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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Pearson

Why study BTEC Level 3 Sport?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science provides learners with a vocational course that combines theory with practical methods of learning in a range of different units. 1080 GLH is equivalent in size to three A Levels. 13 units of which 7 are mandatory (4 of which are externally set). Mandatory content (67%). External assessment (42%).The units delivered within the first year of the course include; Sport and Exercise Physiology, Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing.

In the second year of the course, students will go on a four week Work Experience. The students will also complete the CYQ Level 2 Fitness Instructors qualification, Level 1 Football (JSM) Award and the Level 1 Basketball Leaders/Table Official Certificate, further preparing the for the field of work.  Students will also be visiting leading University Sports Laboratories (pictured) to explore how the elite sports performers prepare for the Olympics and World Cup.

What can it lead to?

The BTEC prepares you to study a range of sport related degree qualifications as well as enter into the sports sector and build a career in sport. The BTEC is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for progression into employment or further educational opportunities. This is because the qualification provides opportunities for you to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills, functional skills, and wider skills in a sport context. The course also develops your knowledge of environmental issues as well as health and safety considerations. Students will be required to undertake a four week work experience placement in October during the second year of the course. As well as going on to leading sports universities, previous students have found placements and have even negotiated paid employment with organisations such as St Mary's University, University of Kent, GLL, The Gym and Fitness First.

How is the course organised?

Awarding Body: Pearson

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences is 1080 GLH (equivalent in size to three A Levels). Comprises of 13 units 7 of which are mandatory (4 of which are externally set). Mandatory content (67%). External assessment (42%).

For more information on specifications and a full list of units studied you can visit the following link:

The units assessed will receive either of the following: Pas/Merit/Distinction.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment on the course is mainly through the completion of written coursework assignments and projects which are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. Some of these will involve visits to outside agencies and seminars from experienced practitioners who are currently working in the sporting world. Other assessment methods include verbal presentations, group projects and practical assessments.

Students will be given formative feedback following the submission of coursework. All student work is both internally and externally verified for quality control purposes. Students will be given a grid to plot their progress record throughout the duration of the course. Feedback interviews with teachers is frequent. Higher grade (Distinction based work) will test the student’s ability to retain information and display a quantitative and qualitative array of understanding usually in written report form.

What do I need to qualify for this course?

Standard college entry requirements.  A PM or above in a level 2 qualification (BTEC Sports Level 2 would be desirable, but not essential).  5 grade 4 (C) or above at GCSE level.  Have a strong interest in Sport and the Sports industry.

All BTEC Sports students are expected to get involved in the Sports Enrichment Program. The range of activities available is extensive from the more recreational, available throughout the week by way of clubs e.g. Basketball, Five-a-Side Football or Badminton, to the competitive fixtures played every Wednesday in Basketball, Rugby, Football and Netball as part of the AOC sports league. The department also runs an annual outward bound (PGL) trip where students can take the opportunity to use this activity as part of their assessment.

Who are the teachers?

The department is equipped with all the modern facilities required to deliver a modern day sports course. This includes a sports hall and a fitness training and assessment suite. All students have access to the latest resources, produced for effective delivery and understanding, which are regularly updated by our hardworking, passionate and creative department.

For more information contact The Head of Department.

Mr. D Hall

0208 968 7755 x339

What else should I know?

The BTEC course is predominantly theory based which provides students with many of the skills required to enhance their career aspirations within or outside of the sporting world. You will develop practical skills in your specialist areas and also learn about the other factors that contribute to improving performance.

The course is delivered by experienced staff will maximise your potential through a series of enjoyable and productive lessons. Progression to sports related degrees such as teaching, physiotherapy, sport science, sports studies and sports psychology as well as other non-sport related fields or employment.

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What do students say about the course?

“I enjoy learning this way as its fun but also challenging. I previously studied AS levels and have found that the BTEC course gives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and understanding outside of an examination setting. The atmosphere in the lessons means that you can work at your own pace and support is available from tutors whenever you are unsure on a particular topic. The constant strive to achieve distinction criteria through stretch and challenge activities is always at the forefront of assessment."

Najelt Ghailan


“This course will help me to realise my dream and go to America and continue my studies and further develop as a football player. St Charles do lots of extra-curricular activities including joining the sports teams. I’m on the football team and look forward to the coming season. I really recommend studying at St Charles and taking advantage of all the opportunities it offers."

Mortada Al Saedi