BTEC – Extended Certificate in Sport

Exam board: Pearson – National Extended Certificate

Curriculum Content in each year: There are three mandatory units of learning: (1) Anatomy and Physiology; (2) Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing; and (3) Professional Development in the Sports Industry. Furthermore, you can also choose to study the following optional units: Sports Leadership; Application of Fitness Testing; Sport Psychology; and Practical Sports Performance.

How it will be taught: If you studied GCSE P.E, this course we be studied in a similar format where the majority of the lessons will be sports science theory lessons taught in a science classroom. Additionally, the remainder of the lessons will be split between completion of your coursework assignments and improving your physical ability in a range of new and exciting sports that will be taught at FP2 and at external facilities include Warwick University’s climbing wall.

Assessment: There are three types of assessment within the course: formal tests in exam conditions, controlled coursework in monitored conditions, and practical performance. This means students have the opportunity to aim for maximum marks in three different disciplines which caters for all students’ learning styles allowing them to excel.

Specific entry requirements: All students who choose to study this course must have an active interest in sports science and play at least one sport at club level. Both of these elements are vital for success in BTEC Sport. Having already studied GCSE P.E. would be beneficial but is not a requirement of taking this course. Specifically, students who have achieved at least 4 grade 4 GCSEs and a minimum of a level 5 in GCSE P.E (if applicable) will be able to choose to study this course.

Future opportunities: This course is heavily reliant on scientific study so could lead you onto several career pathways. The first is to choose to study sport at degree level. Potential sports degree courses are: Sport Science, Sports Journalism, Sport and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Sport Psychologist, Nutritionist, Sport Technology, Strength and Conditioning, P.E Teaching, and Sport and Leisure Management.

Conversely, the anatomy and physiology units in this course would be highly beneficial when applying to study to be a doctor, nurse or dentist. Lastly, students who have chosen to study BTEC sport have also gone into public service in the military or emergency services. All public services and universities regard BTEC sport as a substantial course where students have had to show they are well rounded individuals to succeed at this course.


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