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Physical Education BTEC Level 3 at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

Do you have a genuine interest in sport? Are you interested in pursuing a career related to physical education, sport or fitness and health?

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Sport is equivalent to one A Level. It is a natural progression from the Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport and is designed to further develop you into an independent learner.

Throughout the course you will study a variety of topics and build upon your knowledge and understanding of the world of sport. The nature of the course not only gives you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of aspects of sport but it also allows you to improve your organisational skills, time management and the ability to apply learning to a vocational context. You will develop personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance at university and in working life.

Course content

The BTEC Level 3 in Sport is run over two years and content is broken down into units. Each unit is worth a specific amount of credits and to successfully complete the course, you must complete a total of 60 credits. You must complete the selected 7 units in order to achieve the required amount of credits. Each assignment has a specific vocational context and a scenario in order to allow students to relate their studies to the working environment.

Unit 1 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport (5 credits)
Unit 2 The Physiology of Fitness (5 credits)
Unit 3 - Assessing Risk in Sport (10 credits)
Unit 7 Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise (10 credits)
Unit 8 Practical Team Sports (10 credits)
Unit 13 Leadership in Sport (10 credits)
Unit 17 Psychology for Sports Performance (10 credits)

Entry requirements

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Sport can be studied with a variety of other subjects to suit the needs of the student. It is widely accepted by universities and, during the UCAS application process, students will need to provide details of attainment/expected attainment within individual units.


All assessment is made through completion of assignments and coursework - there is no formal exam at the end of the course. Each unit has a number of assignments to complete in order to fulfil the individual unit requirements. Within assignments, tasks will be completed to PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION level. Each individual assignment must be completed to at least a pass level in order to pass the whole unit.

On successful completion of a unit, points are awarded depending upon the level of completion and the credit value of the unit. At the end of the course, the points will be added from all 7 units to make a combined total points score.

Future opportunities

Many students who study PE continue their sporting studies at university. The Level 3 course is excellent preparation for entering university courses such as Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Sports Development, Sports Coaching and PE Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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