What is this subject about?

This is a stimulating and challenging, nationally recognised, vocational qualification for students wishing to progress to higher education or pursue a career in sport and recreation. This is a two year course. The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one full A Level and the National Diploma is equivalent to two full A Levels.

What will I study?

This course is designed to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the broad field of sports, coaching and fitness. Examples of the units studied for the Extended Certificate over the two years include: Fitness Training and Programming, Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry.

Students opting to take the National Diploma will study units such as Fitness Training and Programming, Investigating Business in Sport, and Leadership in Sport, in addition to those units studied for the Extended Certificate. Learning is largely theory-based, linking the teaching and study to current and relevant practical sporting settings.

Students will acquire knowledge and skills through teacher-delivered lessons and tutorials, practical lessons, individual and group research projects, visiting speakers, and personal experience.

How is the course assessed?

For the National diploma, assessment over the two years consists of 9 units, 6 internally assessed coursework based units and 3 externally assessed units in the form of written exams and externally assessed assignments. For the Extended Certificate assessment over the two years is 40% coursework related, consisting of written assignments, presentations and practical assessments, and 60% examination based comprising of 2 written exams, one of which is a seen paper.

What skills will I need and develop in 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 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?

Practical sporting ability is required and you should have five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including PE and/or Science.

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, and High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, amongst others. Students may also complete the Community Sports Leaders Award, as well as other NGB qualifications, which includes a nationally recognised first aid qualification.

Subject combination advice

Subject combination advice:

It is recommended that BTEC Sport is not done in combination with A Level PE as there is a close link with the units covered in the A Level Physical Education specification; this is particularly relevant in the case of students who opt for the full Diploma.