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Sport BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description

This is a practical and work-related course. Students will gain the key knowledge and practical skills required in the sports industry. It is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Within the BTEC, all students will study the CSLA (Community Sports Leader Award) in Year 12 and have the opportunity to complete the HSLA (Higher Sports Leader Award) in Year 13.

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/, as well as Maths and English GCSE Grade 4minimum. A Pass grade in a Key Stage 4 BTEC Sport course would benefit, but not essential. Extra-curricular (school PE/Sports club) attendance and out of school (local sports club) participation will support the practical units.


The course is made up of 19 units. Each unit consists of 4 or 5 theoretical and/or practical assignments graded as pass, merit or distinction. An overall grade of Pass (3E’s at A Level) Merit (3C’s at A Level) or Distinction (3A’s at A Level) is calculated from the grades obtained in each unit. There are no examinations but assessment is ongoing, including practical skills and performance so full attendance is essential.

Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport - Skeletal, muscular, cardio-vascular & respiratory systems. Energy systems.

The Physiology of Fitness - The short and long term effects of exercise on the body.

Assessing Risk in Sport - Key legislation & regulations. Health & safety practices in sports organisations. Risk assessment.

Fitness Training & Programming - Principles and methods of training. Designing fitness programmes. Long term adaptations of the body.

Sports Coaching - Roles, skills, techniques and responsibilities of successful coaches. Improving performance of players. Planning / leading coaching sessions.

Sports Development - Local authority sports development units and effectiveness of organisations involved in sports development.

Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise - Fitness requirements for sports. Health screening and fitness testing.

Practical Team Sport - Knowledge, skills, proficiency, technique in 2 selected sports. Rules, regulations, scoring systems. Officiating. Self-review.

Practical Individual Sport - Knowledge, skills, proficiency, technique in 2 selected sports. Rules, regulations, scoring systems. Officiating. Self-review.

Leadership in Sport - Qualities & roles of effective leaders, psychological factors, planning and leading sports activities.

Exercise, Health & Lifestyle - Understand lifestyle factors, assess lifestyles & provide advice, plan a physical activity programme.

Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise - Principles of safe, effective activity sessions. Design, plan, lead and review an exercise programme.

Rules, Regulations & Officiating in Sport - For 1 selected sport: Rules and regulations. Review performance of officials. Effectively officiate, self-review and development plan.

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities - Organisation and provision of OAA, safety and environmental considerations, practical OAA participation, self-review of performance.

Sports Nutrition - Nutrition and digestion, energy intake, expenditure and hydration in sport. Designing nutrition plans for a sports performer.

Psychology for Sports Performance - Effects of personality, motivation, stress, anxiety, arousal and group dynamics on performance. Planning a psychological skills programme.

Organising Sports Events - Different types of sports events. Roles and responsibilities in planning and delivering sports events. Plan, promote, deliver and review an event.

Work Experience in Sport - Opportunities and preparation for a work experience placement. Placement review.

Sports Facilities and Operational Management - Aims, objectives, resources, services and products at sports facilities. Skills required to work in sports and leisure facilities.

Financial information

There may be charges for trips and visits etc

Future opportunities

You could take this short course with a related GCE or other qualification to prepare for further education in areas of sport such as BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport Management or related degree programmes. You could also go on to study an NVQ vocational qualification in Sports Development, which could be work-based. With further training, you could go into a job related to sport such as a Sport Coach, Trainer or Gym Instructor . The course provides a work related programme of study so you could go straight into a job as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for, especially in the sport and exercise sector.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2018
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