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Sport (NQF), BTEC National Extended Certificate (level 3) at Wrotham School

Course description

This is a two year course which will result in a single A Level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level, IB and vocational).

If taken in combination with two IB courses and a vocational or A level course, students will be taking the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway).

Course content

There are four units in total

1. Anatomy and Physiology (External Examination)Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.

2. Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (External Coursework)Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.

3. Professional Development in the Sports Industry (Internal Coursework)Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

4- Sports Leadership (Internal Coursework)Learners study the skills, qualities and characteristics within sport. Learners will participate in leadership task and review their performance.

Entry requirements

Either grade 6 in GCSE physical education or Merit in BTEC level 2 sport. 


60% Examination 40% Coursework

Future opportunities

The IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway) is globally recognised and accepted by universities around the world. Some competitive university courses ask for specific IB subjects to have been studied as part of the Baccalaureate programme of study. We recommend that you research current grade requirements for that subject on and filter for the International Baccalaureate. 

A qualification in sport will enable you to study further at university or go straight into employment within industries such as leisure, coaching and sports development. This could lead to further study at university or college to enable careers in nutrition, fitness instruction, teaching and physiotherapy (with biology). 

Further information

Deadlines are crucial on this course for both coursework and exam related study and so students will be expected to complete up to 5 hours’ worth of homework and research related tasks outside of the classroom building upon the skills required for progression onto either university or employment. At the end of the course, students will be awarded either a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

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: 06 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: Sp
  • Number of planned places: 25