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Sport (Performance & Excellence) BTEC Level 3 Diploma at John Leggott Sixth Form College

Course description

You will learn about anatomy and physiology as well as risk assessment and fitness testing. You will also develop your understanding of sports nutrition, psychology for sports performance and the technical demands of sport.

Course content

All units count towards the final grade awarded; the Core Units are:

  • UNIT 1: Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport:  Understand the structure of the skeletal, muscular, cardio-vascular, respiratory and energy systems. Assessed through a 90- minute written exam.
  • UNIT 2: Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Wellbeing:  Looks at the fitness requirements of sports and the different methods of training available; ultimately ending up with designing, monitoring and evaluating a fitness training programme. A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
  • UNIT 4: Sports Leadership:  How to plan and lead a sports activity safely.
  • UNIT 7: Practical Team Sports: This allows practical participation and analysis of a variety of team sport.
  • UNIT 5: Application of Fitness Testing:  Conduct fitness tests, practise health screening and analyse the results collected.
  • UNIT 11: Professional Development in the Sports Industry:  Understand the concepts of working in the sports Industry.
  • UNIT 6: Sport Psychology:  Understand the effects of personality and motivation on sports performance and also the relationship between stress, anxiety and arousal.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or above. Some science background is useful.  GCSE Average 4.5 or above, including 5 C grades.


Assessment is mainly coursework, however there is one written exam and one externally set and assessed unit. Assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction; these grades equate to grade E, C, A passes at full A‑level.

Future opportunities

You could choose to go directly into employment in the sport, leisure and recreation sector or you could go on to study subjects including leisure studies, recreation management or sports sciences at degree level.

Further information

You could choose one of a variety of sports-related studies or play in a college team – choose from sports including football, netball, hockey, rugby, basketball and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Leggott Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2016

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