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