Sport (Performance and Excellence)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Sport (Performance and Excellence)

Why should I study this course?

This course is for you if you are considering a career in the world of sport or if you would like to progress to University.

Using our sports facilities this course will allow you to pursue the sporting success you desire. You will gain an insight into various vocational aspects of sport from practical and theoretical approaches. You will also work towards understanding performance and excellence in sport through themes that include fitness training, tactical skills, coaching, anatomy, physiology and professional development. Your sporting ability will be challenged and you will take part in practical assessments with the opportunity to compete in national competitions.

You will have the chance to obtain qualifications in a range of sports coaching and leadership courses. Lessons will make use of the college's Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and fitness suite and you will also benefit from the expertise of guest speakers from professional clubs and organisations and trips to national centres of excellence.

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What will I study?

Anatomy and physiology – looking in depth at the major body systems in the body, understanding the structure and function of these, investigating how they change through exercise and other factors that affect how they work (externally assessed)

  • Fitness training and programming for health, sport and wellbeing– including the effects of lifestyle choices, principles of fitness, nutritional requirements and training methods, analysing client data and planning fitness training programmes (externally assessed)
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry – investigating careers in the sports industry and developing a career plan to demonstrate essential skills required for successful employment.
  • Sports Leadership – including the roles and qualities of effective sports leaders, psychological factors and demonstrating effective leadership in sport and exercise sessions.
  • Practical Sports Performance– demonstrating a range of skills, techniques and tactics and identifying strengths and areas for improvement of your own and others’ performance.
  • Coaching for Performance - including skills, responsibilities and best practice of performance coaches, planning and delivering safe and effective coaching sessions in your chosen sport.
  • Research Methods in Sport – investigating why research is used in sporting environments, investigating how to undertake effective and quality research and applying these skills to a selected research problem in sport
  • Sports Event Organisation - – investigating different types of sporting events and the roles and responsibilities of these to plan and deliver a sports event.
  • Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity – investigating the role of sports development organisations and their relationship with commercialisation and the media as well as looking at the impact of sports development proposals in the wider context.
  • Investigating Business in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry – investigating business operations and trends, analysing data and influence on businesses and looking at how businesses should be developed or adapted (externally assessed)
  • Skill acquisition in Sport – looking at skilled performance and the ways that skills can be taught and learned by performers. Demonstrating teaching and learning strategies when teaching skills to peers.
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport– investigating the rules and regulations of a range of sports and applying these in practical settings through officiating in a competitive sport.
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle – investigating the key lifestyle factors that can impact on health, strategies that can be used to overcome these and planning lifestyle improvement plans.
  • Current Issues in Sports – including how sport has developed in the UK, the impact and influence of media and technology and how current issues affect sports participation.

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How is the course assessed?

Your learning is assessed by means of assignments (course work), set and marked by your teachers and external assessments (exams and timed assessments) marked by external moderators. Four of the units are externally assessed.

What will the course prepare me for?

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport has many benefits and is a recognised qualification which will prepare you for future work in the sports and leisure industry or progression onto university.

Private study

You will be expected to complete research and assignment work in your independent study time and will be given advice by you teachers as to what you need to do to meet your course work deadlines.

What materials will I need to provide?

You will need a file, paper and pens for classroom work; you will also need sports kit for practical sessions.

How will I be taught?

This course will include 13.5 hours on your timetable of directed lesson time. Content is delivered using a variety of methods and often you will be required to take part in practical sessions as part of your assessments.

Theory sessions will involve group work, taught lessons and presentations to your teachers and peers.

Lesson resources will be available on the course page on Teams for you to access in and outside of college.

This course is for you if...

You enjoy the practical and theory sides of sport and are considering a career path that enables you to use and apply this knowledge to a job in the sports industry or you would like to progress onto university.

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What are the course requirements?

You will need to have achieved at least four GCSE grades 9-4 ( or equivalent) across three different subjects. You do not have to have studied Level 2 Sport or GCSE PE but it is an advantage if you have. 

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.   All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

A willingness to learn and take part in a variety of practical and fitness sessions! You need to have good time management and organisational skills to manage the workload effectively and meet assessment deadlines. As many lessons and tasks will be completed using digital technology you will also benefit from good ICT skills, however our staff will help show you how to use different platforms so that you can access all learning.