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Sport (Development & Coaching) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The course involves study of a variety of sports related units and aims to provide students with a holistic look at sport and help them to identify their sporting interests.

Students complete the following 8 mandatory units:

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
  • the physiology of fitness
  • assessing risk in sport
  • fitness training and programming
  • sports coaching; sports development
  • fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • practical individual sports

And 11 optional units chosen from the following:

  • Practical team sports
  • outdoor and adventurous activities
  • sports nutrition
  • current issues in sport
  • leadership in sport
  • exercise, health and lifestyle
  • instructing physical activity and exercise
  • exercise for specific groups
  • psychology for sports performance
  • sports injuries
  • analysis of sports performance
  • talent identification and development in sport
  • sport and exercise massage
  • regulations and officiating in sport
  • organising sport events
  • physical education and the care of childern and young people
  • sport as a business
  • work experience in sport
  • profiling sport performance
  • research investigation in sport and exercise sciences
  • laboratory and experimental methods in sport and exercise sciences.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport has been designed as a full two-year programme of study, enabling learners to develop a substantial common core of knowledge, including anatomy and physiology, fitness physiology, risk assessment and fitness training and programming. It includes specific mandatory units which are related to the pathway such as sports coaching, sports development and fitness testing. It also allows students the maximum opportunity to study in more depth a full range of optional areas of their choice. It is mainly designed for those learners who wish to go into the sports/leisure industry. Learners can achieve breadth of study through the large core and extensive options, rather than by studying complementary qualifications alongside it. The qualification allows learners to develop the wide-ranging knowledge, understanding and skills required for direct progression into a broad range of roles within the industry they are going to be a part of. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport also provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses, fully meeting entry requirements for most courses.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.

Future opportunities

Students can progress on to university to study various sports-related degrees, including P.E. teaching. Other career progressions include the leisure industry, public services, sports coaching, sports management and sports development.

Further information

Work experience is included as part of the timetable and a relevant placement forms a compulsory part of the course. Course-related residentials are also offered for the benefit of students. 

Students also complete the Community Sports Leaders Award through their work in BTEC and have the option of progressing on to the Higher Sports leaders Award.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.