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Sport BTEC, Certificate, Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma and Extended Diploma Level 3 (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Can you imagine a world without sport? No competition in schools, no World Championships, no TV sport, no hooligans, no role models! Then there’s your leisure time – skiing, football in the park, jogging, golf…….

Since the late 1990’s the sport and active leisure sector has outperformed the rest of the UK economy and researchers predict this will continue to be the case for years to come, long after the legacy of the 2012 Olympics. Within each unit you will analyse a wide variety of sport activities, developing an understanding of the current issues for performers, players, coaches and officials.

Course content

BTEC Certificate in Sport - gives you a basic grounding in understanding and knowledge of the sport and active leisure sector. This is the equivalent of one AS level and is studied in one year.

BTEC Diploma in Sport - the equivalent of two A levels and is a two year programme. BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport - the equivalent of three A levels and is a two year programme.

The BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma units provide much of the underpinning knowledge required for industry-recognised qualifications such as the level 3 NVQ in Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise enabling you to gain membership of the Register of Exercise Professionals.

A selection of units covered on the Certificate/ Diploma/Extended Diploma courses:

• Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

• The Physiology of Fitness

• Assessing Risk in Sport

• Fitness Training and Programming

• Sports Coaching

• Fitness Testing and for Sport and Exercise

• Practical Team Sports

• Leadership in Sport

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above. Be prepared to communicate with a wide range of people. You need to take a regular active role in sport activities as a player, official or coach.


You will write reports, present data, through tasks, projects and a range of activities including workplace assessment, role play and presentations.

Future opportunities

Enter the sport sector to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas - exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership, sports development and the outdoors. You could also progress to a higher education qualification in a specific sport-related area.

Further information

The Football Excellence programme is a popular choice, offering a specific coaching qualification. Any AS and A Level will complement the BTEC Sport. Contact Cheadle or Marple campus for more details.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years