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Sport BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Grey Court School

Course description

The BTEC is designed for students who wish to start a career in the sports sector, with a specific focus on sports development, coaching and fitness. The qualification gives students an insight into the various different occupational routes you can take within the sector, including routes into the sport and leisure industry, health centres and private sector and public sector clubs. Opportunities include working with sports professionals, in fitness, sports coaching and outdoor education. 

What's different?  BTECs are different to GCSEs and A level in that they do not normally entail examinations. Instead, they are internally assessed based on your coursework. Although this takes some pressure a way at the end of the year, it does mean you have to try to work to your highest standard throughout the whole year. BTECs are vocational, so there will be a definite feel of ‘learning on the job’ and the things that you learn will seem instantly applicable to the real world.  

Course content

Year 12:

  • Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness
  • Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Unit 4: Fitness Training and Programming
  • Unit 5: Sports Coaching
  • Unit 6: Sports Development
  • Unit 7: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

Year 13:

  • Unit 8: Practical Team Sports
  • Unit 10: Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Unit 11: Sports Nutrition
  • Unit 12: Current Issues in Sport
  • Unit 13: Leadership in Sport
  • Unit 14: Exercise, Health and Lifestyle

Entry requirements

B at GCSE in PE or BTEC equivalent from Level 2

5 GCSEs at grade A*- C


All BTECs are continually assessed through a series of assignments throughout the year.  Methods of assessment include: written essays, presentations, coaching sessions, administration of fitness tests, website design, video production, CD ROM, mock interviews, designing training programmes and practical skill demonstrations. Each assignment is scored (subject to external moderation) and each student’s accumulated assignment score results in an overall BTEC mark: Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

Future opportunities

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport allows you to quickly learn how to become creative in the planning and delivery of sports coaching, fitness training and instructing exercise sessions. You will learn to adapt and progress coaching sessions leading and instructing different groups of people from primary school children, your peers, people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Successful completion could lead onto higher education or an Apprenticeship and career opportunities include physiologist, dietician, fitness instructor, personal trainer, physical activity manager, sports and exercise coach, sports development officer. 

On successful completion of BTEC qualifications learners may progress into employment, begin an apprenticeship or continue to study at university. All university PE/Sport courses now accept BTEC qualifications. 

As well as trips we link with a variety of sports clubs to ensure we can deliver the best opportunities for our students.

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: 10 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Sport Science BTEC

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