BTEC National Diploma in Sport

Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Leisure, Travel and Tourism

What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Type National Award (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. The BTEC National Diploma in Sport is equivalent to 2 A Levels. 

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 January 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 revision resource list will be provided for the course units, but students are expected to commit to further home learning 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 and experience the sports sector. 

BTEC Level 3 Sport has been chosen to provide students with a vocational experience that explores a variety of sporting areas. It aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of the study of the sport sector. More specifically, this course is developed in collaboration with national governing bodies and employers to ensure all course content supports students in further education and employment in the sector with a hands on approach meaning students will experience real life examples of employment in the sport and leisure industry.


There are 6 mandatory units, five internal and three external. Learners must complete and achieve at least a Pass grade for Units 1, 2 and 22. They must complete all units (as shown above) and achieve a pass grade or above in at least three.  

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.  

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, 5, 6, 7, 8 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 5, Application of Fitness Testing, learners gain an understanding of the requirements of fitness testing and learn how to safely conduct a range of fitness tests for different components of fitness. Learners will understand the principles of fitness testing, explore fitness tests for different components of fitness and undertake evaluation and feedback of fitness test results. 

Unit 6, Sports Psychology, this unit covers the psychological dimensions of sport, and introduces psychological techniques that can be used to enhance performance. Learners will understand how personality, motivation and competitive pressure can affect sport performance, examine the impact of group dynamics in team sports and its effect on performance and explore psychological skills training programmes designed to improve performance. 

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.  

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.  

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 January of year 12 with an option to retake in the summer if required. Unit 2 is an externally assessed exam that is 150 minutes long. The exam is sat in January of year 13 with an option to retake in the summer if required. Unit 22 is an externally assessed exam that is 180 minutes long. The exam is sat in June of year 12 with an option to retake in the summer of year 13 if required. 

The units that are shaded in the table are externally assessed, with the remainder being internally assessed by multiple members of the PE department.  

Unit  Assessment  

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology External Exam 

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being. External Exam 

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry Internal Theory and Practical Portfolio 

Unit 4: Sports Leadership Internal Theory and Practical Portfolio 

Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing  Internal Theory and Practical Portfolio 

Unit 6: Sports Psychology  Internal Theory Portfolio 

Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance Internal Theory and Practical Portfolio 

Unit 8: Coaching for Performance Internal Theory and Practical Portfolio 

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

23: Skill Acquisition in Sport Internal Theory and Practical Portfolio 

Entry requirements

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

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In the BTEC National units there are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills. These include: 

• 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.  

There are also specific requirements in some units for assessment of these skills where relevant, for example, where learners are required to undertake real or simulated activities.  

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