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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport provides you with an understanding of the essential skills needed to build a career in the sports sector. The qualification will give you insight into the various routes you can take, plus help you progress to employment or further education. The course can be adapted to meet your abilities and aspirations, focusing on your areas of interest such as sports coaching, working with children in sport, or outdoor and adventure activities.

Course content

On the Subsidiary Diploma:
You will study three compulsory core units plus a choice of three specialist units. Core units include Principles in Anatomy and Physiology of Sport, The Physiology of Fitness, Assessing Risk in Sport and Fitness training and programming. You will also study three additional units including: Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Practical Team Sports, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and psychology for sports performance. The Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A level. A Distinction Plus is equivalent to 140 UCAS points, Distinction 120, Merit 80 and a Pass 40.

Entry requirements

GCSE PE at grade C or higher or BTEC Sport at Merits or higher. A minimum of a C grade in English and Mathematics is also required. Students without level 2 sports qualifications but who have proven sporting ability and achievement (such as Sports Leadership Awards, representation of a club or borough in a specific sport) would also be considered for this course but must provide evidence of these achievements at interview.


This course is 100% coursework which will be assessed both practically and theoretically. Power Point presentations, self assessment, teacher assessment and video presentations can be used to assess learners. Although learners and not assessed on their practical achievement, their knowledge of rules, understanding of game play and their analysis techniques will be recognised and credited.

Future opportunities

From BTEC Sport courses there are many routes either into employment or higher education. Employment opportunities include working within the sport and leisure industry, sport retail sector, sport teacher, working within the school sports partnership, sport management, sport coaching, sports massage, police officer, fire service and other public services, sports marketing, development of sport within the community.

Further university education opportunities include Sports teaching, Sports Management, Sports Science (with science A levels), Sports Coaching and Teaching, Sports Psychology degrees at universities locally and nationally.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.