BTEC sport provides opportunities to practise developing essential employability skills, making this the ideal course for students who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and employment in the sports sector.

The qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills which will allow learners to gain first-hand experience of the sports sector which will prepare them for further study or training, however, it also allows students to gain transferrable skills such as research, analysis and evaluation - skills that can be vital in any job. 

Why study sport?

BTEC sport provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that allow students to gain experience of the sports sector that will prepare them for higher study or training.


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

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Entry requirements

Pass in English and maths, 5 or more grades at 5+ (this can include English and maths), if Sport or PE have been studied at KS4 then a Merit or a grade 5 is required.

Year 12

Students must study three mandatory units plus one optional unit selected around the requirements of the learners in the group.


UNIT 1: Anatomy and physiology: Structures, functions, responses, adaptations and additional factors applying to the following body systems: The Skeletal system, The Muscular system, The Respiratory system, The Cardiovascular system and Energy systems


UNIT 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health and Sport and Well-being: Students will explore the process required for screening clients and assessing their lifestyle and nutritional intake as well as how to interpret data and suggest modifications to help improve the individual's fitness, health and overall well-being. Fitness training methods will also be examined for each component of physical and skill-related fitness. In this unit, you will draw on your learning from across the BTEC programme to complete an external assessment task set by the exam board.

Year 13

UNIT 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry: The final unit of study is Professional Development in the Sports Industry. In this unit you will research the different possible careers and the associated job roles in the sports industry, then action-plan your development towards achieving a selected career aim.


Plus one other optional unit of study to be confirmed in Year 13


Students are assessed both through external examinations and internal assessments and will be expected to draw on their learning from across the BTEC programme. Unit 3 – Professional Development in the Sports Industry will be internally assessed through the use of various assignments set by your class teacher.

I feel a lot more knowledgeable about how to maintain a healthy and balanced diet – I have gained this knowledge through the helpful units.
Year 13 student