BTEC Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent)

BTEC Extended Certificate (1 A Level equivalent)

Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs between 9-4 (or A*-C), one or two at B/6 with two of English, Maths or Science
  • Five GCSEs between 9-4 (or A*-C) together with Distinctions in BTEC Level 2 qualifications
  • Seven or eight GCSEs at grade 4 (or C)

Please Note:It is useful to have taken P.E./Sport at GCSE/BTEC level, but not essential.

BTEC Sport Overview

BTEC Sport qualifications enables students to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the sport sector either straight from college or after Higher Education. We offer two BTEC Sport qualifications, the Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent) and the Extended Certificate (1 A Level equivalent). The Extended Diploma is made up of 14 units, including four external assessments, whilst the Extended Certificate is made up of 4 units, including two external assessments. During the courses we will provide you with meaningful work experience, which relates to your chosen career.

Extended Diploma (3 A Level equivalent)

You will study 14 units across the two years of the course: ten mandatory units and four units which are externally assessed.

  • Unit 1 Anatomy & Physiology (External Assessment)
  • Unit 2 Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (External Assessment)
  • Unit 3 Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Unit 4 Sports Leadership
  • Unit 7 Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 8 Coaching for Performance
  • Unit 9 Research Methods in Sport
  • Unit 19 Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity (External Assessment)
  • Unit 22 Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry (External Assessment)
  • Unit 23 Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • You will also study a further four optional units
  • Unit 5 Application of Fitness Testing
  • Unit 6 Sports Psychology
  • Unit 29 Exercise for Specific Groups
  • Unit 30 Exercise for Health & Lifestyle

Skills

Whilst completing the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, students will develop a wide range of skills, that will be beneficial to their next step into employment or Higher Education. For example, whilst studying fitness testing students will be required to complete a consultation process with a client and devise a suite of fitness tests to complete with their client and provide verbal feedback and recommendations for improvement.  In anatomy and physiology students will develop their understanding of the body’s systems and apply their understanding in an external assessment.  In fitness training and programming students will need to provide lifestyle, nutritional and training advice for a client in a synoptic assessment.  Whilst in sports coaching and leadership students will be required to plan and deliver coaching and leadership sessions for different target groups.  Through the completion of coursework and exam components, students will develop their analytical, exam and report writing skills.

Careers/Destinations

The majority of students progress onto Higher Education to study a wide variety of Sports related degrees. Past students have completed degrees in Sports Coaching, Sports Nutrition, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Therapy, Primary/Secondary School Teaching, Sports Psychology and Sports Management. Students also progress into employment after completing the qualification, gaining employment in roles such as sports coaching, personal training and leisure roles.

Extended Certificate (1 A Level equivalent)

YEAR ONE

  • Unit 1 – Anatomy & Physiology (External Assessment)
  • Unit 5 – Application of Fitness Testing (Internal Assessment)

YEAR TWO 

  • Unit 2 – Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (External Assessment)
  • Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry (Internal Assessment)

Skills

Whilst completing the BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport, students will develop a wide range of skills, that will be beneficial to their next step into employment or Higher Education. For example, whilst studying fitness testing students will be required to complete a consultation process with a client and devise a suite of fitness tests to complete with their client and provide verbal feedback and recommendations for improvement.  Whilst studying professional development, students will research relevant careers and complete the interview process for a chosen career in sport.  In anatomy and physiology students will develop their understanding of the body’s systems and apply their understanding in an external assessment.  In fitness training and programming students will need to provide lifestyle, nutritional and training advice for a client in a synoptic assessment.  Through the completion of coursework and exam components, students will develop their analytical, exam and report writing skills.

Careers/Destinations

As the course is equivalent to one A Level, not all students completing the course are focused on a sports related career.  But those that are progress onto a wide variety of sports related degrees, for example Sport & Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Sports Nutrition, Sports Rehabilitation, Sports Psychology, Primary/Secondary School Teaching, Sports and Leisure Management.

BTEC Sport

What areas of sport will I be studying?

On the Extended Certificate programme, students will complete a total of 4 units across the 2 years. These include:
Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology
Unit 2: Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Wellbeing
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing

On the Extended Diploma programme, students will complete a total of 14 units across the 2 years. These include:
Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology
Unit 2: Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Wellbeing
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
Unit 4: Leadership in Sport
Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing
Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance
Unit 8: Coaching for Performance
Unit 19: Development & Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
Unit 22: Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry

What other A Levels/vocational courses could I do along with Sport?

It is possible to study almost every course alongside our Extended Certificate in Sport course, however, there are some A-Level/Vocational courses that are a particularly suitable match. Some of these include:
Biology
Psychology
Sociology
Business Studies
Applied Science

How many exams will I have?

The Extended Certificate course includes 2 external assessments that are split across the 2 years:
Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology will be completed in the first year.
Unit 2: Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Wellbeing will be completed in the second year.

The Extended Diploma course includes 4 external assessments that are split across the 2 years:
Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology and Unit 2: Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Wellbeing will be completed in the first year.
Unit 19: Development & Provision of Sport and Physical Activity and Unit 22: Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry will be completed in the second year.

Will I do any practical work?

Students on the Extended Certificate programme complete 2 Practical Assessments across the 2 years:
Year 1 - students are assessed on their planning and delivery of fitness tests on a client.
Year 2 - students are assessed on their application for and completion of a mock job interview for a sports-related career.

Students on the Extended Diploma programme complete 7 Practical Assessments across the 2 years. These include:
Practical Sports Performance in 2 different sports
Sports Coaching Session
Fitness Testing Delivery
Sports Leadership Sessions
Job Interview
Exercise Session for Specific Groups
Delivery of skills sessions using different teaching styles

What kind of degree courses will I be able to do after studying Sport?

There are a wide-range of degree courses that our students go on to study at University. Some of the more common courses include:
Physiotherapy
Sports Rehabilitation
Sports Therapy
Sports Coaching
Sports Psychology
Sports Business
Sports Teaching
Primary Teaching

What kind of careers might this lead to?

Again, our students go on to follow a wide-range of career pathways after leaving Loreto or completing their degree course. Many of our ex-students go on to careers in:
Physiotherapy/Sports Rehabilitation and therapies
Teaching (both at Primary and Secondary schools)
Coaching
Sports Development