Sport (Development, Coaching & Fitness) Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Description

Are you serious about sport and willing to work hard? The Sports staff at the College will match your enthusiasm and love of sport to enable you to make the most of both your sporting and academic talents. We will help you to fulfil your potential, to be innovative and take the initiative. We strive to create sports students with strong academic profiles whilst offering excellent sporting opportunities. This qualification will provide you with an introduction to the sports sector.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a minimum grade 3 in Mathematics.

Course Content

This two year programme has been developed for the sport and leisure sector to provide education and training for the sports industry. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life or further study. This two year course consists of 19 units including; Sports Massage; Applied Exercise Physiology; Sports Nutrition; Sports Coaching; Psychology for Sports Performance; Principles of Anatomy and Physiology; Practical Team Sport; Training and Fitness and Analysis of Sports. During the course you will be assessed through a variety of methods including reports, essays, presentations, verbal consultations and practical assessments.


Continuously assessed through written assignments, projects, consultations, presentations and case studies.

Enrichment and Work Experience

As part of the BTEC Extended Diploma programme all students will complete a one week compulsory work placement of their choice. Work experience is a vital part of a young person’s learning experience. It supports the academic skills they develop during their time at college and allows them to acquire skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Responsibility for obtaining this placement lies ultimately with the learner, although there is vast amount of support and guidance available to assist them at college through the work experience officer, careers guidance team, curriculum teachers and your personal tutor.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports related enrichment and we encourage our students to do so. These include: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; First Aid; Natural Born Leaders; Voluntary Service Award; Cricket; Football; Basketball; Netball and Athletics.

Additional Information

Students are required to take part in practical based lessons and will require suitable clothing and footwear for indoor and outdoor activities. As part of this course you will have the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Gym Instructor course run by Focus Training. We are able to offer this at a significantly reduced cost. The course is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career within the health and fitness industry, equipping you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work with gym users and help them to reach their health and fitness goals. The qualification is nationally accredited and recognised throughout the UK and overseas.

Future Career Opportunities

The course is designed to educate and equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to progress into higher education. Possible career paths include Sports Coaching; PE Teaching; Fitness instructor; Sports Psychologist; Sports Nutritionist; Sports Massage; Sports Rehabilitation.

Why Study at BSFC?

If you enjoy taking part in sport and have an interest in all aspects surrounding and supporting sport and performance then this is the course for you. You will develop your knowledge of sport and the wider issues surrounding it; from the science of movement to current issues in sport and the treatment of injuries to how to teach a PE lesson.