BTEC Sport

Qualification: BTEC and other level 3 Courses

Awarding Body:
Length of Course:
2 Years

Course content and Examination Requirements

The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport is a qualification for learners who have a keen interest in sport and physical activity and want to continue their education through applied learning.  It is for learners who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately employment in the sport sector. The full qualification is the equivalent to one A Level and it combines well with a large number of subjects, especially biology.  It supports entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines.  It is a modular qualification which is assessed through coursework based work and external examinations, with 50% of the course being assessed at the end of year 1, allowing learners to achieve the National Certificate qualification by the end of year 12. (0.5 A Level).

The content of the course covers anatomy and physiology, fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being, professional development in the sports industry and practical sports performance.

What will I study?

There are three mandatory units, one internal and two external.


Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology (External)

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (External)

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry (Internal)


Learners will also study one unit from a range which has been designed to support choices in progression to sport courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational areas.  The optional unit will be Practical Sports Performance.


Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

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How it is


1.  Anatomy and Physiology 120 Mandatory External
2.  Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being 120 Mandatory & synoptic External
3.  Professional Development in the Sports Industry 60 Mandatory


7.  Practical Sports Performance 60 Optional (chosen by centre staff)



External Assessment

Unit Assessment Type Availability
Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
  • Written examination set and marked by Pearson.
  • 1.5 hours
  •  80 marks.

Jan and May/June

First assessment  May/June

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
  • In Part A, learners will be given a case study one week before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out preparation.
  • In Part B, the supervised assessment period is 2.5 hours as timetabled by Pearson.
  • Written submission.
  • 60 marks.

Dec/Jan and May/June

First assessment May/June


BTEC Sport Uniform

There is a uniform for BTEC Sport which can be purchased using this link:

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4, preferably including English and Mathematics, grade 5 in GCSE Biology or Science with evidence of commitment to school / club level sport. It is recommended that you have successfully studied GCSE or BTEC PE or an equivalent in Key Stage 4.

Further Information

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of study. It combines well with a large number of subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines.

There are tens of thousands of people who work in, and owe their living to sport. Through coaching and teaching, outdoor pursuits, professional sport podiatry, leisure management, sports medicine, sports development and sports coaching, sports psychology, sports physiology, sports massage, therapy and rehabilitation, sports dieticians, journalism, sports science, physiotherapy, public relations, administration and management – the world of sport offers a rich variety of interesting and rewarding career opportunities.