Sport BTEC

BTEC Sport Extended Certificate offers students a wide range of experiences based around the workplace and offers an insight into a range of careers in the sport industry. This course develops student’s confidence by offering a range of leadership opportunities as well as requiring independent learning in some units. These leadership opportunities are available within school or if the student takes part in sport outside of school, this too can be used as evidence towards the final outcome.

The qualification can be tailored to the individual with many optional units available. Students have enjoyed this course because it is very practical and allows students to specialise in their own chosen sports and link this to a chosen career pathway. Students have achieved some excellent grades in this qualification and have gone on to university or directly into employment upon completion.


BTEC Sport Extended Certificate

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Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5 or above in both maths and English. Grade 5 in GCSE PE or Distinction at BTEC Sport Level 2

Year 12

Unit 1: Applied anatomy and physiology – Advanced anatomy for Sporting performance (Development from GCSE PE and BTEC Sport)

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being – Developing training programs for self or individual performers in a scenario setting

Year 13

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry – Sports development, coaching and improvement for training and facilities in sport

4th Unit: Optional? From a selection including…

  • Unit 4 Sports Leadership
  • Unit 5 Application of Fitness Testing
  • Unit 6 Sports Psychology
  • Unit 7 Practical Sports Performance


The BTEC National in Sport Science consists of four units, one of which is an external exam based around the anatomy and physiology of the body in sport. The second unit is a externally set task that involves planning a training and fitness programme for a given individual. The final two remaining units are optional and could include: sport psychology, practical sport, sports coaching, sport nutrition, outdoor education or many others to choose from.

BTEC Sport has allowed me to feel good about myself! The teachers have been supportive in all circumstances, in and out of school.
Sarah Heeley, Year 12 student

Why study sport?

BTEC Sport is of particular value to those hoping to pursue careers in Coaching, Sports Management, Sport Psychology, Physiotherapy, Scientific Research, Personal Training and Gym Instructor Training, Sports Development, Sports Marketing, Event Management, Sport Science and Teaching

Aspects of the course helps you to understand the science behind your sport, enabling you to improve your performance.
Anna Pigford, Year 12 student