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BTEC National in Sport Level 3 Diploma at Bacon's College

Course description

The Physical Education Department is acknowledged as an area of outstanding practice within the College. The Bacon’s PE Department offers an extensive range of specialist coaches, some of which are in house, such as our resident full time Basketball Coach and several other external coaches that work within our extra curricular programme, which our students are able to benefit from their advanced knowledge.

The new BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) is a progressive course which has been designed specifically to fit the needs of the students in the local area.

The BTEC Nationals in Sport qualification provides an introduction to the sector for learners looking to build a career in sport within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching, sports development and outdoor pursuits. The specification has been structured to allow learners maximum flexibility in selecting specialist units, so that particular interests and career aspirations within sport can be reflected in the choice of unit combinations.

The BTEC National Awards in Sport will give learners a solid foundation in the sector, enabling them to develop essential skills required for gaining employment, securing career progression, or progressing to further qualifications and training required to achieve their goals.

Course content

Core Units:

The Body in Action

Health and Safety in Sport

Training and Fitness for Sport

Sports Coaching

Sports Development

Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

Practical Team Sports

Practical Individual Sports


Specialist Units:

Outdoor and Adventure, Activities Sports, Nutrition Sport in Society, Leadership in Sport Exercise, Health and Lifestyle, Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise, Psychology for Sports, Performance Sports, Injuries Sport and Exercise, Massage Rules, Regulations and Officiating, Working with Children in Sport, Sport as a Business, Work-Based Experience in Sport

Entry requirements

You should have 5 GCSE’s grades A*-C, including English Language and Mathematics. It would be beneficial to have studied full-course PE at GCSE. but this is not essential. If students have studied full-course PE, we will require a ‘B’ grade.


This course is assessed by 100% coursework and is worth the equivalent of two ALevel qualifications - organisation and good attendance are essential. Students must also express a passion for sport and be willing to improve their sports knowledge.

Students will also access a range of residential courses and NGB qualifications throughout the two-year course.

Future opportunities

A BTEC in Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness), would be beneficial to those wishing to pursue a career in Physiotherapy, Sports Teaching, Sports Management,Sports Science, Sports Coaching or other jobs within the sports industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bacon's College directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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      The nearest Bus Station is Canada Water served by routes: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10 & P12 (10  mins walk). Directions on foot from Canada Water Station.

      The nearest Bus Stop is Smith Close (Salter Road - next to youth hostel) served by routes 381 & C10 (5 mins walk). Directions on foot from the Smith Close bus stop.


      The nearest Underground Station is Canada Water, served by the Jubilee Line with easy connections to Canary Wharf (DLR), London Bridge (Rail) and the London Underground Network.


      The nearest Railway Station is Canada Water, served by the East London Line. Directions on foot from Canada Water Station. 


      Rotherhithe is easily accessible from the South via the A2, A2209 (Deptford Church Street) and A200 (Evelyn Street & Lower Road) , the North via the A13 and Rotherhithe Tunnel (A101), West via the A200 Jamaica Road.


      Access via the Thames Clipper and Hilton Ferry Service to the Hilton Docklands Pier (approx. 40 minutes from Waterloo Pier) (265 Rotherhithe Street London SE16 5HW). (20 mins walk)