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BTEC Sport Level 3

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care

What will you be working towards?

Code Sp01
Qualification Type National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


BTEC qualifications are equivalent to A Level. There are units that need to be completed dependent on the size of the qualification that you are studying. 

All of these options are available for you to study either alongside your A Level’s or instead of.


How will I learn?

Lessons will be taught using a number of different methods, including teacher-led lessons, interactive tasks, group and individual presentations, team teaching and practical sessions. The Anatomy and Physiology unit is an externally assessed exam, which will be taken in the summer of Year 12. The Professional Development in the Sports Industry unit is assessed internally through coursework and is then moderated by Pearson. Students will, therefore, not only be expected to compile a comprehensive portfolio of class notes, but also revise and develop their understanding in preparation for external examination. Textbooks and a comprehensive reading list will be provided for the course units, but students are expected to commit to further reading and research to extend their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Students will have the opportunity to attend local universities and sports centres in order to enhance their learning.

What will I learn? 

The BTEC Level 3 Sport has been chosen to provide students with a vocational course that explores a variety of sporting areas. It aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of the study of the sport sector and prepare them for higher education and future employment.

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How will it be delivered?

Students will study units depending on the size of the qualification they opt for as is detailed below. Unit 1 is an externally assessed exam that is 90 minutes long. The exam is sat in the summer of year 12 with an option to retake during year 13 if required.

The units that are shaded in the table are externally assessed, with the remainder being internally assessed.

Students will be able to choose at least one optional unit from a range that has been designed to support choices in progression to sport courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas.

Shown below is an example delivery plan for the units within a National Extended Diploma (Equivalent to 3 A Levels)

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport Mandatory units

There are 10 mandatory units, six internal and four external. Learners must complete and achieve at least a Pass grade for Units 1, 2, 19, 22 and 23. They must complete all units in group B (3, 4, 7, 8 and 9) and achieve a pass grade or above in at least three.

External Mandatory units

● Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology

● Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing

● Unit 19: Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity

● Unit 22: Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry

Unit 1 aims to cement how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. Learners must develop a knowledge and understanding of the importance of making connections between body systems in response to short-term and long-term exercise and sport participation.

Unit 2 combines lifestyle factors affecting health, nutrition, fitness training and fitness programming, which are then assessed through a task-based external assessment. Practice for this unit should involve using case studies of people with different lifestyle and fitness goals to help familiarise learners with the significance of client screening and lifestyle assessment in order to provide recommendations for improvement. Learners will also develop their knowledge in order to recommend training methods and produce fitness training programmes for specific individuals.

For Unit 19, learners will study the development and provision of sport in the UK and its relationship with global sport. The assessment requires learners to write a proposal for a sports development project. As such, this unit may be better placed in the second year of study when learners have developed their ability to carry out research and can apply this to unfamiliar contexts.

Unit 22 requires learners to be able to research facilities, products and services, business operations and demographics for different sectors within the sports industry. Learners are expected to have experience of going out to visit different sport and active leisure providers and then bring this knowledge into the external assessment to support their application of knowledge to the assessment task.

Internal Mandatory units

The internally assessed mandatory units are 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 23.

In Unit 3, Professional Development in the Sports Industry, learners will research the different possible careers and the associated job roles in the sports industry. They will then produce an action plan for their development towards achieving a selected career aim. They will also research their chosen career to understand how to access and progress within it. Learners will also be expected to take part in application and interview assessment activities for a selected career pathway, drawing on knowledge and skills from across the qualification to identify their own strengths and gaps in knowledge and skills.

Unit 4, Sports Leadership, aims to develop learners’ confidence in a variety of different roles when leading sport. They will learn about the requirements of effective leadership and the leader’s role, key skills, qualities and characteristics. Learners will be required to take on the role of a leader and demonstrate the necessary range of skills for the selected leadership role independently and as part of a team, when planning and running an event.

Unit 7, Practical Sports Performance, gives learners the opportunity to improve their own knowledge and practical ability in a selection of individual and team sports. This will be achieved through participation in practical activities, followed by a reflection on their performance.

Unit 8, Coaching for Performance, will develop learners’ knowledge of coaching and practical ability in coaching. The unit includes session planning and delivery of a coaching session to improve other participants’ sporting performance. Learners will also learn how to effectively evaluate the impact of their own coaching for their future development.

Unit 9, Research Methods in Sport, introduces learners to the different types of research and the importance of this for emerging sports practitioners. They will also find out about factors that can affect the quality of research. The importance of ethical research practices will also be covered in this unit.

In Unit 23, Skill Acquisition in Sport, learners will develop an understanding of skilled performance and how an individual’s abilities contribute to the development of their skills. They will examine how sports performers are able to take information from their environment, for example, their position, the positions of their opponents or the speed and trajectory of a ball, and then process this information so that they can produce a response in the form of a skilled movement. They will explore the key theories of how individuals learn skills and how new skills can be presented, using different strategies to facilitate their learning.

Optional units: Learners must complete four optional units from group C (Units 5, 6, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25 and 26).

Entry requirements

Ideally at least 5 Grade 4’s and above including English and Maths.

Your next steps...

In addition to the sport sector-specific content outlined above, the requirements of the qualification mean that students develop transferable skills that are highly regarded by both higher education and employers; for example, communication, team working and organisation skills. The qualification carries UCAS points and supports entry to higher education courses in a wide range of disciplines, including degrees in Sports and Business, Sport Psychology, Sports Education and Sport and Exercise Science. 


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