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Sport Diploma

Subject

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport.

 

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including English.

Preferably grade 4 or above in GCSE 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

Pearson/Edexcel

Content relating to the subject qualification

The National Diploma is the equivalent to two A Level qualifications and   requires the completion of 6 mandatory and 3 optional units 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.
  • Unit 4 - Sports Leadership
  • Unit 22 – Investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry
  • Unit 23 – Skill acquisition in sport

 

Unit 1, 2 and 22 are externally assessed written exam papers which are set and marked by Pearson

 

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, 22, 4 and 7 will be completed.

In Year 2 Units 3, 5, 23, and 25 will be completed.

 

Assessment of the qualification

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

 

There are three 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 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 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 third externally assessed unit is Unit 22 – Investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry which is assessed in a 3 hour exam. Students are given 6 hours to complete independent research based on a case study they will have received two weeks prior to the exam.

 

The remaining 6 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 from 2017

PP (Pass/Pass)

EE

32

PM (Pass/Merit)

DD

48

MM (Merit/Merit)

CC

64

DM (Distinction/Merit)

BB

80

DD (Distinction/Distinction)

AA

96

D*D (Distinction*/Distinction)

A*A

104

D*D* (Distinction*/Distinction*)

A*A*

112

 

 

*Please note that students can also complete a single 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
  • 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.