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Sport BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description


This is a practical and work-related course. Students will gain the key knowledge and practical skills required in the sports industry. It is equivalent to 3 GCE A Levels. Within the course there are opportunities to pick up extra accreditation awards such as First Aid qualifications and National Governing Body coaching awards. Within the BTEC, all students will study the CSLA (Community Sports Leader Award) in Year 12 and the HSLA (Higher Sports Leader Award) in Year 13.

The course is made up of 14 units. Four units are externally assessed through one examination and three research tasks. Each internally assessed unit consists of 2-4 theoretical and/or practical assignments graded as pass, merit or distinction. An overall grade of Pass (3E’s at A Level) Merit (3C’s at A Level) or Distinction (3A’s at A Level) is calculated from the grades obtained in each unit.

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/A*- C, as well as Maths and English GCSE Grade 4/C minimum. A Pass grade in a Key Stage 4 BTEC Sport course would benefit, but not essential.


 Mandatory Units – All by coursework and assignment

1 Anatomy and Physiology

Skeletal, muscular, cardio-vascular and respiratory systems. Energy systems. The short and long term effects of exercise on the body.

External Exam 1.5 hours. 90 marks

2 Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Client screening and lifestyle assessment. Fitness training methods. Fitness programming to support improvements in client’s health and well-being.

External task set and marked by Pearson.

3 Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports

Industry. Participation and reflection on a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Internally marked assignments

4 Sports Leadership

Roles, qualities and characteristics of effective sports leaders. Psychological factors. Leadership styles. Plan and lead sport and exercise activities.

Internally marked assignments

7 Practical Sports Performance

NGB rules, laws and regulations for selected sports competitions. Examination and development of skills, techniques and tactics required to perform in selected sports. Self-review of performance.

Internally marked assignments

8 Coaching for Performance

Skills, knowledge, qualities and best practice of performance coaches. Explore practices to develop skills, techniques and tactics for performance. Effective planning and the impact of coaching performance. Plan, deliver and review a coaching session.

Internally marked assignments

9 Research Methods in Sport

The types, importance and use of research. Factors affecting the quality of research. An introduction to research and the different methods commonly used in sport-based research.

Internally marked assignments

19 Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity

Understand the development and provision of sport in the UK and its relationship with global sport. Analyse the impact of a sports development proposals. Develop and justify a proposal for a sports development project.

External task set and marked by Pearson.

22 Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry.

How business operates in the sport and active leisure industry and how it responds to trends and other influences to meet the needs of clients and to benefit the business. Analysis of information and data for impact and for making recommendations for development or change.

External task set and marked by Pearson.


23 Skill Acquisition in Sport

Investigate the nature of skilled performance and how sport performers’ process information. Understand teaching and learning theories, and apply strategies for learning sports skills.

Internally marked assignments

Additional Units – all internal assessment

5 Application of Fitness Testing

Principles of fitness testing. Fitness tests for different components of fitness. Plan and administer tests, evaluate and feedback on fitness test results.

Internally marked assignments

10 Sport Event Organisation

Different types of sports events. Roles and responsibilities in planning and delivering sports events. Plan, promote, deliver and review an event.

Internally marked assignments

21 Leisure Centre Operations

Key responsibilities and personal skills of leisure centre facility staff members. The impact of key legislation and risk management strategies on daily operations. Review provision for different client target groups and plan for improvements in provision.

Internally marked assignments

25 Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

Roles and responsibilities of sports officials. Review performance of officials. Perform officiating roles, applying rules. Carry out a self-review.

Internally marked assignments


Financial information

There may be charges for trips and visits etc

Future opportunities

You could take this short course with a related GCE or other qualification to prepare for further education in areas of sport such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport Management or related degree programmes. You could also go on to study an NVQ vocational qualification in Sports Development, which could be work-based. With further training, you could go into a job related to sport such as a Sport Coach, Trainer or Gym Instructor . The course provides a work related programme of study so you could go straight into a job as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for, especially in the sport and exercise sector.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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