BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

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This is a two year full time course for anyone with a serious desire to have a career in sport, health and fitness, sports coaching or sports and exercise rehabilitation. This is both a theoretical and practical based course which gives you opportunity to explore a diverse range of subjects in sport. This is intended as an Applied General qualification, the equivalent of 3 A-Level’s and cannot be studied with other A Levels. Students who are good at biology/physical education will do very well on this course.

This course not only teaches you the theory behind sport, but will help you develop a real life understanding of the subject and develop great practical skills that will stand you in good stead for university or your future career. Work experience, coaching in schools, outdoor adventurous activities, sports and exercise massage and representative sports teams are just some of the additional features of our successful course.

Entry Requirements – 5 GCSE’s at 4 or above including English and Maths and either a 5 in PE or a 5 in a Science.

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This qualification is best suited for learners who wish to study a sports and exercise degree at university (or other sports related course).

Course Structure

You will study the following 14 units over the two year course:

Mandatory Units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Development and Provision of Sports and Physical Activity
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport

Optional Units (students will study 4 modules):

  • Sports Massage.
  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Work Experience in Active Leisure
  • Principles and Practices for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

There are 4 externally assessed units all other units are internally assessed via coursework which could be in the form of presentations, written reports, role plays, practical coaching sessions or observations.


Past students who have studied for a National Extended Diploma in Sport at Bilborough have progressed to:-

  • BSc Sports and Exercise Science
  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BA Sports Psychology
  • BSc Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • BSc Sports Coaching
  • BSc Sports Therapy
  • Apprenticeships/Employment