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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 a Sport and Physical Education topic alongside other subjects. The course is the equivalent to, and generates the same UCAS points as, a full A level. You will need to have an enthusiasm for sport, both theoretically and practically.

For students who are considering a pathway related to sport. You will improve your academic knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology, Health, Training and Fitness as well as Practical Sport. The Professional Development Module gives you the chance to explore careers in Sport eg.Sport Psychology, Sports Massage and Rehabilitation, Sports Science, Nutrition, PE Teaching, and Sports Coaching and Analysis.


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

Year 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.

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:
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 dietary, lifestyle and training 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.

Professional Development in the Sports Industry.
Learners investigate the sports industry, employment opportunities and career pathways 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. It gives learners a clear insight into what a learner might progress onto and a clear pathway towards a successful Career in the Industry. There is also a focus on writing a CV, completing job applications and taking part in a job interview process, developing skills and giving experiences relevant to any future career pathway. 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. There is one Externally Assessed Module (Exam) in the First Year (Anatomy and Physiology) and one Externally Assessed Module in the Second Year (Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing).
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 a sport related course at Higher Education level. Learners often go onto sports coaching, sport science, physiotherapy or Physical Education careers with this qualification.
Some learners further their study at Petroc by doing a 3rd year Personal Training or Sports Massage Course, and others may choose the Foundation Degree in Sport, Health and Coaching at Petroc. The professional development module really does help learners think about the most suitable progression route for them.
You will be working in both a theoretical and practical manner and whilst many sessions are classroom based, you will find yourself in the sports hall for one session a week.
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 A level grade on the UCAS tariff system. e.g. Distinction = A grade. The Post 2016 BTEC now includes Exams as well as coursework, and this has brought it higher recognition within UCAS than in previous years.
Sport BTEC Certificate-Extended Certificate - Level 3 - Full-time (North Devon)
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