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BTEC Sport

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sports Performance and Coaching

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C or above including English. 

Preferably a GCSE grade C or above in PE or BTEC Level 2 Pass. 

Students should have a high level of interest in sport/physical activity and ideally be an active participant.

Course Content

The National Diploma is the equivalent to two A Level qualifications and   requires the completion of 7 mandatory and 3 optional units of work relating to the field of sports performance and coaching. 

The mandatory units are as follows; 

  • 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 4 - Sports Leadership 

  • Unit 6 - Sports Psychology 

  • Unit 8 - Coaching for Performance 

  • Unit 28 - Sports Performance Analysis 

The proposed optional units are listed below; 

  • Unit 5 - Application of Fitness Testing 

  • Unit 7 - Practical Sports Performance 

  • Unit 25 - Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport   

In Year 1 Units 1, 2, 5, 4 and 7 will be completed. 

In Year 2 Units 3, 6, 8, 25 and 28 will be completed.

Assessment

The National Diploma is mainly assessed internally through the completion of coursework.  

There are two units that are externally assessed. Unit 1 – Anatomy and Physiology is assessed through a 90 minute exam. The first opportunity to sit this is in June 2017 and students are allowed one re-sit only. 

The second externally assessed unit is Unit 2 – Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being which is assessed in two one-hour supervised assessments after a two week research period. 

The remaining 8 units that are internally assessed may also be required for external verification of marking. 

Each unit of work will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction and the final grade will be calculated based on the accumulation of these grades. The final grade awarded and it’s A Level equivalent are shown below. 

BTEC Grade 

Equivalent A Level Grade 

UCAS Points 

UCAS Points from 2017 

PP (Pass/Pass) 

EE 

80 

32 

PM (Pass/Merit) 

DD 

120 

48 

MM (Merit/Merit) 

CC 

160 

64 

DM (Distinction/Merit) 

BB 

200 

80 

DD (Distinction/Distinction) 

AA 

240 

96 

D*D (Distinction*/Distinction) 

A*A 

260 

104 

D*D* (Distinction*/Distinction*) 

A*A* 

280 

112 

Career Pathways

Entry into university to study:

  • Sports Science 

  • Sports Coaching 

  • Sport and Physical Education 

  • Fitness Management and Training 

  • Elite sports performance. 

  • Assistant performance analyst 

  • Technical scout 

  • Community coaching roles 

  • Coaching roles within specific sports 

  • Development coordinator

Extra-Curricular

There may be opportunities to work with local sports coaching companies, sports industry professionals, Canterbury Christchurch and University of Kent. Possibly professional sports teams.