BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport (Single A level)
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.
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;
Units 1 and 2 are externally assessed, written exam papers which are set and marked by Pearson
The optional unit is listed below;
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.
*Please note that students can also complete a double a-level equivalent