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Sport - BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport at The Mirfield Free Grammar & Mirfield College

Course description

This specialist qualification focuses on developing your knowledge of the different areas of employment within the vocational world of sport. The course brings together both practical and theoretical units where students gain outstanding classroom teaching throughout the course. This is achieved through a variety of vocational tasks that encourages the development of appropriate vocational behaviours and transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace.

All modules are assessed through a variety of methods including presentations, interviews, group work and written assignments, externally assessed exams and synoptic assessments. During the course all students will be given the opportunity to coach and co-ordinate extra-curricular sports activities. This will then enable you to become part of The MFG Sports Leadership Academy, and participate in coaching teams and leading sports events with local primary schools.

Course content

Unit 1 - Anatomy and Physiology*

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

Unit 3 - Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Unit 7 - Practical Sports Performance

Unit 4 - Sports Leadership - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 5 - Application of Fitness Testing - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 6 - Sports Psychology - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 17 - Sports Injury Management - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 22 - Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry - Internally assessed coursework

Unit 23 - Skill Acquisition in Sport - Internally assessed coursework

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements:Minimum of 5 GCSEs 9-4 or A*-C including English Language and Mathematics

Subject Specific Requirements:Grade 4 in GCSE PE or Level 2 Pass or above equivalent with Grade 4,4 in Combined Science, Grade 4 in GCSE English Language. (Sport/Coaching experience could also be considered).

*Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers.

*All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements



Unit 1 and 2 are double weighted externally assessed units = 33%

Units 4, 5, 6, 17, 22, 23 are single weighted internally assessed coursework units = 67%

Financial information

16-19 Bursary Fund

This scheme was introduced by the Government to help students study. Contributions and payments ‘in kind’ have been made to students to help with their individual identified needs, such as:

   •   Travel

   •   Stationery costs and packs

   •   Books and revision guides

   •   Educational trips/residential trips

   •   University Open Day visit costs

   •   Employment/apprenticeship opportunities


Bursaries are available to students in the following categories:



Category One:

Students who are identified by the government at ‘most vulnerable’ will be eligible for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200.

Category Two:

Family income is below threshold for working tax credits/free school meals.

Category Three:

Students who have an extreme financial barrier, mitigating circumstances and/or a short-term specific educational or independent living cost.

Applications will be issued during Summer 2018 for students to return on Enrolment Day.

For more information contact Sixth Form Admissions on 01924 483666 or email


Future opportunities

Studying BTEC Sport will equip you with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills that you need to prepare yourself for employment within the sporting industry, ideal for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the sport and leisure sector, public services or on to higher education. Students go on to study sport and its related fields, such as education, elite performance, sports management, sports coaching and development, performance analysis, technical scouting and sports therapy.

Further information

If you are interested in the world of sport and wish to pursue a career in its various related areas or intend to progress to careers which involve performance, including as a sports coach or a support officer in a high-performance environment, then this is the course for you.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: The course lasts two years and due to the order the units are covered cannot be cashed in after one year.
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