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Sport (Leek) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport is a broad based National Vocational Qualification, which provides a detailed understanding of the Sports Industry. The qualification gives opportunity to begin studying for a range of sports related professions including careers in health and fitness, sports therapy & sports coaching. The course comprises of 19 units that are continually assessed via course work projects. It is vocational in nature combining theoretical and practical units. This qualification is equivalent to three A levels.

Course content

As part of the Sports course you may have the opportunity to take part in an educational outdoor activity based residential to Spain. A variety of trips will be organised as part of the course including visits to leisure centres, outdoor activity centres and sports stadiums. A range of additional vocational qualifications are often available throughout the programme. These may include: sports coaching, life guarding, & first aid.

Entry requirements

Entry onto the programme can be via any of the following:

• 4 GCSE passes grade ‘C’ or above

• Level 2 Qualification (equivalent to 4 GCSE’s at Merit grade)

• Aged 19 over, with a willingness to succeed

All entrants are interviewed prior to entering the course and entry can be gained where applicants demonstrate keenness, the ability to work hard and a willingness to be successful.


This 2 year full-time programme is assessed continuously via coursework in most units. A range of assessment methods are used including practical sports, written reports, work experience and investigations. There is a strong student centered approach to the course where all students are encouraged to develop the confidence to learn independently.

Future opportunities

It will enable successful students to move into a career in the sports industry. Upon completion you will be able to make informed choices regarding future employment opportunities such as: provision of individual/group sports activities, health promotion, coaching and community development. As a valid alternative to A levels, BTEC Nationals can provide an entry route to Higher Education courses in sports related courses such as sports development and coaching, leisure management, teacher training etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Buxton & Leek College directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2016
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