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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) 120 Credits at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (Blurton)

Course description

The Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) is a two year programme that is equivalent to 2 A Levels.

The course deals with the scientific themes and concepts of sport and exercise science and aims to provide studies in sport which are directly related to the changing needs of employers in specific areas of the sport science industry.

Course content

The following units are compulsory when taking the course;


1 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

2 The Physiology of Fitness

3 Assessing Risk in Sport

4 Fitness Training and Programming

7 Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

11 Sports Nutrition

17 Psychology for Sports Performance

27 Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport

28 The Athlete’s Lifestyle


There will also be 4 extra units that Students will take in year 2.

Entry requirements

5A*-C at GCSE including English and Maths AND

First Diploma in Sport – Minimum grade Merit (although students are considered on an individual basis and other qualifications may be acceptable)


The course is assessed by the following criteria;

Distinction *




Maximum of 280 UCAS Points can be awarded for this course.

Financial information

Bursary Applications are means tested

Future opportunities

Higher Education courses, such as Physical Education, Sports Science, Sports Therapy or Sports Management, coaching and gym instructing in the leisure and fitness industry.

Further information

Pupils will be required to buy the Sir Stanley Matthews Academy 6th Form P.E. Kit at the start of the course.


There will be a number of trips and external learning experiences throughout the 2 years.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (Blurton) directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Donna Wilcox
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 882249
    • Email address: