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Sport BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description


This is a practical and work-related course. Students will gain an introduction to the knowledge and skills required in the sports industry. It is equivalent to 1 GCE A Level. Within the course there are opportunities to pick up extra accreditation awards such as First Aid qualifications and National Governing Body coaching awards.

The course is made up of 4 units. Two units are externally assessed through one examination and one research task. Each internally assessed unit consists of 2-4 theoretical and/or practical assignments graded as pass, merit or distinction. An overall grade of Pass (E at A Level) Merit (C at A Level) or Distinction (A at A Level) is calculated from the grades obtained in each unit.

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/A*- C, as well as Maths and English GCSE Grade 4/C minimum. A Pass grade in a Key Stage 4 BTEC Sport course would benefit, but not essential.


Mandatory Units

1 Anatomy and Physiology

Skeletal, muscular, cardio-vascular and respiratory systems. Energy systems. The short and long-term effects of exercise on the body.

External Exam 1.5 hours. 90 marks

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

Client screening and lifestyle assessment. Fitness training methods. Fitness programming to support improvements in client’s health and well-being.

External task set and marked by Pearson.

3 Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports Industry. Participation and reflection on a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Internally marked assignments

Additional Unit

4 Sports Leadership

Roles, qualities and characteristics of effective sports leaders. Psychological factors. Leadership styles. Plan and lead sport and exercise activities.

Internally marked assignments


Financial information

There may be a charge for trips and or visits etc

Future opportunities

You could take this short course with a related GCE or other qualification to prepare for further education in areas of sport such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport Management or related degree programmes. You could also go on to study an NVQ vocational qualification in Sports Development, which could be work-based. With further training, you could go into a job related to sport such as a Sport Coach, Trainer or Gym Instructor . The course provides a work related programme of study so you could go straight into a job as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for, especially in the sport and exercise sector.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

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: 05 June 2018
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    • Herne Bay High is a highly successful, innovative school that prides itself on its culture of high expectations and traditional values, particularly relating to respect, discipline and behaviour. We are passionate about supporting every child to achieve their full academic potential, whilst developing our students into responsible, mature and confident young people.

      The curriculum will be the principal means whereby students’ entitlement to a broad and relevant education can be fulfilled. Statutory requirements , including those relating to the National Curriculum, will be observed and implemented; the School will strive to provide all our students with a challenging and engaging educational experience tailored to their abilities and interests at KS3 and a personalised KS4 and sixth form experience. Our focus is to equip our students with the requisite skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world.

      The School is not only an educational community of adults and young people but also an important part of the local community. The awareness of students to both of these features will be encouraged; the ethos of the School will be directed to this end.

      Herne Bay High will strive for excellence and high quality provision in all aspects of the curriculum, students learning, progress and development. Young people need to complete their period of schooling with high self-esteem, confidence, wider horizons and a range of appropriate qualifications, skills and personal attributes.

      Little of this can be achieved by students without hard work, the desire to learn, enjoyment, care for one another and creative, co-operative endeavour; this the School aims to achieve with all members of the School community.