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Sport BTEC National Extended Certificate (Level 3) at Bemrose School

Course description

The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport is an Applied General qualification for Post 16 learners who want to continue their education through applied earning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level, and it has been designed as a one-year, full-time study programme, or a full two-year programme when studied alongside a further Level 3 qualification.


Course content

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the sport sector.

Learners will study three mandatory units:

• Unit1: Anatomy and Physiology

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

• Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry.

Learners will also choose one optional unit from a range which has been designed to support choices in progression to sport courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas.


BTEC Nationals are assessed using a combination of internal assessments, which are set and marked by tutors, and external assessments which are set and marked by Pearson:

• mandatory units have a combination of internal and external assessments

• all optional units are internally assessed.

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Future opportunities

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of study. It combines well with a large number of subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines (depending on the subjects taken alongside).

For learners who wish to study an aspect of sport in higher education,opportunities include:

• BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business

• BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology

• BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education

• BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2016

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