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Sport BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate at Macclesfield College

Course description

This is a fantastic practical work-related course where you will learn by completing projects, practical-based activities and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities, including coaching a range of different community groups. The course will introduce you to your chosen career and provide a good basis to progress onto a more advanced qualification.

Course content

During this course you will study twelve units in total. Three mandatory core units will provide a general foundation and nine specialist units will introduce you to particular topics in more depth.

Core units:

  • Fitness for sport and exercise 
  • Practical sports performance
  • Anatomy and physiology for sports performance 

Specialist units will include:

  • The mind and sports performance
  • The sports performer in action
  • Training for personal fitness
  • Leading sports activities
  • Lifestyle and well-being
  • Injury and the sports performer
  • Running a sports event 

You will also have the opportunity to undertake additional coaching qualifications and Emergency First Aid qualifications. 

Alongside your main programme of study you will also study either GCSE or Functional Skills in English and Maths if you have not achieved a GCSE grade C or above. If you have achieved a grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths, you will engage in extending these skills through a Directed Study Programme.

Entry requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following:

  • A minimum of 4 GCSEs Grade D or above, ideally to include English Language
  • A Level 1 qualification (e.g. BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure)

A GCSE PE/Sports Studies qualification would also be advantageous and you will need to be able to demonstrate a reasonable degree of fitness.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.


All BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport units are assessed through 75% internal project and assignment work and 25% external assessments. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and then an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* is awarded on completion of the course. You have the opportunity in some units to be assessed at Level 1.

GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications are assessed through external examination and portfolio work.

Financial information

You will have the opportunity to take part in educational and industrial visits and outdoor activities during your course. A financial contribution of £100 per year towards the costs of sports kit, visits and activities is to be paid during the first term. Possible visits may include football stadium tours, kayaking and other outdoor activities but could be subject to change. 

Future opportunities

On successful achievement of this course you may wish to;

  • Apply to study the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, ideally you will need to have achieved a Pass or above
  • Pursue a sport related career for example Outdoor Activity Centre or Private Gym

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Macclesfield College directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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