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Sport BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma at The Bourne Academy

Course description

The BTEC course is designed for people who are have an interest in SPORT and coaching. This course is mainly coursework based, but has elements of practical work and units. You will learn through classwork, practical lessons and coaching sessions. This course is equivalent of three A-levels and is a two year course.

You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations within the Sports industry. The course will teach you technical and performance skills within coaching and theoretical elements through coursework and units. You will be required to attend theory based lessons which will develop your knowledge and understanding of the content and industry.

Course content

The course is made up of a mixture of 19 Units, 10 mandatory Units and 9 specialist units selected by tutors and students to best suit individual strengths. Upon beginning the course, students will be asked if they would like to gain extra qualifications in Football coaching and Life guarding.

Mandatory Units:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
  • 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‚Äôs Lifestyle

Examples of Specialist Units:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Sports Injuries
  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Organising Sports Events
  • PE and Care of Children
  • Work Experience

Entry requirements

Students will need to have four or more A*- C grades at GCSE, and BTEC First Award in Sport at Level 2 achieving MERIT overall. External candidates will need to follow an audition process involving an interview.


All units are assessed and graded and an overall grade for the qualification is awarded. Throughout the course there will be opportunities for you to develop your personal, learning and thinking skills. You need to be able to work creatively, independently and collaboratively on assignments and assessments.

Future opportunities

This course is designed to prepare you for a vast range of jobs in the Sports and Coaching industry. BTEC Level 3 Diplomas are valued by employers and higher education (Universities, Colleges.) Triple MERIT gains you 240 UCAS points. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes which are all essential for working life in general.

The extra qualifications that can be gained whilst on the course FA level 1 coaching award, Leadership award and Life guard, will earn students extra UCAS points! The Level 3 BTEC Sports course provides a good route way through onto any of Bournemouth University Sports courses.

Further information

Within the two years of the course you will have opportunities to learn through assignments, creating reports and presentations. Coaching sessions and organising events such as football competitions and coaching school football teams. You will experience leading and running practical sessions in school and at local primary schools. You will also be given the chance to attend trips and work alongside professionals, who are currently involved with the Sports industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bourne Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years