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BTEC Sport Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate at Darrick Wood School

Course description

A good all-round skill set is required in order to achieve a high grade in this subject, both in terms of theoretical and practical prowess.  You will cover topics including; anatomy & physiology, fitness training & programming for health, sport & well-being and professional development in the sports industry. Expectations are that everyone works to their maximum capabilities both in a practical and theoretical capacity. This course is different from A level PE as there are 4 units which need to be successfully completed to obtain the qualification. The 4 units required to be completed are assessed through a variety of different methods including; written examinations and coursework based around assignment briefs. 

Course content

Students work towards the Extended Certificate, which is equivalent to an A level qualification. Mandatory Units: Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport, and well-being, Professional Development in the Sports Industry. Optional Units: (The optional units will be selected by the teacher.) 1 to be taken from: Sports Leadership, Application of Fitness Testing, Sports Psychology, Practical Sports Performance.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE PE theory, Grade 4 in GCSE Biology (or two 4s in Combined Science) and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics.


Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology- 1 hour 30 minute written examination out of 90 marks which is set and marked externally. Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport, and well-being- Synoptic question paper with 60 marks available which is set and marked externally. In Part A, learners will be provided with a case study two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. In Part B, the supervised assessment period is two hours over a period of two days. Unit 3 Professional Development in the Sports Industry and Optional Unit: Both units are assessed via internal assessment using a variety of different assignment briefs designed by member of staff teaching that particular unit. The work produced may then need to be sent away for external moderation. 

Future opportunities

A good grade in this subject will help you compete for a variety of jobs or university places.

Specialist areas of work could include; teaching, coaching, physiotherapy, sports psychology, strength & conditioning, a variety of jobs in the leisure & recreation industry, sports journalism, occupational therapy, outdoor activities, watersports etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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  • Start date: Next September


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