BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate or Diploma in Sport
Examination Board: Pearson
Course Leader: Mr R Myhill
Course Contact:

BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport

What will I study?

Four units, of which three are mandatory and two are externally set units.

Mandatory Units:

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology (externally assessed)
  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (externally assessed)
  • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Optional Units:
  • Unit 4: Sports Leadership
  • Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing
  • Unit 6: Sports Psychology
  • Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance

Entry requirement

Students should have achieved a Merit in Level 2 BTEC in Sport, Grade 5 or above in GCSE PE.


Units will be assessed through one of three methods:

Assignment - Set and marked internally by Thomas Gainsborough School, then a sample will be sent to the exam board for standardising.

Task - Set and marked by Pearson, the exam board.

Written Exam - Set and marked by Pearson, the exam board.

Where Next?

This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment after further study at university. However, it also supports learners who choose to progress directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give learners an advantage in applying for a range of entry level roles or ‘school leaver’ industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as sport and fitness training, coaching, and sports performance research.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant sports and sport-related courses, for example: FDA Sports Science, HND Sport and Exercise Sciences. Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

BTEC National Level 3 Diploma in Sport

What Will I Study?

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport is intended as an Applied General qualification, equivalent in size to two A levels. It has been designed as part of a two-year programme, normally in conjunction with one or more qualifications at Level 3. This qualification is aimed at learners looking to progress to higher education in this sector.

The course will consist of nine units of which six are mandatory and three are external. We will be covering a wide variety of units across many subject areas in Sport. The three external mandatory units will involve understanding the Anatomy and Physiology of the human body, fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being, and investigating business in the sport and active leisure industry. Within these units, you will be expected to learn the content and apply this knowledge to a traditional exam style paper. The remaining three mandatory units will require you to understand skill acquisition in sport, professional development in the sports industry and sports leadership. Once you have understood this content, you will be required to apply this to a written assignment, which will be marked internally.

From the remaining three units, you will learn about a variety of other areas in sport, for example, sports psychology, practical sports performance and sport event organising, to name a few. These will also be assessed in an assignment form which is marked internally.

Where Next?

Sport and leisure industry, for example, sports centre manager, gym instructor, coaching, leisure assistant.

Higher education courses, for example, attending university and studying courses like Sports Science, Hons Sports Coaching, Sports Psychology, Teacher of Physical Education (QTS), Strength and Conditioning, Sports Media, Sports Journalism.

Department Staff

Miss C Bryan Teacher of PE Contact
Mr R Myhill Head of PE Contact
Miss K Young Teacher of PE Contact