The knowledge, understanding and skills learned in studying a BTEC First will aid progression to further study and, in due course, prepare learners to enter the workplace. These qualifications are intended primarily for learners in the 14–16 age group, but may also be used by other learners who wish to gain an introductory understanding of a vocational area. There is a clear progression route to a Level 3 course or Apprenticeship.

BTECs are vocationally related qualifications, where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in a work-related context. The qualifications are popular and effective because they enable learners to take responsibility for their own learning and to develop skills that are essential for the modern-day workplace. These skills include: teamworking, working from a prescribed brief, working to deadlines, presenting information effectively, accurately completing administrative tasks and processes. BTEC Firsts motivate learners, and open doors to progression to further study and responsibility in the workplace.

Why choose the BTEC First Award in Sport?

  • Accessible to all learners.
  • Coursework focussed (Resit opportunities)
  • Online exam (Resit opportunity)
  • Control over the direction of your learning (Optional Units)


  • L2 Distinction* (A*)
  • L2 Distinction (A)
  • L2 Merit (B)
  • L2 Pass (C)
  • Level 1 Pass

Course Format

Year 10

(M) Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (Online exam)

(M) Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport (Coursework)

Year 11

(M) Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training (Synoptic coursework)


(O) Unit 4: The Mind and Sports Performance

(O) Unit 5: The Sports Performer in Action

(O) Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities

Courses at Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care

These qualifications are designed to equip learners with the skills to work in any Health or Social Care environment. It is suitable for pupils who are interested in learning about the health and social care sector as part of a balanced programme of study. This course would be equivalent to one third of a programme.  The qualification is equivalent in size to 1 A Level.

Skills developed in this subject, seen as desirable by employers are:

  • Cognitive and problem solving skills
  • Intrapersonal skills
  • Interpersonal skills

Topics covered are:

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Supporting Individuals with additional needs

Assessment is through an external examination and a series of coursework tasks.

Suggested subject combinations for this subject are:

  • A Level Biology and Psychology leading to B Sc (Hons) Nursing
  • A Level in English and History leads to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education
  • BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Play and Development leads to a B Sc in Social Work
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport leads to a Foundation Degree in Sports Studies and Development


The Level 3 BTEC Sport is a natural progression from GCSE Physical Education or BTEC First Level 1/2 Sport and is offered through 3 programmes of study:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport – Equivalent to 1 A-Level
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport – Equivalent to 2 A-Levels
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport – Equivalent to 3 A-Levels

The BTEC Level 3 in Sports provides a broad basis of study of the sport sector. You will study the physiological, psychological, and leadership elements of sports and have opportunities for work experience and the exploration of the business and performance sides of sport and health organisations.

Possible units of study:

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology Unit 10: Sports Event Organisation Unit 24: Sports Performance Analysis
Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being Unit 11: Research Project in Sport Unit 25: Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry Unit 17: Sports Injury Management Unit 26: Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport
Unit 4: Sports Leadership Unit 18: Work Experience in Active Leisure Unit 27: Principles and Practices for OAA
Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing Unit 19: Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity Unit 28: Environmental Sustainability for OAA
Unit 6: Sports Psychology Unit 20: Leisure Management Unit 29: Exercise for Specific Groups
Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance Unit 21: Leisure Centre Operations Unit 30: Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
Unit 8: Coaching for Performance Unit 22: Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry Unit 31: Current Issues in Sport
Unit 9: Research Methods in Sport Unit 23: Skill Acquisition in Sport Unit 32: Sports Massage