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Sport BTEC Level 3 at Ashington Community High School

Course description

The BTEC Sports Level 3 National Extended Certificate (EDEXCEL) offers a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the sector. It is particularly suited to those learners who are aiming towards a sport-related career in areas such as sports development, outdoor education, training and fitness.

Completion of the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate will result in the equivalent of one Advanced Level qualification after two years of study. The qualification will also result in UCAS points equivalent to the grade awarded.

Entry requirements

An interest in the sport is crucial for this qualification. Learners are expected ideally to have A Level 2 Pass or C grade in a sports related qualification. If you do not study PE then please speak to staff as you may still be suitable to study this qualification if you have passed other Level 2 courses.


The course is theory & practical based and will be delivered in a variety of ways, from teacher-led to interactive student presentations. Often the theory elements of the course will be delivered in a practical setting to allow for a vocational experience. The course is a combination of internally assessed coursework and externally assessed work e.g. written examinations and externally set tasks. This will require students to work maturely in their own time showing strong determination to succeed. Students will work together with staff to assess and improve their work and prepare them fully for their externally assessed units.

The learner will complete 4 units over two years, which will be internally and externally assessed. Each unit will be individually graded as “Pass” “Merit” or “Distinction”. To achieve the Pass, Merit or Distinction grade the learner must meet the appropriate assessment criteria set out in the unit assignment briefs.

Assessment will be through a variety of means including written reports, presentations, case studies and practical work.

Future opportunities

A qualification in BTEC Sport is recognised as being extremely important by colleges, universities and employers. The course develops confidence in assignment writing, creativity and presentation skills required for employment outside of a PE / Sport specialist. Possible careers include:

- Sports Development
- Sports Management
- Coaching
- Teaching
- Fitness Trainer

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2017

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