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The BTEC National Diploma and Extended Diploma in Sport (Development Coaching and Fitness) provides a specialist work related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector.

Both will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and investigate a wide range of concepts, from the sociological and psychological, to the nutritional aspects of sport. You will learn inside and outside of the classroom with many units involving practical delivery to explain theoretical information, ensuring the course is engaging and relevant to real life situations.

Course Content

What Will I Study?

Your course will be split into units; if you choose the BTEC Subsidiary you will study 6 units; the BTEC Diploma you will study 12 units and the BTEC Extended Diploma you will study 18 units. Your coursework will vary from unit to unit; units such as Anatomy & Physiology are theoretical and are assessed by written assignments. You will also study more practical units such as Sports Coaching which are assessed through your ability to plan and lead coaching sessions. Other units of study include Nutrition for Sport, Fitness Training & Programming and Analysis of Sports Performance.

You will also complete a Work Experience unit in which you will learn skills such as writing CVs and letters of application and interview techniques. These are all skills which are highly relevant to your future whether you apply for a job or for university. This unit also gives you the opportunity to complete a work placement in a sport-related occupation.


Year 12 Course Content (AS Level where applicable pre-reform) Year 1 – Equivalent to 1 A-Level-Subsidiary Diploma, 7 Units = 60 Credits

Unit 1 – Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
Unit 2 – Physiology of Fitness
Unit 3 – Assessing Risk in Sport
Unit 4 – Fitness Training and Programming
Unit 5 – Sports Coaching
Unit 7 – Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
Unit 8 – Practical Team Sports

Year 13 Course Content (A Level where applicable pre-reform) Year 2 – Equivalent to 2 A-Levels- Diploma, 6 Units = 60 Credits

Unit 11 – Sports Nutrition
Unit 17 – Psychology for Sports Performance
Unit 18 – Sports Injuries
Unit 22 – Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
Unit 27 – Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
Unit 28 – The Athletes Lifestyle

Year 2 – Equivalent to 3 A-Levels- Extended Diploma, 6 Units = 60 Credits

Unit 12 – Current Issues in Sport
Unit 14 – Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
Unit 15 – Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
Unit 19 – Analysis of Sports Performance
Unit 23 – Organising Sports Events
Unit 24 – Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE A-C grades or equivalent. These should include either a Merit Grade in BTEC First Sport or at least a grade D in GCSE PE . The course is suitable for learners who are motivated to pursue a career in the Sports Industry.


The course is 100% coursework; there will be no exams throughout the course. Also there will be no accreditation or marks awarded for practical sporting ability, the course is based solely around knowledge and understanding and the ability to portray this. Each unit of work will include an assignment split into measurable tasks for learners to complete. The nature of these tasks will be flexible in order to meet the needs of a variety of learners and learning styles e.g. learners may produce a presentation or video evidence to meet the assignment criteria, therefore engaging learners with interesting and innovative projects and tasks.

Financial Information

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.

–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.

–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.


Future Opportunities

The BTEC Sport course has recognised UCAS points allocated to it and is therefore recognised by universities for degree courses such as teaching, sports science, coaching, physiotherapy & leisure management, to name just a few. If you decide not to go to university, the BTEC Sport courses provide employment routes into a number of areas such as the armed forces, police, sport and leisure industry and other health fields.

Further Information

Why should I study BTEC Sport?

This is a course which is perfect for those who love everything about sport. If you love playing it, reading about it and watching it then Ossett Academy BTEC Sport is the course for you. It’s a course for those who want to study with like-minded students and be taught by teachers who love sport too.

If you choose to study on one of the Level 3 BTEC courses you will be supported by a team of enthusiastic, dedicated and approachable teachers throughout all stages of your course and will be encouraged to strive for the best that you can achieve in all units.

What is BTEC Sport?

Level 3 BTEC Sport courses are vocational programmes which means that they are tailored towards students who are aiming for a career in a sport-related field, either immediately following college or after going to university.

You must have a keen interest in sport. The course will require a degree of sporting knowledge and learners with a sporting background will find this beneficial. However as mentioned, practical ability in sport is not a necessity. Due to the nature of assessment, independent research and study skills will help when completing tasks.

For students who study this course, every attempt will be made to involve as much learning outside the classroom as possible. This may include visits to professional sporting clubs or organisations.

If you require further information please contact: 

The BTEC Sport Co-ordinator: