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Sports Performance and Excellence BTEC Diploma at Esher College

Course description

This is a stimulating and challenging, and nationally recognised, vocational qualification for students wishing to progress to higher education or pursue a career in sport and recreation.

The Diploma is equivalent to 2 A Levels. 

Students feel that this course provides them with a wealth of skills for life and builds the confidence needed to pursue employment or higher education. You will be encouraged to develop a range of skills including research methods, delivering a presentation, portfolio building, time management and various practical skills.

Course content

Examples of the units studied over the two years include fitness testing, sports coaching, fitness training and programming, and sports psychology.

Learning is largely theory-based, linking the subject areas to current and relevant practical sporting settings. Students learn through class-based activities, individual and group research, visiting speakers and personal experience.

In addition, students will complete the Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA) including a HSE first aid qualification. 

Entry requirements

Practical sporting ability is required and you should have five GCSEs at Grade C or above including PE and/or Science.

The minimum entry requirement for study at Esher College is 5 GCSEs at A* - C (or 9 – 4 in Maths and English).  We encourage students to aim significantly higher than this to ensure that study programmes are successfully completed.

If you do not have a grade 4 in either GCSE English Language or Maths and you qualify to follow a study programme at the College, you will be required to retake one or both of these subjects in your first year.  A lack of GCSE English Language at grade 4 will significantly restrict study programme options.


Assessment over the two years is 70% coursework consisting of written assignments, presentations, lab reports and practical assessments and 30% exams which consist of 2 written exams, one of which is a seen paper. 

Future opportunities

Many students progress to study sport-related degrees at university, including Sports Psychology, Sports Studies and Sports Coaching. Equally, students may choose to go straight on to employment within the broad spectrum of sport-related jobs.

Further information

Please note that this subject is in the process of being reformed. The current information reflects what is known about the new course and further details will be available on the website when the specification (syllabus) has been finalised and published.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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