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Sport - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and will enable you to enter a degree programme at university or employment in the sports and leisure industry. It covers training and fitness, sports coaching and sports development, fitness testing, practical team sports, individual exercise and outdoor activities. There will be visits to sporting venues and centres of sporting excellence.

Course content

The course combines practical and academic study. You will complete 18 sports related vocational units over the two years.

You will study:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Fitness testing
  • Sports development
  • Sports coaching
  • Fitness programming
  • Talent identification and analysis
  • Practical individual sports.

There will be an additional 9 specialist units and you will study functional skills in English and maths.

This course consists of the 90-credit Diploma in Year 1 followed by the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

There will be visits to sporting venues and centres of sporting excellence.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4, or a merit or distinction at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


All units are assessed via assignments. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded which has UCAS equivalency and is recognised by universities in the UK when establishing their entry requirements for higher education.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18. However you will pay for a sports kit, textbook and local visits. There will be additional costs for a residential trip in the second year. Assistance may be available to help with these costs.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

Future opportunities

A degree programme at university in a sports-related subject or employment in the sports and leisure industry

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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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: 02 August 2017
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