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Level: Advanced (Level 3)Awarding Body: Pearson

Why study BTEC Level 3 Sport?


It’s an exciting time for sport and to gain a further understanding of what Sport involves both in terms of organising/leading and participating is exactly what this course will equip students with. Students will have an opportunity to look in depth at all areas relating to sport in both a practical and theoretical way. The fantastic facilities on-site further enhance the learning experience coupled with the additional coaching/leading qualifications on offer. Topics such as Sport and Exercise Physiology, Applied Sport Psychology and Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing will empower students with the knowledge they need to progress into the ever popular Sports and fitness industry.

In the second year of the course students will have the opportunity to complete the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), 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.

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.

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 National Extended Diploma in Sport is 1080 GLH (equivalent in size to three A Levels). Comprises of 10 mandatory units (4 of which are externally set under controlled conditions).

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. Four units are assessed and graded externally. 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?

The General entry requirements are five GCSEs grades 9-4 for an Advanced Vocational programme, including English Language, and a grade 4 or MM and above in Extended Certificate Level 2 in the subject.

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/ABL 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 7755x339


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.

Recommended text: ISBN-(book1) 9781292134000 and (book 2) 9781292134062

What do students say about the course?

 "I enjoy the anatomy side of this subject but also the practicals involved which really get the students engaging with the learning. My teachers are extremely helpful as they present the class work in clear formats and in depth, but also the briefs for course work are explained clearly as well."

"P.E has helped broaden my knowledge on all the different aspects of Sport. My teachers are helpful as they make sure to go over each part of the assignments in depth and give good constructive feedback, which enables me to get better results." 

“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."



“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."