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Sport (Outdoor Adventure) - level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport is a broad based National Vocational Qualification, which provides a detailed understanding of the Sports Industry. The qualification gives opportunity to begin studying for a range of sports related professions including careers in instruction, leadership & sports coaching. The course comprises of 19 units that are continually assessed via course work projects. It is vocational in nature combining theoretical and practical units. This qualification is equivalent to three A levels.

Course content

All students take the seven core units

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Principles & Practices in Outdoor Adventure
  • Equipment and Facilities for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Leadership in Sport
Plus 11 specialist units

Skills for Land based Adventurous Activities

  • Skills for Water based Adventurous Activities
  • Alternative Activities
  • Leading Land based Adventurous Activities
  • Work-based Experience in Sport
  • Leading Water based Adventurous Activities
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Expeditions
  • Fundamentals of Nautical Studies
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sports Coaching
  • Organising Sports Events

Entry requirements

Entry onto the programme can be via any of the following:

  • 4 GCSE passes grade ā€˜Cā€™ or above
  • Level 2 Qualification (equivalent to 4 GCSEs at Merit grade)

All entrants are interviewed prior to entering the course and entry can be gained where applicants demonstrate keenness, the ability to work hard and a willingness to be successful.


This 2 year full time programme is assessed continuously via coursework in most units. A range of assessment methods are used including practical sports, written reports, work experience and investigations. There is a strong student centered approach to the course where all students are encouraged to develop the confidence to learn independently and gain relevant experience

Future opportunities

Upon completion you will be able to make informed choices regarding future employment opportunities such as: provision of individual/group sports activities, coaching and community development. As a valid alternative to A levels, BTEC Nationals can provide an entry route to higher education courses in sports related courses such as sports development and coaching, outdoor pursuits, leisure management, teacher training etc.

Further information

As part of the Sports course you will have the opportunity to take part in an educational outdoor activity based residentials to Snowdonia, Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. A variety of trips will be organised as part of the course including visits to Chill factore, outdoor activity centres and national parks. A range of additional vocational qualifications are available throughout the programme. These include: Basic Expedition Leader, RYA Powerboating level 2, Gold Duke of Edinburgh & first aid.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Buxton & Leek College directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2016
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