BTEC Sport (Diploma)

Why BTEC Sport?

The course is an active and enjoyable way to study sport and gain an understanding of the Sport Industry.

The BTEC qualifications are coursework and examination based, they aim to provide students with opportunities to learn and apply theory to practice. Students will have the opportunity to develop appropriate knowledge and skills to enable progression to both Higher Education and employment.

Course Type: BTEC
Exam Board: Pearson
Weight: Double
Specific Entry Requirements:

Grade 4 in Mathematics and English.

A knowledge of the Human Body is desirable.

Minimum Grade 6 at GCSE PE on the theory paper for Extended Certificate in Sport. Minimum of a Level 2 Merit for Extended Certificate and Diploma BTEC Sport Courses.

There is an expectation that there will be a commitment to Wednesday afternoon sports teams at the Academy.

Course Assessment:
  • Sporting performance is compulsory for this unit.
  • 720 GLH
  • Equivalent in size to two A Levels
  • 10 units of which 9 are mandatory and 2 are external.
  • Mandatory content – 92%
  • External assessment – 33%
Contact Curriculum Leader for more information:
Mr Smith
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BTEC Sport students can move on to Higher Education courses and careers in the following areas:
Exercise physiologist, Fitness centre manager, Personal trainer, Secondary PE school teacher, Primary PE school teacher, Sports administrator, Sports coach, Sports development officer, Sports therapist, Sports scientist, Sports journalist.

Course Outline

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport

Mandatory Units
Unit 1 - Anatomy & Physiology – EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

1 hour 30 minutes written examination set and marked by Pearson.

Unit 2 - Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing - EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

A task set by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions

Part A – leaners will research a case study set by Pearson 2 weeks before the assessment period.

Part B – a 2 hour supervised assessment period timetabled by Pearson.

Unit 3 - Professional development in the Sports Industry

Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Internal Assessment

Unit 5 – Application of Fitness Testing
Unit 6 – Sports Psychology
Unit 8 – Coaching for Performance
Unit 26 – Technical and Tactical demands of Sport
Unit 27 – The Athlete's Lifestyle
Unit 28 – Sports Performance Analysis

Optional Units (choose one, all assessed internally)

Unit 4 – Sports Leadership
Unit 7 – Practical Sports Performance
Unit 9 – Research Methods in Sport
Unit 13 – Instructing Gym-based Exercise
Unit 14 – Exercise and Circuit based Physical Activity
Unit 17 – Sports Injury management
Unit 25 – Rules, regulations and officiating in Sport

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Questions or Queries?

Should you have any queries or comments please contact Miss Duncombe (Sixth Form Admissions Officer) by either:


Or by post:

Sixth Form Admissions Officer,
Sandwell Academy,
Halfords Lane,
West Bromwich,
West Midlands,
B71 4LG.

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