The Course: This course offers a broad basis of study for the sport sector. It combines written tasks with more practical assessments and is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A-Levels.
Assessment: Learners will complete four Units over the two-year course, Anatomy and Physiology (assessed with a written exam), Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (externally marked controlled assessment), Professional Development in the sports industry (internally assessed coursework) and either Practical Sports Performance or Sports Psychology (internally assessed coursework). Each module of work is graded as Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Gaining an overall Pass from the BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport is worth 16 points on the new UCAS tariff, equivalent to an E grade at ‘A’ Level. A Merit is worth 32 points, equal to an ‘A’ level C grade. A Distinction is worth 48 points or an ‘A’ level A grade, finally a Distinction * is worth 56 UCAS points.
What could this qualification lead to? 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 Maths
BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology, if taken alongside an A Level in Psychology
BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education, if taken alongside an A Level in English Language • BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science if taken alongside A Level Physics
You should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers. Remember that this BTEC is the equivalent of one A-Level