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Sport: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport Performance & Excellence (Block A or Block C) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

Sport & fitness is a huge industry, and you can be part of it. If you’re keen on sport you can make a career from your passion. Whether that’s working for a football club, as a personal trainer at the local gym, or training to be a physiotherapist, there are lots of opportunities. From professional sport through to amateur teams and individuals who just want to get in shape, sport and fitness is a fast-growing sector. Two of the four units of this course are externally-assessed.

In Unit 1, the examined unit, you will explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.

For Unit 2, you will interpret lifestyle factors and health screening data to develop and justify a fitness training programme and nutritional advice for a client. You will interpret the data using knowledge and understanding from your studies and apply your specialist knowledge and skills.


Course content

This course comprises four units, three of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally.

Unit 1 (M) - Anatomy & physiology

Unit 2  (M) - Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being

Unit 3 (M) - Professional development in the sports industry

Unit 7 - Practical sports performance

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ or BTEC/NCFE at Merit+ in a sport- related discipline, as well as 4+ in GCSE Core Science and 4+ in GCSE English. Candidates without a Level 2 qualification in a sport-related discipline will be considered through interview.


Written examination (1h 30m) externally assessed (33%)
Assignment – set and assessed externally (33%)
Assignment - set and assessed internally (17%)
Assignment - set and assessed internally (17%)

Future opportunities

In addition to the sport-specific content, you will develop transferable and higher order skills that are valued by higher education providers and employers. The study of sport particularly encourages the development of skills and behaviours such as teamwork, leadership, performance analysis, resilience, evaluation, analysis and synthesising concepts.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask the school careers staff or Head of Sixth Form or take a look at the website identified above.

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: 02 November 2017
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