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BTEC Level 3 Sport at Wadebridge School

Course description

Year 12 students will complete four units; three mandatory units worth a total of 20 credits and one optional unit worth 10 credits. The mandatory units include:

  • Unit 1: The Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness
  • Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport

The optional unit is:

  • Unit 7: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

The units for Year 13 have yet to be confirmed but will include subjects such as Coaching Sport and Diet in Sport .

There is no final examination at the end of each unit as all assessment is assignment based.

Entry requirements

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria.  In addition, this course is ideal for those students who have successfully studied GCSE PE (Grade C and above) and students who have a genuine interest in sport and take part in sport on a regular basis, for example, playing for a local team.


  • Laboratory based experiments and research
  • Lectures of given topics
  • Group discussion
  • Practical activities e.g. mini investigations.
  • Using web sites to keep up to date with recent research.
  • Feedback from assignments

Future opportunities

The leisure industry and particularly sport and recreation is a continually growing business.  Anyone wishing to become involved in this industry will find this qualification is a sound foundation from which to start to build their career in this area. However, although the BTEC course is based on a vocational qualification, it is also suitable for those students who are looking to do a course in Higher Education.  The BTEC Level 3 does carry UCAS points with a Distinction being the equivalent to a Grade A at ’A’ level. 

Further information

Independent Study Time: 
All assessment is made on the content and quality of assignments. Various assignment briefs are given to students throughout the course and these briefs are supported with lectures, exercises and assessment criteria so that each student can then produce an appropriate piece of work.  Each student is responsible for producing their own work and handing it in on or before the deadline dates. Although some time will be given to students during lessons, completion of the work to the required standard will mean that students have to spend further time extending their study and producing the work.  This independent study time is invaluable and should  help the student to gain and develop new skills that will be useful in Higher Education or the work place.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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