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Sport (Performance and Excellence) BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

This stimulating and challenging vocational course is for students who intend to study for a degree or follow a career in Sport and Recreation.

What goes well with this course?

We recommend that students can combine it with one or two A Level or BTEC subjects, for example, Level 3 courses in Public Services, Computing, Media Studies, English, Psychology or Sociology.

Course content

This is a vocational course designed to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the Sport and Exercise Science industry. Students will explore topics such as the Anatomy & Physiology of Sport, Sports Leadership and Coaching for Performance. Learning is largely theory based, linking the subject areas to current and relevant pratical sporting settings. Students will acquire knowledge via staff, individual and group research, visiting speakers, assessing elite performers and personal experience.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme. Practical sporting ability is required.

Students should have a genuine interest in sport as much of the course will involve linking the theory learnt through sporting examples. Students will not be directly assessed on their sporting ability. However, there are practical elements of the course that require students to be motivated, enthusiastic and able to regularly participate in practical lessons and able to consistently meet coursework deadlines.

Students should be willing to take part in practical activities and be able to work with others.


Students take ten units, consisting of written assignments, presentations and practical assessments.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Future opportunities

Studying Sport at Coulsdon could lead to:

  • A degree in Sports Studies, Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Sports Management or Sports Coaching and PE teaching
  • Careers within the Fitness Training Industry, Leisure Centres, Sports Development and Coaching are also popular

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coulsdon Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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