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Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Development of Coaching and Fitness) BTEC at Beaminster School

Course description

This is intended as a Tech Level qualification, equivalent in size to three A Levels.  It has been designed as a full two-year programme for post-16 learners.  This qualification is particularly appropriate for learners who are interested in progressing to a career in sport and physical activity development, either directly, or through higher education.

Course content

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification.  It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector.  There are three main forms of assessment to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Externally-assessed units  Each external assessment for a BTEC National is linked to a specific unit.  All of the units developed for external assessment are of 120 GLH to allow learners to demonstrate breadth and depth of achievement.  Each assessment is taken under specified conditions, then marked by Pearson and a grade awarded.  The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Sport suite are:

  • Examinations – all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written outcome
  • Set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

Some external assessments include a period of preparation using set information.  External assessments are available once or twice a year and learners can have only one resit attempt during the programme.

Internally-assessed units Most units in the sector are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification.  This means that we set and assess the assignments that provide the final summative assessment of each unit, using the examples and support that Pearson provides.  In line with the requirements and guidance for internal assessment, we select the most appropriate assessment styles according to the learning set out in the unit.  This ensures that learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills.  Learners could be given opportunities to:

  • Write up the findings of their own research
  • Use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • Carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • Demonstrate practical and technical skills.

Grading decisions are based on the requirements and supporting guidance given in the units.  Learners may not make repeated submissions of assignments evidence.

Synoptic assessment  Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task.  Normally, a synoptic assessment is one that a learner would take later in a programme as they are expected to be able to draw on a range of learning.    Synoptic units may be internally or externally assessed.

Entry requirements

PE at GCSE Grade C or better.

Students who have not gained this grade may be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form.



1080 GLH Equivalent in size to three A Levels.   15 units of which are mandatory and 3 are external.  Mandatory content (61%).  External Assessment (33%)


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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