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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport at John Henry Newman Catholic College

Course description

The BTEC Sport course provides learners with an introduction to and understanding of the sports industry. This course provides a broad basis of study for the sport sector and opportunities for progression to Higher Education as part of a programme of study, which includes other BTEC Nationals or A levels. The course combines up-to-date industry knowledge with the right balance of the practical, research and behavioural skills students need to succeed in Higher Education and in your career.

Course content

The new BTEC in Sport uses a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence in order to apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career. This range of assessments – practical and written – mean students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or potential employers.

There are three compulsory units which students must study in this Extended Certificate:

  • Unit 1 – Anatomy & Physiology. In this unit learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. This unit is assessed via a written exam and equates to 33% of your final grade.
  • Unit 2 – Fitness, Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being. In this unit learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and wellbeing. This unit is assessed via an externally-set controlled-assessment task which is completed in timed conditions and equates to 33% of your final grade.
  • Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry. In this unit learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities. This unit is assessed internally via a series of assignments.

One additional unit will be chosen from the list below which will be assessed internally via a series of assignments:

  • Unit 4 – Sports Leadership
  • Unit 5 – Application of Fitness Testing
  • Unit 6 – Sports Psychology
  • Unit 7 – Practical Sports Performance

Entry requirements

A grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and English, with a minimum of grade 5s in Core/Additional Science. A minimum of a grade 4 in GCSE PE, or a Merit or higher in BTEC Level 2 Sport would be an advantage.  Enthusiasm for sport, health and active leisure is essential, and engagement in sport and physical activity outside of the school curriculum will demonstrate aptitude and commitment.

Future opportunities

Education progression opportunities

Universities offer degrees and HNDs in related subjects including:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Development
  • Fitness and Fitness Training
  • Sports Therapy
  • Sports Coaching and Teaching.

Career progression opportunities

Typical career paths are linked to the individual units completed. These might include;

  • Sports coaching
  • Fitness training and instruction
  • Sports psychology
  • Business and sports development
  • Leisure management

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: 19 November 2018
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