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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grades C/4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • A grade 3 in English Language is accepted for this course providing you have a grade 4 or above in English Literature. You will also need to enrol on English Language GCSE alongside your A-levels.



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This course is a two year vocational course that can be taken as an Extended Certificate (1 A-level equivalent) or a Diploma (2 A-level equivalent).

It is a practical skills based course which develops your own fitness and performance alongside the study of sport in various contexts. Those taking on the Diploma would typically be very interested in a career within the sports industry and be passionate about understanding a multitude of facets concerning sports development, coaching and fitness.

Bessie Burton

Bessie Burton

BTEC Sport Units

All Sport students will study the following core units:

  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Sports Coaching

Students studying for the Diploma will study these additional units:

  • Sports Development
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Activities
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Sport Injuries
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Current Issues in Sport

Methods of Teaching and Learning

Practical sports activities, as well as classroom work help develop each students understanding of the topics within BTEC Sport. Students must be able to develop their research skills and complete coursework by the deadlines given. Students are expected to plan, deliver/lead and evaluate coaching/fitness sessions. Students will acquire the skills they need to work independently and to monitor their own learning so to ensure they reach the highest standards. Students will also be required to participate in practical activities in order to be assessed.


The vocational nature of this course enables learners to develop their sport specific knowledge alongside their main studies. During the course of their studies, learners will be provided with the opportunity to enhance their learning and CV through activities such as the Sport & Leisure Career Academy, Sports Games Makers, NGB Couching Qualifications and Voluntary Work with our many sports providers. Students will also benefit from attending visits to sports and leisure venues and from receiving tuition/guest lectures from experts within the industry.

Functional Skills

Students will have an opportunity to develop their functional skills through the diversity of teaching methods used. This is inclusive of presentations, leading sports sessions, preparing reports to mention just a few.

Method of Assessment

This course is based on 100% coursework. Students will complete a range of assignments in each unit that ensure differentiated opportunity for success. Some assignments will require students to physically take part and/or lead sessions.


Sports students at St Brendan’s have access to an excellent range of facilities which are used to support your learning. These include a multipurpose sports hall and outdoor facilities, fitness suite, teaching rooms and IT facilities. In addition to this, students can expect to attend a range of educational trips/visits in order to consolidate their learning.

Meet the Sport teachers and students

What can I do next?

BTEC Level 3 Sport is a nationally recognised A-level standard course that facilitates employment within the industry due to its vocational relevance and emphasis on the development employability skills. Many St Brendan’s students have used the course to progress on to Higher Education where there are many foundation and full degrees in a range of sporting disciplines. Employment in the Leisure and Recreation industry could include a wide variety of careers such as Teacher, Sports Therapy, Sports Development Officer, Community Coach, Fitness Instruction, Supervisor/Trainee Manager, Sports Organiser or employment in other fields of sport & leisure.

Additional course costs

St Brendan’s PE department branded sports kit will be compulsory for all students and can be purchased from the online shop. Day trips form a valuable part of the course which all students are expected to attend.