What is this subject about?

A BTEC Sports Coaching and Development qualification is a stimulating and challenging course for students wishing to progress to higher education or pursue a career in sport and recreation.

Both courses are two years and are nationally recognised, vocational qualifications. They are an ideal platform for students wanting to begin building the foundations for a career in the sports industry.  E.g. Sport scientist, sport psychologist, sports coaching and sports development.

The BTEC National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level and the National Diploma is equivalent to two A Levels.

What will I study?

Both courses are designed to develop knowledge and practical skills in the broad field of sport, leisure and fitness.  

Examples of the units studied by both courses over the two years include: Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry; Health, Wellbeing and Sport; Developing Coaching Skills.  The BTEC National Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels) includes additional units on Sport Development; Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity.

Learning for both BTEC courses is based on theoretical and practical sessions, which link current theoretical concepts to applied settings. Students will engage in class-cased activities, participation in practical activity, lead coaching sessions, individual and group research and learn from visiting speakers and personal experiences.  

How is the course assessed?

Both the BTEC National Extended Certificate and BTEC National Diploma consist of 100% coursework, which consists of written assignments, presentations, practical assessments and work experience. 

What skills will I need and develop on this course?

Students feel that this course provides them with a wealth of skills for life and builds the confidence needed to pursue employment or higher education. You will be encouraged to develop a range of skills including research methods, delivering a presentation, portfolio building, time management and various practical skills.


What can the course lead to in terms of higher education and future careers?

Many students progress to study sport-related degrees at university, including sports science, teaching, sports psychology, sports studies and sports coaching. Equally, students may choose to go straight on to employment within the broad spectrum of sport-related jobs.

Entry Requirements

What are the formal entry requirements for this course?

Aside from the general entry criteria that the College requires, an interest in coaching is prefable and Grade 4 or above in GCSE PE (if studied).

Extra Support

What extra support/enrichment activities are on offer?

The department runs a wide range of visits directly related to the core content of the units studied. These will include local leisure facilities such as St Mary’s University Twickenham, Wimbledon Tennis Club, Chelsea FC, Twickenham Rugby Stadium amongst others.

Subject combination advice

Subject combination advice:

BTEC Sports Coaching and Development combines well with most subjects, including IT, Business Studies and Psychology due to the various units studied. BTEC Sports Coaching and Development can be taken in combination with A Level PE as there is no link with the units covered in the A Level Physical Education specification.