BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (Triple A level)
5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including English.
Preferably a GCSE grade 4 or above in PE or BTEC Level 2 Merit.
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 Diploma is the equivalent to three A Level qualifications and requires the completion of 10 mandatory and 4 optional units of work relating to the field of sport and the leisure industry.
The mandatory units are as follows;
Unit 1, 2, 19 and 22 are externally assessed written exam papers which are set and marked by Pearson
The proposed optional units are listed below;
In Year 1 Units 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 19 and 22 will be completed.
In Year 2 Units 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 23 and 25 will be completed.
Assessment of the qualification
The National Extended 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.
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 19 – Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity which is assessed in 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 final 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 10 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 its A Level equivalent are shown below.
*Please note that students can also complete a single a-level equivalent