Why choose this subject?

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport is equivalent to one A Level. There are 360 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completion of the qualification. Lessons will be a mixture of practical and classroom based theory lessons.

How will this subject be delivered?

Throughout the two year course students undertake four units of work. Three of these units are mandatory:
• Anatomy and physiology
• Fitness training and programming for health, sport and wellbeing
• Professional development in the sports industry

Students take one further optional unit from the following list:
• Application of fitness testing and training
• Sports psychology
• Practical sports performance

How is it assessed?

One unit is assessed as a written exam and one is assessed as a task, both of which are marked externally by the exam board. The remaining two units will be assessed using assignments (coursework tasks) which are set and marked internally at school.

Subject specific entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grades 5-9.


The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning.

The new BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport contains an exciting range of units which are flexible for today’s learners, whilst also ensuring BTEC learners develop the skills they need to ‘hit the ground running’ when they move on to the next stage of their lives, whether that’s into higher education or employment. The course is suitable for those wanting to go into a sporting career such as PE teaching, coaching, sports nutrition or sports psychologist.

Additional costs

There may be additional costs associated with this course.