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Physical Education - Btec National Extended Certificate at Alexandra Park School

Course description

Btecs offer practical experience that is often lacking in more traditional routes such as GCE AS/A2 Levels. The aim of this course is to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of Sport through working towards a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification. The course is also designed to prepare you for higher education in sports and exercise science or a career in the sport and leisure industry.

Course content

The Pearson Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport consists of three mandatory units plus one optional unit completed over 2 years. Two of the units are assessed through coursework which is internally assessed and externally moderated. One unit is an external exam. The remaining synoptic unit is a task set and marked by Pearson but completed under supervised conditions. This course takes place in one option block and is broadly equivalent to one A level.

Entry requirements

An interest in the theories, ideas and strategies within sport is a pre-requisite of the course. You will need to have a minimum of a Grade C or above in Maths, English and Science. Students that have previously studied PE should also have achieved at least a grade C or above at GCSE level or a Merit or above on a BTEC Level 2 course. It is also recommended that you are a current member of a sporting team.


Btec Certificate

Unit 3 - Internally assessed

Unit 2 - Externally assessed


Extended Certificate

Unit 1 - Externally assessed

Unit 4 - Internally assessed

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for work within the sport and leisure industry, including roles in coaching, sports medicine, centre management and working in outdoor education. It will also be beneficial if you are interested in tertiary education regarding human biology or sport, for example physiotherapy, physical education or exercise physiology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alexandra Park School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2016
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    • Alexandra Park School is a thriving and dynamic school which boasts excellent examination results and an outstanding curriculum experience in both the main school and the sixth form. The school is situated on a beautiful five-acre site adjacent to Durnsford Park within sight of Alexandra Palace. The school was opened in 1999 with the aim of creating a great comprehensive school at the heart of the community. We have become that great local school offering top-class education alongside a wealth of opportunities.