Physical Education - BTEC Sport


The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport follows the Edexcel (Pearson) syllabus. BTEC Sport requires that over 2 years’ students study and are assessed in 4 different units which are:

BTEC Sport

You will be assessed in three ways on the course


Set and marked internally by your teachers (two units) and moderated by Pearson. Unit 3 and one of the optional units.

Synoptic Task

Set and marked by Pearson – completed in supervised conditions (60 marks). Unit 2.

Written Exam

Set and marked by Pearson (80 marks) 1.5 hours’ exam. Unit 1

The BTEC Sport course is designed for learners wishing to go on to further or higher level study of the sport sector or directly in to employment. The UCAS points gained from the course are widely recognised by universities and employers.



The course offers flexibility for students to progress to larger-size qualifications or specialise in a specific area. It provides opportunity for students to showcase their skills through practical assessments as well as underpinning knowledge and skills needed to meet requirements in the sporting industry. In addition, the course develops transferable skills such as communication, team working and leadership skills.

The course provides work-related learning, giving learners an edge and opening the door to higher education or employment in sport sectors. The BTEC Sport course offers clear progression routes: such as BSc in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science. Also supports progression into direct entry level roles such as physical activity leader or fitness/leisure assistant. Furthermore, it provides opportunities for a potential career in Personal Training, Sports Management and Sporting Events.

  • Equivalent in size to one A Level.
  • 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external.
  • Mandatory content (83%).
  • External assessment (67%).

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the vocational Sport sector.

It consists of:

Three mandatory units:

Unit 1 – Anatomy & Physiology

  • Written examination set and marked by Pearson.
  • 1.5 hours.
  • 80 marks.
  • Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.

Unit 2 –  Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

  • A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.
  • In Part A, learners will be given a case study one week before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out preparation.
  • In Part B, the supervised assessment period is 2.5 hours as timetabled by Pearson.
  • Written submission.
  • 60 marks.
  • Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.

Unit 3 –  Professional Development in the Sports Industry

  • Internally assessed
  • Coursework
  • Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Learners will complete one of the three optional units, which are:

Unit 4 –  Sports Leadership

  • Internally assessed
  • Coursework
  • Learners study what makes a good leader, the different capacities of this role, and the leadership skills and techniques necessary when leading activities in different roles.

Unit 5 –  Application of Fitness Testing

  • Internally assessed
  • Coursework
  • Learners gain an understanding of the requirements of fitness testing and learn how to safely conduct a range of fitness tests for different components of fitness.

Unit 6 – Sports Psychology

  • Internally assessed
  • Coursework
  • This unit covers the psychological dimensions of sport, and introduces psychological techniques that can be used to enhance performance.


GCSE grade 5 in PE or Dance.
Merit (Level 2) in BTEC Sport.
GCSE grade 4 in English Language or Literature.




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Complementary Subjects

BTEC Sport is an exciting and wide-ranging course, encompassing a variety of other subjects. This course will prepare learners for the further study of Sport, PE or Sports Science courses. Other complimentary subject to take alongside BTEC are Psychology, Business, Sociology, Geography and Biology.

Future Opportunities

Learners will develop the transferable skills in BTEC Sport which allows for many future opportunities in industry as well as University courses. Sport is the perfect prerequisite for the following University courses:

Sport Science
Sports Management
Exercise & Health
Strength & Conditioning
Sports Rehab
Sport Psychology

Sport will provide learners with the prerequisites to the following jobs:

Sports Coaching
PE Teacher
Gym Manager
Personal Trainer
Sport Psychologist
Sports Management
Working for a NGB of a particular sport
Sporting Events

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