BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport

Tom Shepherd
Head of Sport


Level 3, equivalent to 1 A Level.

Why should I study this subject?

If you studied GCSE PE or Level 2 BTEC Sport and you want to take your knowledge of the subject to a higher level, then this is the course for you. BTEC Sport allows you to study principles of anatomy, physiology and fitness. If you expect to develop skills in explaining and analysing sporting performance then you are choosing the correct course. There are some aspects of practical sport, and an increased responsibility is placed upon you as a coach, leader, performer and referee.

Studying this course allows you to keep your options open before deciding to specialise in one subject area. This qualification is equivalent in UCAS points to A-Level PE. If you prefer coursework to exams and you can meet deadlines then BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport is the choice for you.

What will I study?

Year 12:

Anatomy and Physiology,

Physiology of Fitness,

Assessing Risk in Sport,

Principles of Fitness Testing.

Year 13:

In Year 13 you have a choice to guide you towards Higher Education’ either ‘Sports Science Route’ or ‘Sports

Coaching route’.

Sports Science Route, Leadership in Sport, Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology.

Sports Coaching Route, Instructing PE, Sports Coaching, Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise.

What are the entry requirements?

Level 4 in English Language, C in Science and C in PE (if studied).

What skills do I need?

  • Passion for sport and exercise
  • Dedication to self improvement
  • Punctual and being a good attender
  • Being hard working
  • Being organised
  • An ability to meet deadlines


How will I be taught?

You will attend three 90 minute classroom lessons each week. These will include taught content, learning activities and time set aside to complete portfolio work.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by marking your completed portfolio of work and awarding Pass, Merit or Distinction for every unit. The maximum grade is Distinction star.

What will the course prepare me for?

Progression to HNC Sport Science, BA (hons) or BSc (hons) Sports courses.

This course gives a flavour of degree courses and introduces basic concepts that will be studied in greater depth at university or HNC level.

How much private study should I expect to do?

Each week includes 4.5 hours per week in class study. We expect 4.5 hours outside lessons to update and improve your classwork.

What materials will I need to purchase?

BTEC level 3 Sport textbook Book 1 and Book 2. (Both desirable rather than essential, but they support every unit for 2 years.)

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you can meet deadlines and you are a 100% attender.

This subject is not for you if…
If you prefer exams and want marks awarded for your practical performance.

“Fantastic support from all members of staff! Really enjoyable course.”
Emily Prince, King’s High School