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Sport BTEC Level 3 at Highfields School

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary (1 A Level equivalent) or Diploma (2 A Levels equivalent) in Sport broadens and expands upon the important notions and concepts introduced within the BTEC Level 2 course in Sport. The course further extends students understanding wihtin the sports sector. The course is designed to focus on specialist sporting issues, looking to uncover and analyse the importnat factors to improve and develop sporting performance.

The department is extemely well resources and the course is taught by well qualified and experienced staff.

Course content

During the course you will study the human body and how it is affected by physical activity, the health andsafety factors involved in sports participation, the key principles involved in the coaching process, the fitness requirements and training methods needed for different sports as well as how to create fitness training programmes.

Units studied are:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of FItness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • The Athlete's Lifestyle
  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Sports Injuries
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have performed to at least a Merit or a C grade in their relevant BTEC or GCSE PE course. GCSE grades of at least a C are also highly recommended in English and Science. An active role in competitive sport inside and outside of school is also highly desirable.


The course covers six to thirteen units over two years depending on your chosen course. Thje assessment for the course is 100% coursework which encompasses a range of methods including: investigations, presentations, practical performance, observational analysis, group based projects, written accounts and poster campaigns.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to a career in; sports coaching, leisure management, fitness instructing, PE Teaching or further education (University or College)

Further information

Many students combine Level 3 Sport with Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics and Biology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years