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Sport BTEC National Diploma at Kingdown School

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport is a 9 unit qualification approximately equal to Two A- Levels.

Course content

Mandatory units – All six must be taken:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport

Optional Units - Three units must be taken. Depending on the needs and aspirations of the group, one optional units will be studied from a choice of:

  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Sports Psychology
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Sports Event Organisation
  • Research Project in Sport
  • Leisure Management
  • Leisure Centre Operations
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • Sports Performance Analysis
  • Rules Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport
  • Principles and Practices for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Environmental Sustainability for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Entry requirements

GCSE English grade (9-4) plus 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C..


Anatomy and Physiology:  Mandatory, 1.5 hour exam

Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being:

Mandatory, Externally set assignment

Professional Development in the Sports Industry: Mandatory, Internal Assignment

Sports Leadership Mandatory: Internal, Assignment

Investigating Business in Sport and Active Leisure Industry: Mandatory, Externally set assignment (Synoptic)

Skill Acquisition in Sport: Mandatory, Internal Assignment

Application of Fitness Testing: Optional, Internal Assignment

Sport Psychology: Optional, Internal Assignment

Practical Sports Performance: Optional, Internal Assignment

Coaching for Performers: Optional, Internal Assignment

Research Methods in Sport: Optional, Internal Assignment

Sports Events Organisation: Optional, Internal Assignment

Research Project in Sport: Optional, Internal Assignment

Sports Industry Management: Optional, Internal Assignment

Work Experience in Active Leisure: Optional, Internal Assignment

Leisure Management: Optional, Internal Assignment

Leisure Centre Operations: Optional, Internal Assignment

Sports Performance Analysis: Optional, Internal Assignment

Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport: Optional, Internal Assignment

Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport: Optional, Internal Assignment


Future opportunities

This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. 

  • In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills.
  • Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:
  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 December 2016
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      Sixth Formers at Kingdown School, who aspire to apply to Oxbridge Universities, are given specialist support. Kingdown School also offers the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which is a valuable opportunity for students to focus on a project of their choice whilst developing their skills in research, writing, referencing, presenting and much more.

      Kingdown School runs an extensive leadership programme for students. Students have the opportunity to be part of the School Leadership groups which include: School Environment. Sport, Teaching and Learning. Army. Information Technology and Community. Students also have the opportunity to apply to become Head Students, House Captains, Vice House Captains or be a IC55 Leader. These opportunities are also supported by students being able to develop leadership skills whilst mentoring younger Students.