“The course is aimed at students with a keen interest in a variety of sports both at a personal performance level and as a coach”

Course Detail

The new BTEC National in Sport contains an exciting range of units designed with the flexibility required by today’s learners. It also ensures BTEC learners develop the skills they need to ‘hit the ground running’ when they move on to the next stage of their lives, whether that’s into further study, or employment.

The course deals with the principles and practices of Sport and Physical Activity Development. BTEC Sport is an exciting, practical, theoretical and exam based subject which involves fitness training, professional development and provision of sport. The course is aimed at students with a keen interest in a variety of sports, both at a personal performance level and as a coach. The commitment to help the PE department in lessons and after the Academy day is essential.

This two-year full-time course meets the entry requirements for progression to higher education in Sport. Possible next steps include teaching or as a sports performer as part of an apprenticeship programme. This qualification also provides preparation for specific job roles.

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is equivalent to 2 A-Levels.

How will I be assessed?

This course has both internally and externally assessed components. Internally assessed units require students to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills.

The requirements of the course will be met through a variety of assignments which are assessed through presentations, role play, practical work and by completing coursework tasks in controlled conditions. Externally assessed units:

  • The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma has one written exam lasting 1.5 hours and one externally assessed coursework task lasting 2 hours.

Students need to complete significant and relevant work experience as part of their course.

Students must complete all the work required for the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate by the end of Year 12 to be able to continue with their studies in Year 13.

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE Maths: 4
GCSE English: 4
GCSE PE would be beneficial

Required grades for English and Maths may be revised in August 2017.

Where can this course take me?

Upon successful completion of the diploma it is possible to progress into higher education to study: Sport and Exercise Studies; Physical Education Teaching (both primary and secondary); Sport Therapy; Coaching Science; Health, Sports Performance and Nutrition; Recreation/Sports Management; Fitness Instructor; Leisure Management and Sport Development. There are also opportunities to apply for the armed forces, or to seek employment within leisure centres, health clubs or sport coaching in the UK or abroad. Past students have gone onto higher education to study one of the many sports degree courses available, or have obtained employment within the fitness industry and sports development centres.


King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee. Company number 07002160. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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