BTEC Sports offers pupils a vocational experience where they can experience a wide foundation of sport and cover all aspects of the sports industry.

“Sport is human life in microcosm.”

Howard Cosell 

Are you interested in sport and how it is impacted upon by performance, fitness and lifestyle? If the answer is yes, then this course will enable you to explore coaching techniques, develop analysis and observation of sports performance, investigate lifestyles of athletes and is aimed at learners looking to progress in this sector.

Entry requirements

Please see general entry requirements for automatic entry onto Level 3 courses. Students will be assessed as a performer or coach in both qualifications in one activity and should therefore be regularly participating in physical activity/sport.

Course description

The BTEC course is a two year commitment and will include both practical and theory lessons. Pupils will be set assignments to complete and will receive plenty of feedback on how to improve throughout the course. This qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level. You will study four units of which three are mandatory and two are externally assessed.

You will study a range of sport related topics including core units:

  • Anatomy and Physiology – This comes in the form of a written exam set and marked externally. Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. (Externally assessed)
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being – Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and wellbeing.  (Internally assessed)
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry – Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities. (Externally assessed)
  • Application of Fitness Testing and Training – Learners gain an understanding of the requirements of fitness testing and learn how to safely conduct a range of fitness tests for different components of fitness. (Internally assessed)

The course offers learners the opportunity to progress employability skills (cognitive and problem solving skills, intrapersonal and interpersonal skills), as well as allowing learners to develop transferable knowledge and skills for higher education.

Exam board

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport


Students will be assessed through a mixture of assignments, which are set and marked internally, a set task which is set and marked by the exam board and a written external exam,

Ways to help my child succeed

Reading around the unit is always of benefit to the work undertaken as is taking a wider interest in sport through reading newspapers, internet sites and the news. Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of sports coaching qualifications, sports leaders’ awards and a range of practical activities all of which will supplement the course.

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