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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport at Meadowhead

Course description

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport


See information on our website about the Sheffield FC Sports Scholarship that can run alongside this qualification - A unique opportunity for talented 16-18 year old footballers to secure a realistic pathway into semi-professional football whilst studying at Meadowhead Sixth Form


Course content

About the course

On the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport course you will cover 3 mandatory units including: Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health Sport and Wellbeing, Professional Development in the Sports Industry. Other optional units include: Practical Sports Performance, Sports Psychology, Sports Leadership and Application of Fitness Testing. The lessons will be a mixture of practical and theory and students will be given the opportunity to organise sports events and coach/lead younger students.

Will the course suit me?

The ideal student would take an interest in sport as a whole subject. They should enjoy practical lessons and be prepared to analyse their own and others’ ability. They will want to learn about how the body reacts to exercise and the different body systems involved when developing fitness and training. Students will develop an understanding of how to coach and lead sessions and should be prepared to become a role model within the PE department, helping to run Extra Curricular activities and clubs.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C. Must include B or above in GCSE PE or a Merit or above at BTEC Level 2. A grade C or above in English is essential and a C in Science would be desirable for this course.



The qualification consists of internally assessed assignment work worth 33% of the overall grade. The remainder of the course is externally assessed through a Fitness Programming synopsis and an externally assessed exam, these 2 units combined are worth 67% of the overall grade. Assignment work is graded through developing a portfolio of evidence which hits specific criteria for each unit. The final grade will be established through a means of calculating a credit score, accumulated through the 4 units.

Future opportunities


BTEC Nationals are designed to provide highly specialised work related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. This course will give the students the knowledge, understanding and the skills that they need to prepare for employment. The qualification also provides development for students to go onto higher education, degree or professional development programmes.

Further information

Personal Study Time

BTEC Level 3 students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. You will be given significant amounts of homework on a regular weekly basis. The nature of this work will depend on the topic being studied but will always be given in order to reinforce the work covered in class and will often form the basis of assignment work.


Where can I find out more information?

For more information, speak to Mr Pitman or Mr Allen.

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: 04 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September