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Sport BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Hackney Community College

Course description

Covering a broad range of skills across the sports industry, this course is an integral part of the education of young elite athletes in the UK, being part of the technical certificate requirement on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE). You will study nine mandatory units including topics such as: principles of anatomy and physiology in sport, the physiology of fitness,
assessing risk in sport, fitness testing for sport and exercise, fitness training and programming, sports nutrition, psychology for sports performance, technical and tactical skills in sport and the athlete’s lifestyle. Additionally, you will study a range of nine specialist units.

Course content

The BTEC course makes substantial of “SPACe” our state-of-the-art sports centre, which was used as an Olympic and Paralympic training venue. The course has a strong bias on practical activity and you will be introduced to a wide range of mainstream and disability sports. We have strong community links and you will be involved in organising and officiating small scale sports tournaments, for which you will achieve a number of course learning outcomes.

The course runs over 3 days a week, 9am-4pm. You should expect to spend around 5 hours extra studying and completing homework or assignments. Your teacher will set you regular assessments and set deadlines for you to hand them in. At other times we will expect you to be using a range of resources to reinforce and extend class work (e.g. books, journals, CD ROMS, Internet and Intranet, etc.)

Entry requirements

BTEC Level 2 First Diploma (merit) or 4 GCSEs at grades A-C (one of which should be English), plus a College interview and assessment.


At the end of the course you will receive one overall grade; pass, merit, or distinction. This grade will be based upon the overall body of work presented in your Portfolio of Evidence. The course is constructed of 3 core units and 6 specialist units each year.


Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

University, Higher National Certificate / Diploma and Foundation Degree courses, or into employment in sport and recreation, including employment as a gym instructor.


Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hackney Community College directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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