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Coombe Dean School


Sport BTEC Level 3 

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(Pearson) BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport 

Entry Requirements 

GCSE 3+ in English and Maths.

BTEC L2 or CNAT L2 Merit or above 

GCSE PE level 5 or above 

Skills required 

An interest in sport and recreation is essential, with current club or county representation within a sport strongly advised.  

Students who enjoy this course are sports enthusiasts, who often have an interest in a career within the sports sector. They are athletes with good practical and theoretical ability who can research, analyse and evaluate performance in order to improve it.  

Course outline 

The BTEC L3 allows students to further explore theory and pathways within the sports sector. Students will develop more in depth knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology, and will apply sports science concepts to case studies where a healthy, active lifestyle is not being met due to a person's environmental factors. Students will also take on roles of instructors, leading clients through fitness testing processes. They will also further explore their own future employment options and pathways within the sports industry. 

Student testimony 

“The Sport course was really good. Practical and informative. Now I’m going to HE to study to be a Sports therapist.” 

Career paths 

With a broad range of topics covered throughout the course, students will be equipped to transfer their skills within a range of sports sectors. This may include employment within the leisure industry, the armed forces or advancement to University courses in sport science, development, coaching or teaching. Students may also advance within nutrition, health and social care or medical routes. Due to the nature of units studied, the course also effectively develops leadership and communication skills, in conjunction with close analysis and evaluative skills. Students will be equipped with further knowledge of leading healthy, active lifestyles within any route they may choose.  

Course outline/assessment 

4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (67%). 

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology  

Written examination, 1.5 hours.  80 marks 

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being  

Set and marked externally and completed under supervised conditions. Written submission. 60 marks. 

Unit 3: Professional development in the Sports Industry 

Coursework submission & scenario interview assessment 

Unit 5: Application of fitness testing 

Coursework submission & practical assessment