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Sport (BTEC Level 3 National Diploma)


BTEC in sport is an exciting vocational opportunity. This specialist course includes core content plus a range of bespoke units to equip students with the skills they need in the workplace or on specialist higher education courses and ultimately to become employable in the sport sector.

The introduction of this course will enable students to combine with other A Levels in order to meet their specific interests.

Summary of course content

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is equivalent to 2 A Levels and also carriers the equivalent UCAS points. It has been designed as part of a two year programme, normally in conjunction with one or more qualifications at Level 3.

Students will explore the major body systems, show an understanding of client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming, explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry and gain as understanding of the requirements of fitness testing.

Topics covered

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma qualification consists of 10 units in total:

Four mandatory units:
Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology
Unit 2: Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
Unit 3: Professional development in the sports industry
Unit 4: Application of fitness training

Three specialist units such as:
Sports psychology, sports leadership, technical and tactical awareness, sports performance profiling and many more

Three optional units such as:
Work experience, sports injury management, practical sports performance and coaching for community sport.


The new BTEC in sport uses a combination of assessment styles to give students the confidence to apply their knowledge in order to succeed in the workplace. It will also provide the relevant skills to aid students wishing to progress to higher education. The wider range of vocational assessments, both practical and written, ensures that students can showcase their learning and achievements in a variety of ways: assignments, pre-released tasks and written exams.

33% of the course will be marked externally through two units.
67% of the course will be marked through coursework.

Unit 1 (Anatomy and physiology): 90 minute written exam
Unit 2 (Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being): 2 hour pre-released task

Students are expected to keep files of written coursework, log books of practical performance and be involved in sport both inside and outside of school.

Where the course leads

The course provides an excellent foundation for careers in sport science, sporting excellence, health and fitness industries and relevant higher education courses. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements for many courses.

Special entry requirements

Students need to obtain 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (including English Language at grade 4 and GCSE PE or Biology at grade 4 or higher).

Students progressing from the Level 2 First Award in Sport will need to achieve distinction grade. It is an expectation that students are actively involved in sport on a regular basis.