Sport (BTEC Level 3)


What Will I Study?

How Will I be Assessed?

What Next?

Suggested Reading

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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Examination Board



What Do I Need To Study This Course?

Entry requirements is a 5 at GCSE PE or a Merit L2 in BTEC Firsts in Sport and must have an interest in sport.

What Will I Study?

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance

How Will I Be Assessed?

4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%) and external assessment (67%).

Unit 3 and 7 will be internal coursework assessment and include theory and practical lessons.

What Next?

A broad basis of study for the sport sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

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 study. It combines well with a large number of subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines (depending on the subjects taken alongside). For learners who wish to study an aspect of sport in higher education, opportunities include:

  • BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business, if taken alongside A Levels in Business and Maths
  • BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology, if taken alongside a BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science and A Level in Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education, if taken alongside an A Level in English Language and a BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts
  • BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, if taken alongside a BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

Suggested Reading List

Pearson Learning Services provides a range of engaging resources to support BTEC Nationals, including:

  • textbooks in e-book and print formats
  • revision guides and revision workbooks in e-book and print formats
  • teaching and assessment packs, including e-learning materials via the Active Learn Digital Service.

Teaching and learning resources are also available from a number of other publishers. Details of Pearson’s own resources and of all endorsed resources can be found on Pearson website: