Sport BTEC (Single Qualification)

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level. 

This BTEC qualification is designed to provide highly specialist, work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. It gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. This qualification provides career development opportunities for those already in work, and progression opportunities to higher education, degree and professional development programmes within the same or related areas of study, within universities and other institutions.



Mandatory units covered, include;

  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Optional units that may be covered include;

  • Sports Leadership
  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Practical Sports Performance

How will it be delivered?

Students will be assessed both internally and externally.

Internally assessed units:

The two units below are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification.

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Unit 4: Sports Leadership

Learners are assessed using a variety of styles to help them develop a broad range of transferable skills. Learners could be given opportunities to:


  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills.


Externally assessed units:

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology: Written examination set and marked by Pearson (1.5 hours)

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being: A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. In Part A, learners will be given a case study one week before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out preparation. In Part B, the supervised assessment period is

2.5 hours as timetabled by Pearson.


Grading for units and qualifications

Achievement in the qualification requires a demonstration of depth of study in each unit, assured acquisition of a range of practical skills required for employment or progression to higher education, and successful development of transferable skills. Learners achieving a qualification will have achieved across mandatory units, including external and synoptic assessment.


Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U). The grade of Near Pass is used for externally-assessed units only. All mandatory and optional units contribute proportionately to the overall qualification grade, for example a unit of 120 GLH will contribute double that of a 60 GLH unit.


This qualification graded using a scale of Pass to Distinction*


Entry requirements

In order to attend Meopham Sixth Form the minimum entry requirement is 5 level 4 GCSEs, including English and Maths.

A GCSE/BTEC Level 2 in Sport is not required and students will not be at a disadvantage if they do not hold a previous Sport qualification.

Your next steps...

What could this qualification lead to?

 The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of study. It combines well with a large number of subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines (depending on the subjects taken alongside). For learners who wish to study an aspect of sport in higher education, opportunities include:

  • BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business, if taken alongside A Levels in Business and Maths
  • BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology, if taken alongside  A Level in Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education, if taken alongside an A Level in English Language
  • BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Exercise physiologist
  • Fitness centre manager
  • Personal trainer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports coach
  • Sports development officer
  • Sports therapist

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Choreographer
  • Clinical scientist, cardiac sciences
  • Event manager
  • Health improvement practitioner
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Nutritionist
  • Outdoor activities/education manager
  • Sport and exercise psychologist

Jobs are available with a range of organisations in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including:

  • professional sports clubs
  • national sporting associations, governing bodies and other related sporting agencies
  • private health and fitness clubs, spas and public sports and recreation facilities
  • local authorities
  • schools, further education and higher education institutions
  • the health sector, including the NHS.
  • As a sport and exercise science graduate, you may also go on to set up your own business or consultancy.

How does the qualification provide employability skills?

 In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, we are generally referring to skills in the following three main categories:

cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology

intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation

interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.