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Level 3

Sport BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma.


Equivalent to 3 A-level.

This course is an applied general qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress onto a range of routes, including higher education, apprenticeships and employment both here and abroad. Students will have the opportunity to develop practical, interpersonal and thinking skills that are vital for progression onto higher education, employment and apprenticeship opportunities, which put the student in a great position to develop as a person.

In year one students will study seven units that have a vocational (practical) context to develop industry relevant skills within the sports sector. This will be followed by a further seven units in the second year. This qualification fits perfectly alongside any additional Academy of Sport provision.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers, professional bodies, academics and Universities to ensure that it supports progression to positive progression routes.

The qualification gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the sport, health and active lifestyle sector to prepare them for their future careers.

In the first year (Foundation Diploma) students will study the following units;

• Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology (externally assessed unit)

• Unit 2: Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Well-being (externally assessed unit)

• Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

• Unit 4: Sports Leadership

• Unit 6: Sports Psychology

• Unit 7: Practical Sport

• Unit 9: Research Methods

From the knowledge gained in the first year, students will study the following in year two;

• Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing

• Unit 8: Coaching for Performance

• Unit 17: Sports Injury Management

• Unit 19: Development & Provision of Sport & Physical Activity (externally assessed unit)

• Unit 22: Investigating Business in Sport & the Active Leisure Industry (externally

• assessed unit)

• Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport

• Unit 32: Sports Massage

Therefore, over the two years of study, students will be completing 14 units of work, which will allow the students to develop skills to enhance their opportunities to progress into either higher education, apprenticeships or employment. Over the two years students will be expected to complete work experience placements to provide a deeper understanding of the world of work within the sports sector.

A range of teaching and learning styles are used during the course. Lessons are varied in their approach with group work, discussions, debate, practical activities, SMART technology and ICT.

To allow students to realise their full potential the course has practical aspects that bring the theory to life. The use of iPads and SMART technology allow students to access resources and applications at the swipe of a touch screen.

The majority of the course is continuously assessed therefore students must be highly organised with a positive work ethic to ensure full success. Our excellent teaching staff are always on hand to support students during this course to provide an environment for success and progression. This can be in the form of 1:1 or group subject support.


You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 4 in English Language or Maths.

Students need to have an interest and passion for sport and its different facets, particularly how sport affects performance in body, mind, health, fitness and nutrition. An interest and knowledge of a range of sports is desirable as well as current affairs in sport, which will allow students to understand the theory from their own knowledge and experiences.

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Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


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