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Sport - BTEC Diploma

Special Entry Requirements:

You will need to meet the level 3 BTEC entry requirements.

Course Introduction:

This two year course is ideal for students who are totally focused on a career and/or higher level course in sport. It is very practically based and includes how the body works and adapts to exercise; coaching and sports development; team and individual sports; outdoor and adventurous activities. In the second year all students complete a work placement in a sport related field. There is also an opportunity to be part of a successful exchange to Sweden, where students experience a different culture and complete part of their outdoor and adventurous activity module there experiencing winter sports, such as downhill and cross country skiing, skating and ice hockey.

Course Modules:

The eight core units followed by all students are:

1. Principles of Anatomy & Physiology
2. Physiology of Fitness
3. Health & Safety in Sport
4. Training & Fitness for Sport
5. Sports Coaching
6. Sports Development
7. Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
8. Practical Team Sports*
9. Practical Individual Sports*

*Learners must select one of these units (unit 8 or 9) as a core unit and may select the other as a specialist unit

The four specialist units for the Diploma can be taken from the following:

10. Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
11. Sports Nutrition
12. Sport & Society
13. Leadership in Sport
14. Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
15. Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
16. Exercise for Specific groups
17. Psychology for Sports performance
18. Sports Injuries
19. Analysis of Sports Performance
20. Talent Identification and Development
21. Sport and Exercise Massage
22. Rules, regulations and officiating
23. Organising Sports Events
24. Working with Children in Sport
25. Sport as a Business
26. Work based Experience in Sport


The course is continually assessed via presentations, projects, posters and performing in a variety of roles. There are no external examinations on this course.

Career Opportunities:

This course is designed for students wanting to pursue a career within the sports industry such as: opportunities in health and fitness, sport and recreation and the outdoors e.g sports scientist, exercise physiologist, bio-mechanist, sports psychologist, sports medicine, injury treatment, sports dietician, coaching and fitness, sports attendant, fitness instructor, PE teacher, sports coach, sports development officer, sports centre management, professional sports performer, sports promotion, sports ground facility worker or instructors.

Many of our students go onto university to study sports-related courses.