)

Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Students will study a 4th Optional Unit which will be selected from a list of the following depending on the needs of the cohort.

Sports Leadership

Application of Fitness Testing

Sports Psychology

Practical Sports Performance

Entry requirements

An average of 4- 'Attainment 8' score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 3s and 4 grade 4s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths

At least a grade 4 in GCSE P.E. or if not taken a grade 4 in Biology, or a grade 4/4 in Combined Science, or distinction in BTEC Science 


Unit 1 – 1hr 30min External Examination

Unit 2 – Two hour written task worth 60 marks, this assessment is sat in exam conditions, students will be given “pre released “ information two weeks prior to the task around which they will be expected to complete approximately 8 hrs of research in preparation for completing the task.

Unit 3 – Portfolio of evidence plus the completion of some practical tasks.

4th Unit – Combination of portfolio assignments and practical tasks.

Future opportunities

Higher Education



Sports Coaching

Sports Therapy

Sports Science

Sports Development

Sports Psychology

The Leisure Industry

Leisure Management

PE Teaching

Personal training

Sports Law

Sports Technology

Professional Sports Career


Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Bristow, Sixth Form Administrator on or on 01628 625308, extension 236.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: APSPO18BTEC
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