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SPORT (Development, Coaching and Fitness) Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Parkside Sixth

Course description

This BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport is recognised by universities and employers across the country. The practical sports development, leadership and coaching units will provide evidence of physical ability, which will enhance your theoretical knowledge of sport. The links with the faculty will not only gain interest from  local sports providers, but also set you out in front of other students with minimal leadership experience.

Students study intensively for a variety of Sport units - including a professional placement in the workplace. The BTEC extended diploma offers an engaging academic programme for those clear about the area of sports employment or higher education they wish to enter.

The BTEC Programme prepares students for employment or university and its main aims are to:

  • provide full-time learners the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification
  • progress to university degrees in subject areas such as Physical Education, Sports Management, Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Thoeory and Practice, Sport Psychology, Sports Technology, Sports Coaching
  • progress to employment in the sport sector and access to vocational qualifications such as NVQ and the BTEC Higher National Diploma
  • provide learners with the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes
  • equip learners with the essential skills for successful performance in working life.

Course content

What is in the curriculum?
The curriculum focuses intensively on all areas of the coaching and development any of sport.  The course is designed to be realistic in setting vocational experience and opportunities, using practical scenarios to enhance theoretical understanding.   
Some units are COMPULSORY:
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport 
The Physiology of Fitness 
Assessing Risk in Sport 
Fitness Training and Programming 
Sports Coaching 
Sports Development 
Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise 
Practical Team Sports  
There are also NON-COMPULSORY units chosen to meet the specific needs of the vocational and occupational sector. They are inter-disciplinary and apply to those interested in both Science and Coaching routes
Practical Individual Sports  
Sports Nutrition 
Current Issues in Sport 
Leadership in Sport 
Exercise, Health and Lifestyle 
Instructing Physical Activity andExercise 
Psychology for Sports Performance 
Work Experience in Sport
Sport as a Business
Sports Injuries
Organising Sports Events
How will I study?
The course offers practical experience that is often lacking in more traditional routes. Therefore, a high percentage of your week will be spent in our specialist facilities engaging in practical classes and fitness sessions. The brand new sports hall  will host a range of activities, as well as off site facilities and the possibility of gym membership for enhanced fitness and swimming sessions.
Sports  students will engage in a large amount of leadership work in primary and secondary schools, and will be expected to commit to a variety of activities outside of school hours. 
You will undertake independent study, but also have access to plenty of high-quality study support from subject tutors. Practical and theory classes will be challenging and dynamic, with plenty of opportunities for you to discuss and develop your ideas under the supervision of specialist sports staff. 
Students will be expected to purchase the BTEC sports kit for use in practical sessions and when representing the course in a work experience and coaching environment.
The sports base for the course will be at the Coleridge campus. The site boasts a new sports hall, fitness area, and 3G astro for practical sport. The faculty of sport has outstanding links with outside agencies and facilities to allow sport students the opportunity for development from club to elite level competition. Our history of working with primary schools allows leadership and coaching skills to be the most developed of the Cambridge schools, from curriculum support to large-scale festivals. 
Some of our partners include; The University of Cambridge, Core-Cambridge, Kelsey Kerridge, Parkside Pools, Everyone Active, Anglia Ruskin University and Tube Boxing. We are currently in negotiations with DW fitness to offer all 2014-16 cohort students 6 months membership to the Cambridge facility.
From 2015 our facilities will increase to state of the art community sports areas at the new Trumpington site. This will allow further opportunities for practical and leadership experience. 

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths. Previous study in sport is not a requirement, but a consistent record of participation and commitment to high-level sport would be essential in your application.

If you would like to take an additional IB subject alongside your BTEC you can e.g. Biology or Psychology, you will need a C/B in a related subject.


How is it assessed?
The BTEC extended diploma in Sport is entirely assessed through coursework (internally marked and externally verified) and has no final exam. Progress is measured throughout the course, allowing the student to gauge their own performance on a continuing basis, just like in a real workplace. Sport students are often more engaged and motivated as a result, as they can see their own progress through the course rather than waiting to the end to sit an exam. Assessments will be awarded at Distinction, Merit and Pass grades.
Assessments will usually consist of a portfolio based written work, presentations, observation and witness statements and log books. In each module, the practical nature of the unit is given the most importance and this is backed up by theoretical knowledge which underpins the activity or area and in-depth reflection and analysis. Students will also be assessed on their coaching placement by tutors and primary staff.

Future opportunities

You will be able to apply for degree courses in sport subjects at university e.g. e.g. Sports Science, Sports Management, Sports Studies, Sport and Exercise Science, Leisure Management, Teacher Training, Sports Development, Coaching, Sports Injuries & rehabilitation, Sports Technology design etc. 
Employment directly into sports related industries, e.g. administrators for Sports Council and fitness clubs, physical training instructors, sports development officers. Previous students' career progression has included Private Health and Fitness Club management, Sports Council Administration, Assistant Managers in Sports Centres, Sports Development Officers, Physical Training Instructors in HM Forces, Leisure Assistants in swimming pools, leisure centres or sports centres.

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: 16 October 2017
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