The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport is an applied general qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and gives the option to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector. The qualification is equivalent to one A Level.
This course is designed to develop the technical skills and personal qualities essential for career development in sport specific employment or higher education. We aim to provide students with an interesting programme that is both intellectually stimulating and challenging. The course will be delivered via tutorials, laboratory work, visits and practical sessions. Students will need to work independently and take responsibility for their own learning.
Students Suited To The Course
Students with a love for sport, an enterprising mind and a keen interest in how businesses operate within the leisure industry. Those studying BTECH Sport will be encouraged to develop skills and behaviours such as teamwork, leadership, performance analysis, resilience, evaluation, analysis and synthesising concepts.
What Other Subjects It Combines Well With
BTECH Sport and Exercise is very broad and can be combined with many subjects. Students looking to continue the subject at university should think about combining it with facilitating subjects such as Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English. Students committed to progressing into a career in related industries could consider combining it with Business.
Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of specialised study visits, guest speakers, residential experiences and a range of practical activities to compliment your programme of study. We will also encourage students to gain work-based and volunteering experience in the local community.
Four units of which three are mandatory and two are external.
Students will study three mandatory units:
- Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
- Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being
- Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
Students will also choose one optional unit from a range which has been designed to support choices in progression to sport courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas. The optional areas include:
- Unit 4: Sports Leadership
- Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing
- Unit 6: Sports Psychology
- Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance
External Assessment (67%)
Unit 1: Sport and Exercise Physiology
- Written examination, 1 hour 30 minutes. 80 marks
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 is 2 hours 30 minutes
- Written submission
- 60 marks
GCSE grade 4 in English Language or English Literature and grade 4 in Science
The course prepares students for employment in a range of industries including sports development, leisure centres, the Armed Forces, Police and sports coaching. The qualification is recognised by higher education providers for many relevant sports and sport-related courses.