Course Outline

The new BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport is a two year course, equivalent to two A Levels. The course is suitable for students who wish to gain an insight into sport as an industry and as such offers a diverse curriculum of study. 

The course aims to provide a strong base of study specifically within the coaching and sport sector through a range of units. 

Btec sportThe following mandatory units allow students to concentrate on the development of their practical skills and the broad knowledge required for entrance into higher education programmes in sport: 

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology.

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry.

Unit 4: Sports Leadership.

Unit 22: Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure

Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport.

Students will also study the following units which have been designed to support progression into specific specialist areas:

Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing.

Unit 24: Sports Performance Analysis.

Unit 26: Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport

Entrance requirements and skills needed

picture-207.jpgStudents require a sound knowledge and interest in sport and sporting issues. To be successful, you will need to be highly organised and be able to consistently meet and achieve set deadlines throughout the two year course. Students should be able to work both independently and collaboratively, demonstrating a high quality of written communication. In addition, you will need to demonstrate good verbal communication, particularly when completing presentations.

Assessments - Pearson Btec National Qualification

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The units covered are assessed externally and internally, and include examinations, vocational tasks and assignments.

All units contribute proportionally to the overall qualification grade.

Unit 1 is assessed through a 1.5 hour written examination.

Unit 2 and 22 are assessed through a task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.

The remaining units are assessed internally through set assignments with work externally verified.


Why study National Diploma in Sport?

The new BTEC National Diploma in Sport has been specifically aimed at learners looking to progress to higher education in the sporting sector.

The course can:

  • Prepare students for a range of higher education courses and job roles related to the sporting industry, including fitness instructor, leisure and sports manager, PE teacher, physiotherapist, youth and community worker, coach or sports development officer.
  • Provide up-to-date industry knowledge, in addition to practical, research and behaviour skills required to succeed in higher education and in future careers.
  • Give learners transferable knowledge and skills which can enhance employability, including: interpersonal and practical thinking skills; effective teamwork; efficient time management and selfmanagement.

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