Sport BTEC Level 3

Course Overview

A coursework based subject that provides an introduction for learners interested in careers in the sport and physical activity industry.  These include careers in teaching, coaching and leadership, exercise and fitness, sports development and the outdoors.

The BTEC helps to develop knowledge, understanding, experience and skills that you need to prepare yourself for employment, including time management, organisation and leadership.

Studying BTEC Sport is an excellent way to combine both practical and theoretical aspects of sport, hands on experience of lesson planning, coaching and fitness testing. 

The assessment is predominantly coursework based, marked at pass, merit or distinction level. When all units have been completed, students obtain an overall grade equivalent to two (Diploma) or three (extended diploma) A levels.

The Extended Diploma is a full-time programme, equivalent to 3 A Levels, and is recognised by universities as such.

The Diploma is equivalent to 2 A Levels and can be combined with another A level or equivalent to make up a full-time programme.

13 Units for National Diploma in Sport

19 Units for the Extended Diploma


  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

  • The Physiology of Fitness

  • Assessing Risk in Sport

  • Fitness Training and Programming

  • Sports Coaching

  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

  • Sports Nutrition

  • Psychology for Sports Performance

  • Sports Injuries

  • Analysis of Sports Performance

  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

  • Technical & Tactical Skills in Sport

  • The Athletes Lifestyle


  • Current Issues in Sport

  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle

  • Instructing Physical Activity

  • Talent Identification & Development in Sport

  • Sports and Exercise Massage

  • Organising Sports Events

2 External Exams

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing

2 Controlled Conditions, Case Study Based Assignments

  • Development and Provision of Sport

  • Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure industry

Students who are successful and achieve their potential with this qualification gain access to:

  • University courses in teaching, sport science and psychology

  • Further training with apprenticeships

  • Employment within the sporting sector - coaching and personal training

The course provides the essential skills and background for many careers, including Physiotherapy, Sports Development, Sports Coaching, Personal Training, Sport Journalism and the Fitness and Leisure Industry.

5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 including grade 5 in English, Maths and PE or a Merit in Sport Studies.

In addition an active interest in sport involvement within the PE department, extra-curricular involvement in a sport or related work experience would be an advantage.