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Pearson/Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/Diploma in Sport

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This Level 3 Sport course covers the underpinning knowledge for the sport sector and supporting progression to employment or an apprenticeship in the sport sector or to a further year of study at Level 3. It supports progression to higher education if taken as part of a programme of study that includes other BTEC Nationals or A/AS Levels.

What will I study?

To achieve the qualification, you will need to complete all mandatory units plus 1 optional unit for the Extended Certificate and 3 optional units for the Foundation Diploma.

Mandatory units

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership

Optional units

  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Sports Psychology
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Sports Event Organisation
  • Research Project in Sport

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan
  • 19+

What are the entry requirements?

Extended Certificate

  • 4 GCSES Grades 4 and above / A-C, preferably including English Language and Maths. Each individual learner / grade profile will be reviewed for their suitability for the course.
  • Preferably a related qualification e.g. NCFE / BTEC Level 2 Sport qualifications.
  • A genuine interest in future careers in Sport Coaching / Sport Development or Higher Education studies in related fields.

Foundation Diploma

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grades 9–4 (A*–C) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths.
  • You can also gain a place by having a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and Maths GCSE grades 9–4 (A*–C).
  • A genuine interest in future careers in Sport Coaching / Sport Development / or Higher Education studies in related fields.

How will I be assessed?

Methods of assessment include observations, assignments, group, individual written tasks and examinations . A portfolio of evidence will be developed and units assessed at agreed points of the course. There are also work experience opportunities provided in assisting at Greenbank Sports Academy.

What could I progress to?

  • Further Level 3 qualification
  • Apprenticeship
  • Employment / volunteering

When does the course start?

September 2021

What is a Study Programme?

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24, declare a disability and have an EHC Plan this course will form part of your study programme.

The programme also includes:

  • English & Maths
  • Citizenship & Employability
  • Work Experience or Placement
  • Enrichment
  • 1-to-1 Personal Tutor Sessions

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How much will the course cost?

Courses are free for all students aged 16 – 18 (or up to 24 if you declare a disability and have an Education, Health & Care Plan).

For people aged 19+ the course fees are:
Extended Certificate – £2225*
Foundation Diploma – £2882*

You may be eligible for fee remission. See Money Matters for details.

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*Fee quoted is for September 2020.