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Sport: BTEC

Qualification: Level 3 Extended Certificate BTEC

Exam Board: Pearson

Entry Requirements: Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths, Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Grade 4 or above in GCSE Physical Education if studied. If GCSE Physical Education not studied a Grade 4 or above in Biology or Additional Science will be essential.

Taking you into both higher education and careers in sport

This course is for students who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A-level.


The course

The content for this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics, employers and professional bodies.

Students will study three mandatory units:  

  • Anatomy and physiology: students explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. 
  • Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being: students explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being. 
  • Professional development in the sports industry: students explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Students will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Students will also choose one optional unit from:  

  • Sports leadership: students study what makes a good leader, the different capacities of this role, and the leadership skills and techniques necessary when leading activities in different roles. 
  • Application of fitness testing: students gain an understanding of the requirements of fitness testing and learn how to safely conduct a range of fitness tests for different components of fitness. 
  • Sports psychology: this unit covers the psychological dimensions of sport, and introduces psychological techniques that can be used to enhance performance. 
  • Practical sports performance: students study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports.


Beyond the classroom

The PE department is extremely busy, running numerous extra-curricular clubs and teams. There are ample opportunities to help with these and other events, e.g. school sports day.



The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers.

For students who wish to study an aspect of sport in higher education, opportunities include:  

  • BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business, if taken alongside A-levels in Business and Maths. 
  • BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology, if taken alongside a BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science and A-levels in Psychology. 
  • BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, if taken alongside a BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science.