BTEC National Extended Certificate 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 Extended Certificate is equivalent to 1 A Level.

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 3 mandatory units, one internal and two external. Learners must complete and achieve at least a Pass grade for Units 1 and 2. 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.  

Internal Mandatory units  

The internally assessed mandatory units are unit 3. 

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.  

The optional unit that the school have chosen to deliver entwines previous understanding from Level 2 BTEC Sport and content delivered from Unit 2. 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. 

How will it be delivered?

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 5: Application of Fitness Testing  Internal Theory and Practical Portfolio 

Entry requirements

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

Your next steps...

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.