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Sport BTEC Certificate-Extended Certificate Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

The BTEC Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma in sport is designed for students who wish to study sport along side other subjects. The course is the equivalent to and generates the same UCAS points as a full A level. It is vocationally based which means you will study and be assessed in a variety of ways. You will need to have an enthusiasm for sport, both theoretically and practically.

You will be working in both a theoretical and practical manner and therefore will find yourself in the gym and sports hall as much as the classroom

Course content

You will study sport specific units over two years covering a range of topics. 
Year 1 
Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
The key areas for this unit explore the structure and function of the 5 different body systems that allow us to perform as athletes. You will learn about the different bones of the skeleton, the different types of joints, the sliding filament theory, the different types of muscle and muscle fibres, the structure of the heart and blood vessels, the mechanics of breathing, the role of Adenosine Triphosphate and its production via the three different energy systems.

Unit 2 The Physiology of Fitness 
This unit links onto unit 1 and uses the knowledge learnt to focus on the acute and long term effects of physical activity on the body.
Learners will have the chance to investigate the effects of exercise on each of the body systems by taking part in practical activities and conducting physiological tests to help ‘see’ for themselves how each of these react. This will involve taking part in maximal fitness tests.

Unit 3 Assessing Risk in Sport
This unit gives learners knowledge and experience that can be used to help promote a culture of health and safety in sport. The consequence of sports leaders failing in their duty of care is the charge of ‘negligence’ being brought against them through the civil courts. It is therefore important that learners understand the issues and how they affect them when working in the sports industry. Through the use of case studies and discussion learners will understand the huge amount of responsibility that is placed upon them in this career choice.

Unit 7 Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
This unit will allow the learner’s to explore the different tests available and the benefits and drawbacks of laboratory and field-based fitness tests. Learners will also be introduced to the practice of health screening and how to carry out health monitoring tests. Learners will have to take part in regular fitness training sessions and monitor their own fitness levels as well as that of selected individuals.

Year 2 
Unit 17 Sports Psychology 
This unit develops learners’ knowledge of sport psychology and how psychological techniques can be applied to influence the performance of individuals and teams. 
Learners will look at personality, motivation the sports performer’s ability to deal with increasing levels of stress and anxiety and how the functioning of a group can influence the outcome that a sports team produces. Learners are able to produce a training programme in which to develop a client’s psychological skills. This is a very theoretical unit where extra-back ground reading will be essential. 

Unit 12 Current Issues in Sport 
This unit examines how sport has evolved in the context of the wider society, with the focus on the British experience. The development of sport is explored from the pre-industrial era to the influence of public schools in the nineteenth century, the rationalisation and regulation of sports such as cricket and football, and on to the present day. Through discussion and case studies areas of how the media and technology impact on modern sport is developed throughout this unit.
Barriers affecting sports participation are explored, such as available resources, travel time and disposable income. The unit also covers the many cultural factors that influence participation in sport, such as gender, ethnic background, and class. Learners will be asked to present their findings in a formal presentation.

Unit 5 Sports Coaching
This unit will develop the learner’s leadership and coaching abilities. It will develop their knowledge of the skills and techniques used by coaches to enhance sports performance, and will also provide them with an opportunity to apply these skills and techniques whilst coaching and leading sports sessions.
This is a practical unit that will focus on the learner going through the coaching process.

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade 4/5 or above and preferably GCSE Maths at grade 4/5 or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry. 

Entrants not holding a grade 4 in Maths, but who have a grade 2/3, will study GCSE Maths and take the examination at the end of the year. Completing first years will not be able to automatically continue into their second year without achieving GCSE Maths at grade 4.


This course is currently 100% coursework based. These are a combination of written work, presentations and one to one interviews.

Future opportunities

You will be able to study sports at higher education level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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