BTEC Sport

BTEC Sport


The Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport consists of units ranging from science-based to practical sport and coaching-based elements, making the course very varied. A broad range of teaching methods are employed including teacher presentations, student presentations, discussion, research using the internet and College intranet, trips/visits and external speakers.

Course Outline

Mandatory units:
Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport
Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness
Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport
Unit 4: Fitness Training & Programming
Unit 5: Sports Coaching
Unit 6: Sports Development
Unit 7: Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
Unit 8: Practical Team Sports

Other optional units will be selected from the following:
Unit 9: Practical Individual Sports
Unit 10: Outdoor & Adventurous Activities
Unit 11: Sports Nutrition
Unit 12: Current Issues in Sport
Unit 13: Leadership in Sport
Unit 14: Exercise Health & Lifestyle
Unit 15: Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise
Unit 16: Exercise for Specific Groups
Unit 17: Psychology for Sports performance
Unit 18: Sports Injuries
Unit 22: Rules Regulations and Officiating in Sport
Unit 26: Work Experience in Sport


Coursework (100%)
No Examinations
Examining Board – EDEXCEL.
Most units will consist of two or more assignments set in context by teachers. Some will involve practical activities; others will involve study and research from books and the internet.

Special Entry Requirements

Standard BTEC entry requirements apply. All students are expected to undertake a period of vocational work experience. A clear DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ may be needed depending on the nature of the placement. The cost of the DBS is approximately £60.00 and if it is needed then you are responsible for this payment (details of how to pay will be provided).

Prohibited Options


Work Placement

On this course you will be expected to undertake a work experience placement in both the first and the second year, the purpose of which is to gather information and insights about the workplace, which can be included in your College assignments. Work placements also help develop your employability skills. By the end of the course, you will have gained relevant skills and have a CV with cover letter along with a LinkedIn account. Joining LinkedIn will offer you career opportunities now and will assist your long-term career aspirations, as your profile will be accessible by thousands of prospective employers. Throughout your time at college, you will use the LinkedIn account to record all of your activities including work experience, any part time paid employment and gain access to relevant professional links.

Career and Progression Opportunities

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant specialist courses, for example:
• BSC (Hons) in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science, which could lead to job roles as a community sports coach or a physical education (PE) teacher
• BA (Hons) in Sports Studies and Development, which could lead to job roles as a sports development officer for a National Governing Body or County Sports Partnership
• BA (Hons) in Sport Development and Management, which could lead to job roles in sports management positions in Community Sports Partnerships or Sports Facilities, such as 5-a-side football centres or in National Governing Bodies.

Other Information

Embedded into the BTEC Sport course, students will complete units relating to the Level 2 Sports Leaders Award and there will be opportunities to work within the local area supporting primary school sport. Students must enjoy the practical elements of this course as well as being prepared for a considerable amount of theory and the regular handing-in of coursework.

This information is correct for September 2019 entry.

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