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SPORT

LEVEL 3: VOCATIONAL EXTENDED DIPLOMA (BTEC)
EXAMINING BOARD: PEARSON EDEXCEL

This course will equip you with the essential skills and knowledge for future study or a career in sport. It offers you the chance to gain a qualification on a more practical level. This Extended Diploma will make up the core requirement of your Study Programme and is equivalent to three A Levels.

You will gain knowledge of training and exercise and the physiological effects this has on our anatomy. You will explore how nutrition affects our health and performance and how to test for fitness.

This course is about gaining hands-on leadership, coaching and officiating experience and you may have the opportunity to work in a local primary school delivering either an after school club or PE lesson, work as an Official alongside SASP (Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership) at a Primary School Central Venue League, or work with students at Selworthy School.

You will learn how Sport is a business and explore how national governing bodies are developing Sport to increase participation and inclusivity. You will have a wide range of experiences including running an event and a trip to the Olympic Park that will be challenging and enjoyable. This qualification will give you an excellent insight to the different career paths sport has to offer and develop a range of transferrable skills that will support you in the future.

 

Some of the topics we cover are:

Year 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Practical Sport
  • Professional Development
  • Fitness Training & Programming
  • Fitness Testing
  • Leadership
  • Research Methods

Year 2

  • Coaching
  • Psychology
  • Rules & Regulations
  • Sport Development
  • Business in Sport
  • Sports Events
  • Skill Acquisition
 

You will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above

The course is made up of 14 units, 10 are internally assessed through a variety of coursework including written reports, presentations, interviews, practical delivery and reflections. The other four units are externally assessed, one via an exam and three through controlled assessments with pre-released material.

Vocational qualifications are widely recognised by universities. Popular career choices include Fitness Training, Sports Coaching, Governing Body Work and Sports Development. We will actively signpost you throughout the course to any NGB qualifications that will be of benefit to you.

Some Sport students will study other subjects at university or find an Apprenticeship using the transferrable skills that they have gained.

Do Universities accept BTEC qualifications?

Yes, they are widely accepted. The BTEC Extended Diploma includes a variety of different types of assessment, it is not just coursework or practical, helping you build a variety of desired skills.

“This course has equipped me with the essential skills and knowledge for future study in a career geared towards sport. I have had the chance to gain a qualification on a more practical level whilst learning about exercise and the physiological effects this has on our anatomy. I have explored how nutrition affects health and performance and how to test for fitness in a safe and effective way. This course has been a good laugh and I have had a great time making friends and doing work in a more practical hands-on way”.