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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.



Exam board: Edexcel

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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 National 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.



Course Content

Students studying for the Extended Certificate will study the following core units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology: written exam
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being: controlled assessment
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry: written coursework

Plus one additional unit:

  • Practical Sports Performance: written assignment work with some practical elements

Students studying for the National Diploma will study the following core units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology: This is a 1.5-hour exam           
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being: this is a controlled assessment of 2.5 hours              
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry: this is a controlled assessment of 2.5 hours   
  • Sports Leadership: written assignment work with some practical elements               
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry: written assignments             
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport: written assignment work with some practical elements 

Plus three additional units:

  • Application of Fitness Testing: written assignment work with some practical elements               
  • Practical Sports Performance: written assignment work with some practical elements
  • Principles and Practices for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities: practical based on three different OA activities to be demonstrated alongside written assignments

Methods of Assessment

This course is assessed via internally assessed coursework and external assessments:

Extended Certificate = 67% External Assessment

National Diploma = 45% External Assessment

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 in and/or lead sessions.

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 Coaching 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.


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

Next Steps

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 of 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 Costs

St Brendan’s PE department branded sports kit will be compulsory for all students and can be purchased from the online shop (you will receive the link once you have enrolled). Day trips form a valuable part of the course which all students are expected to attend. There is also a Sports Award Evening each June where we celebrate both academic and sporting achievements for which there is a cost.

Bursary support may be available for some or all of the above.