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Sport (Certificate)


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport (Single A level)


Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 4 or above including English.

Preferably a GCSE grade 4 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.

Exam Board


Content relating to the subject qualification

The National Extended Certificate is the equivalent to one A Level qualification and requires the completion of 3 mandatory units and 1 optional unit of work relating to the field of sport and the leisure industry.

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.


Units 1 and 2 are externally assessed, written exam papers which are set and marked by Pearson


The optional unit is listed below;


  • Unit 5 - Application of Fitness Testing


In Year 1 Units 1 and 2 will be completed.

In Year 2 Units 3 and 5 will be completed.


Assessment of the qualification


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 January of Year 12 and students are allowed two re-sit opportunities only.

The second externally assessed unit is Unit 2 – Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being which is assessed in a 2.5-hour exam. Students are given four hours to complete independent research based on a case study they will have received one week prior to the exam.

The remaining 2 units 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 its A Level equivalent are shown below.


BTEC Grade

Equivalent A Level Grade

UCAS Points from 2017

P (Pass)



M (Merit)



D (Distinction)



D* (Distinction*)





*Please note that students can also complete a double a-level equivalent


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



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