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Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
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BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport

SUBJECT:  BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport      


Examining Body: EDEXCEL/Pearson Specification No:  603/0460/1


Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE PE and 4.4 in Combined Science. Students must have an interest in sport and should be competing in sport at a high level





Synopsis of Content:


9 units are studied over 2 years, of which 6 are mandatory.


Mandatory Units


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



Examples of optional units


Sports Psychology

Application of Fitness Testing

Sports event Organisation

Coaching for Performance

Research Project in Sport

Sports Performance Analysis

Work Experience in Active Leisure

Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport is equivalent to 2 A Levels.

This qualification is aimed at students looking to progress to higher education in this sector.







Assessment Methods / Teaching Methods and Resources

Students will need an enquiring mind and be willing to research and work independently both in school and at home. Personal study time after school will be needed in order to successfully complete assignments and meet set deadlines. Time management is a key skill and the importance of this is essential to the course. Students must be focused, willing to work independently as well as in groups. Students must be participating in sport competitively. There will be opportunities to participate in practical activities, coaching and analysing sport and organising sporting events.

All units are assessed and graded and all students must pass a set exam. There are four pass grades for this qualification, pass, merit, distinction and distinction*




The course is assessed using a combination of internal assessments, which are set and marked by teachers, and external assessments which are set and marked by Pearson. This includes a theory exam.

• mandatory units have a combination of internal and external assessments

• all optional units are internally assessed appropriate to the content of the unit and in line with requirements from employers and higher education.







Suitability for Combination

This qualification would suit a combination with many subjects. It offers many transferable skills, particular excellent combinations would include applied science, biology, business, sociology and psychology.







Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations

The qualification is designed to support progression to university or employment.

In addition to the sport sector-specific content students will also develop transferable and higher order skills that are highly regarded by higher education and employment.e.g communication, team working and leadership skills. The qualification carries UCAS points and when taken with another level 3 qualification is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant sport or leisure degree courses, for example


BSC(Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science

BA (Hons) Sports Studies and Development

BSC (Hons) Sports Science

BSC(Hons) Sports Therapy

BSC(Hons) Physiotherapy

BSC(Hons) Diet and Nutrition Studies

Postgraduate teaching qualification

Sports/leisure management

Fitness Instructor/Sports Coach/Gym Instructor








Ms L Petrie

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