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Sport BTEC Level 3 (NQF) at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

The new BTEC Sport specification starts September 2016 have been developed with employers and representatives from higher education and relevant professional bodies. The BTEC Sport Extended Certificate in Sport is an Applied General qualification for learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and/or employment. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and will be studied over two years alongside further Level 3 qualifications.

Course content

The course size is 360 GLH (Guided Learning Hours) which is equivalent in size to one A Level. Four units are studied of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. The mandatory content makes up 83% of the course and 67% of the course is now external.

Mandatory Units

Unit 1 Anatomy & Physiology - You will explore the structure of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and energy systems as well as additional factors which affect sport and exercise performance. The anatomy and physiology of each body system and their processes are very different but work together to produce movement. You will gain a full appreciation of how the body is able to take part in sport and exercise through understanding the interrelationships between these body systems.

Unit 2 Fitness Training & Planning for Health & Sport

In this unit you will explore the process required for screening clients and assessing their lifestyle and nutritional intake. How to interpret this information will then be examined. From this information you will explore how to make judgements on a specific individual’s current lifestyle and then suggest modifications to help improve the individual’s fitness, health and overall well-being. Fitness training methods will be examined for each component of physical and skill-related fitness. The selection of appropriate training methods for a selected individual and their application into a training programme will then be explored. In this unit, you will draw on your learning from across your programme to complete the assessment task.

Unit 3 Professional Development in the Sports Industry: assignment work

In this unit, you will research the different possible careers and the associated job roles in the sports industry, then action plan your development towards achieving a selected career aim. You will analyse your own skills and identify how to develop them into a career through the use of a career plan. You will research your chosen career to understand how to access and progress within it. You will take part in application and interview assessment activities for a selected career pathway, drawing on knowledge and skills from across the qualification to identify your own strengths and gaps in knowledge and skills. You will evaluate your own performance to gain an understanding of the generic employability and specific-technical knowledge and skills required to access and progress in a selected career pathway in the sports industry.

One optional unit is studied from: Sports Leadership, Sports Psychology, Application of Fitness Testing, Practical Sports Performance.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements of 5 A* - C including English


Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology 

Written examination set and marked by Pearson.- 1.5 hours.- 90 marks.

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing

A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. - written submission. - 60 marks.

In Part A, you 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 timetabled by Pearson. 

The two remaining units are assignment work and assessed internally.

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: 04 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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