Rugby Academy - BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code RU01
Qualification Type BTEC Technical Award L1/2
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 National Certificate in Sport is equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 A levels.  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. 

This course includes the following qualifications:

  • BTEC National Certificate in Sport (Level 3 – equivalent to three A Levels)
  • Gym Instructor Qualification (Level 2)
  • Personal Trainer Qualification (Level 3)
  • RFU Coaching & Refereeing course 

Students will train and play rugby as part of their timetable and will participate in district, regional and national competitions. This course is for students who have experience of playing rugby at a club on a regular basis over a number of years. 

The Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer courses will also allow the participants the opportunity to gain employment straight from Sixth Form as these are industry recognised qualifications. 

Students can also gain RFU approved coaching and refereeing qualifications which will give students the opportunity to develop their skills and start their coaching career. 

Skills Acquired

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 rugby wanting to develop skills and gain qualifications to become a personal trainer, gym instructor and rugby refereeing and coaching. Those studying BTEC Sport will be encourage the develop skills and behaviours such as teamwork, leadership, performance analysis, resilience, evaluation, analysis and synthesising concepts.


Students will study the following units:

Year 12

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology

In this unit, students will explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. 

Year 13

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

In this unit, students will learn the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities. 

Additional units will be published in advance of the course starting. 

How will it be delivered?

Exam and Controlled Assessment

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 4 in English or English Literature and Mathematics and a Grade 6 in at least four subjects.

Your next steps...

This course can help students in the quest to careers and higher education qualifications in sports science. Related jobs for students who opt for Sport Level 3 include physiotherapy, performance analyst, dietician, sports coach, sports.