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BTEC National Certificate in Sport

Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A-level)

2 years

During this course, you’ll develop knowledge and understanding of the physiological and fitness requirements when performing in sport and exercise.

You’ll develop skills and techniques to build your coaching knowledge, as well as the ability to analyse and assess risk involved when planning and staging physical activities. Most of your learning will take place in our indoor and outdoor sports facilities, but you may also go off-site for particular activities.

BTEC Sport is a vocational qualification.  This means that it has been designed to be more directly career related than PE A-level.  Assessment is through a combination of exams and assignments. The assignments set will relate to a particular scenario from the sporting profession.  This continual assessment can be an attractive proposition, but only if students are very good at meeting deadlines and producing their best work throughout the whole two years of the course.  

UCAS points are awarded on successful completion of the course, so if a sports-related degree at university is your next step, this course is for you.

This subject is for you if:

You enjoy a range of aspects of sport - practical activities (participation, coaching) as well as the application of theory. You’ll be keen to develop your knowledge of sport and to understand and appreciate the physiological fitness requirements of various sports.


1. Anatomy and physiology, 1 ½ hour exam

2. Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being, 2 ½ hour written assessment

3. Professional development in the sports industry, assignments

4. Practical performance, assignments

Assignments are set approximately every 2 weeks and all contribute to the final grade.  They are marked at the following levels - Pass, Merit and Distinction.