BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport

Why study BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport?
Employers value BTEC’s approach to learning because it provides a unique combination of technical skills which help prepare students for employment, together with a breadth of knowledge about the sector that empowers them to succeed in the real world. The flexibility to build a programme of study combined with practical application, all of which is tailored directly to a student’s aspirations, is proven to produce a valued candidate in the eyes of employers. In addition, the ethos of BTEC courses provides experiences that promote maturity in participants which directly enhances their employability

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?
The Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector.

The qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment directly in the sport sector. Progression routes include employment or further training in the following fields:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sport, Leisure and Business Management
  • Business Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Fitness Training
  • Outdoor Education
  • Sports Coaching and Leadership
  • Teacher Training
  • Event Management
  • Sports Development

Key Information Summary:

Course TitleNational Extended Diploma in Sport
Examination BoardPearson Edexcel
Linear Qualification?Yes
Course Webpage
Entry RequirementsSixth From entry requirements
Contact TeachersMr L Lightfoot:
Mr A Pickup:

Course Details:
A BTEC Extended Diploma is an academic, practical and vocational course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities in addition to a number of externally set tasks and exams.

The course will develop your academic understanding of the sports industry. In addition, you will augment your vocational skills through assisting PE teachers and coaches in lesson support, local primary school sport or extra-curricular clubs. Moreover, you will develop your sporting performance through individualized training programmes and expand your personal skills through sports leadership and a range of events, trips and residential study visits.

The course is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels which means when you have finished the course you can choose whether to get a job straight away or go into higher education first.

Subject Content:
The course is made up of 14 units (or subjects) which cover the broad range of the sports industry.

The internally assessed units that comprise the course are as follows:

  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Sport Leadership
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Event Management
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Sports Injury Management
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

The externally assessed units that are assessed by Pearson by a set task or a written exam set and marked by Pearson are as follows:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Development and Provision of Sport
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry

Assessment details:
10 of the units are assessed internally through the production of a portfolio of evidence. This evidence is generated through written assignments, presentations or practical demonstrations. 4 of the units are assessed externally through an exam and set tasks.