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Sport BTEC Certificate-Extended Certificate - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)

A-level equivalent
Course Code:
North Devon Campus
Two years

The BTEC Certificate / Extended Certificate in sport is designed for students who wish to study sport along side other subjects. The course is the equivalent to, and generates the same UCAS points as, a full A level. It is vocationally based which means you will study and be assessed in a variety of ways. You will need to have an enthusiasm for sport, both theoretically and practically.

For students who enjoy all aspects of sport. You will be working towards improving your academic knowledge, physical fitness, leadership and coaching skills. Students will be expected to take part in maximal fitness tests, a variety of sports and physical activities.


You will study sport specific units over two years covering a range of topics.

Year 1:
Unit 1 - Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
The key areas for this unit explore the structure and function of the 5 different body systems that allow us to perform as athletes. You will learn about the different bones of the skeleton, the different types of joints, the sliding filament theory, the different types of muscle and muscle fibres, the structure of the heart and blood vessels, the mechanics of breathing, the role of Adenosine Triphosphate and its production via the three different energy systems.
Learners will focus on the acute and long term effects of physical activity on the body.
Learners will have the chance to investigate the effects of exercise on each of the body systems by taking part in practical activities and conducting physiological tests to help see for themselves, how each of these react. This will involve taking part in maximal fitness tests. You will be assessed in this unit by an externally set exam.

Unit 7 - Practical Sports Performance.
As the title suggests this unit will be based around performing, analysing and reviewing performance. Students will have to demonstrate their technical ability, tactical awareness and knowledge of rules for specific sports. This will be assessed by video evidence, practical assignments and reflective analysis.

Year 2:
Unit 2 - Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing.
This unit covers a range of areas with a key focus on developing an individuals health, fitness and well-being. Fitness and health tests will be performed on clients with a focus on interpretation data and making recommendation on the results found. This involves health screening, providing lifestyle recommendations and planning a training programme for a designated client. The assessment is carried out using an externally set assignment, and performed under exam conditions.

Unit 3 - Professional Development in the Sports Industry.
Learners investigate the sports industry, employment opportunities and careers on offer in this area. There is a chance to look into future careers with a focus on how learners might take the next steps. There is also a focus on writing a CV, completing job applications and taking part in interview processes. It also covers the responsibilities and roles that need to be developed for someone looking to work in the sports industry. This unit is assessed using coursework assignments.
This course will be assessed through a combination of examination and assignment work, presentations and one to one interviews.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

Having taken GCSE PE is an advantage but not essential. A good understanding of Biology will also be an advantage, and we recommend you have a 4/5 or above in a related science subject. Regular participation in sport is also required and you will be expected to develop your skills either in one of our sports performance academies or outside of the college environment.
You will be able to study sports at higher education level. Learners often go onto sports coaching, sport science or Physical Education careers with this qualification.
You will be working in both a theoretical and practical manner and therefore will find yourself in the gym and sports hall as much as the classroom.
Please bring your PE kit, a packed lunch and drink as we may begin with practical elements of the course.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01271 852422 for more information.
Q: I was looking at studying an A-Level in Sport but this is a BTEC, does this make a difference?
A: This qualification is the equivalent to a full A-Level qualification over two years, and is recognised as such by Higher Education establishments. The difference is that you are graded in Pass, Merit and Distinction and Distinction* - all being equivalent to an level grade e.g. Distinction = A grade.
Sport BTEC Certificate-Extended Certificate - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)
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