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Physical Education BTEC National Diploma Level 3 at Hall Cross Academy

Course description

The BTEC National Diploma Level 3 qualifications are designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors.

The course offers engaging and relevant content that prepares learners for a firm understanding of the fitness services sector.

The course is intended as a Tech Level qualification, equivalent in size to two A Levels.

It has been designed as part of a two-year programme and is normally delivered in conjunction with another qualification at Level 3.

This course is aimed at learners looking to progress to employment in this sector, and whose aspirations would also be supported by taking complementary qualifications alongside.

This qualification is mapped to industry standards for the fitness industry at Level 2 and Level 3. It is designed for entry to roles such as gym instructor or fitness instructor, and is appropriate for progression to Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications and sports focused degree programmes.

Course content

10 units are studied

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Self-employment in the sports industry
  • Instructing gym based exercise
  • Exercise and Circuit Based Physical Activity
  • Sports Leadership
  • Sports Injury management
  • Work Experience

Entry requirements

BTEC Nationals are exam free alternatives to A Levels. Therefore, this course will suit someone who:

  • Is confident in independent study and research
  • Is organised and exhibits discipline in meeting deadlines
  • Enjoys a practical approach to learning.
  • Prefers assessment through the completion of assignments.
  • Is self-motivated and will show a firm commitment to their individual progress and improvement.

To be accepted onto the BTEC Level 3 course, students must:

  • have passed the GCSE Physical Education course achieving A*-C.
  • have undertaken the BTEC Level 2 qualification achieving a minimum of a merit.

It would be helpful if students have studied GCSE Physical Education or BTEC Level 2 at Key Stage 4, although this is not essential.

Students who have not studied a PE course, will be required to achieve A*-C in English and Science (Biology). Any results achieved through the completion of coursework will also be considered.



720 GLH (Equivalent in size to two A Levels)

Assessment is through the completion of a series of different assignments that may include written work, interviews, practical display and presentations.

There will also be a 1.5 hour exam to assess the Anatomy and Physiology module. This will contain a mixture of short and longer answer questions.

Future opportunities

Employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted to confirm that the content of the course is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly into the fitness sector.

This qualification is for learners who wish to progress in roles within the fitness industry and are intending to be endorsed on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

The transferable knowledge, understanding and skills gained through studying this type of qualification will give learners an advantage in applying for a range of entry level roles or industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships.

However, the content of this qualification has also been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression into higher education. Students who have studied Sport have gone on to pursue careers in a diverse range of industries; education, recreation, leisure and tourism, as well as the public sector and armed forces.

Further information

Hall Cross PE department are proud to offer students a variety of learning experiences and opportunities in addition to those offered as part of the course. These include:

  • higher education trips that inform students about university life and the experience of studying a sport related course at degree level.
  • an enrichment programme in which students can perform in a variety of sports representing Hall Cross Academy sixth form. Students have the opportunity to train and participate in fixtures that are played across South Yorkshire, further a field and national schools competitions.
  • receiving a ‘Full Colours’ award presented to our students in acknowledgement of their dedication and commitment over time to a particular sporting team or activity. The ‘Full Colours’ award follows a time honoured tradition in the sixth form and is not awarded lightly. Recipients of this prestigious award feel honoured and proud to wear their tie as part of their school uniform.
  • opportunities to develop leadership and organisational skills by supporting Hall Cross Academy and its feeder primary schools in running major events such as, primary Olympics, sports day and Doncaster cross country.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Cross Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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