National Extended Certificate in Sport

BTEC level 3

Careers related to studying BTEC Sport:

The Extended Certificate is the equivalent to studying one A- Level. The course is for someone who has a real passion for Sport and Fitness. You will study using academic and vocational methods alongside practical methods. Students will also develop the necessary skills required for a range of sport related pathways from sports coaching to gym management or to studying sport at university and many more possible routes.    Many of our students progress on to employment or university to study sport related degrees such as teaching; physiotherapy; Sports Coaching; and Sport Science as well as other non-sport related fields.

Course content:

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 (internally assessed).

Unit 7: Practical Sport Performance Learners study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports. (Internally assessed).

Entry requirements:

Students must have achieved at least a grade B in GCSE or a merit in BTEC Sport Level 2.

Methods of study:

Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction* are awarded based on the amount of criteria met in each unit. There are five lessons per week for single sport and ten lessons per week for double sport, which are taught by the PE staff based on their area of specialism. The course is taught using a mixture of practical and theoretical strategies and this is related to the world of sport and students own sporting experiences wherever possible.

Strategies include group and individual presentations, practical diary logs, practical fitness tests, individual and team game sessions and the opportunity to coach younger children in a range of sports.

Methods of assessment:

The majority of work on this course (67%) is assessed via coursework and assignments set by the teacher, however 33% of the course is assessed externally.

The externally assessed units are:

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology. Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. Written examination set and marked by Pearson. (1.5 hours).

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being. A task set and marked externally and completed under supervised conditions.