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Sport (BTEC)

Level: BTEC Level 3 National Diploma Examination board: Edexcel Specification: 2017 Diploma

Course information

BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centred approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structuree and knowledge applied in a project-based assessment. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education. 

Year 12 course outline

Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology (External exam in January)
Unit 2: Fitness training (External exam in June)
Unit 3: Professional development (internal coursework assessment)
Unit 4: Sports leadership (internal coursework assessment)
Unit 18: Work experience in active leisure (internal coursework assessment with practical industry experience)

Year 13 course outline

Unit 22: Investigating business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry (external exam in January)
Unit 23: Skill acquisition in sport (internal coursework assessment)
Three optional units could be, but are not limited to: (there are a total of 22 to choose from)
- Application of fitness testing
- Sports psychology
- Practical sports performance
- Sports event organisation

Opportunities beyond the classroom

External speakers come in a deliver seminars on certain topics, such as careers in sport, fitness testing. Opportunities to attend Surrey Sports Park to take part in professional fitness testing. Work experience is encouraged in the sporting industry.

Course requirements (GCSE grades/interests)

Grade 6 or above in GCSE PE or Merit or above in BTEC Sport Level 2 are advantageous but not essential. An interest in sport and fitness is essential.



55% (6 Units)


45% (3 Units)

*units are weighted differently.

Higher education courses linked to the subject

Having studied BTEC Sport students will be able to study Sports Science, Sports Studies, PE teaching, Sport and Fitness, Sports Coaching, Sports nutrition, Sports Psychology.

Careers linked to the subject

Possible career options include sports coach, fitness instructor, sports therapist, sports nutritionist, PE teacher, leisure management.

I achieved a double distinction starred in BTEC Sport with the help of the teaching staff keeping me on track. The modular units really suited my learning style. Most people go on to study a Sports Science degree but I'm going to use this on my Product Design degree. Marc

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Mrs Natalie Cowell