Course offered at: COLA Highbury Grove COLA Islington

BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3 Vocational Sport

Course Outline

The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport is an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to
progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level, and it has been designed as a one-year, full-time study programme, or a full two-year programme when studied alongside a further Level 3 qualification.

Learners will study three mandatory units:
• Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
• Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
• Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry.

Learners will also choose one optional unit from a range which has been designed to support choices in progression to sport courses in higher education, and to link with relevant occupational

These IC6 schools will offer this qualification in September 2020:

City of London Academy Islington (Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport (601/7218/6)) – the specification can be read here

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

Entry Requirements

To be considered for this course you will need a minimum of a grade 4 in English GCSE and Mathematics GCSE, but a grade 5 in one or the other. A minimum of a grade 4-4 in Combined Science. If you have studied GCSE PE, you should have a minimum of a grade 4. If you have studies Level 2 BTEC Sport you need have at least a merit grade.


Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are
three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Full details regarding the assessment can be read here


The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as
contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other
qualifications as part of a two-year programme of study. It combines well with a large number of
subjects and supports entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines
(depending on the subjects taken alongside). For learners who wish to study an aspect of sport in
higher education, opportunities include:
• BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business, if taken alongside A Levels in Business and
• BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology, if taken alongside a BTEC National Extended Certificate in
Applied Science and A Level in Psychology
• BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education, if taken alongside an
A Level in English Language and a BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts
• BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, if taken alongside a BTEC National Diploma in
Applied Science.
Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher
education providers.

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