Sport (Applied) (BTEC Nationals Level 3 - RQF)


This Sport Certificate/Extended Certificate (BTEC) is a two-year modular, A Level equivalent course, which provides an introduction to the sports sector through applied learning that supports progression to higher education. It forms part of a programme of study that includes other vocational/general qualifications or A Levels.

BTEC Nationals are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the signature vocational qualification at Level 3. They provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. What’s more, well over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.


Our department is highly experienced in delivering academic and practical Physical Education courses.

We have good links with the University of Essex and Writtle University College as well as local primary schools, which enables students to develop their coaching and leadership skills.

All staff are available for students to approach for extra help. Each student will be equipped with a Content and Workbook, which provides a logical progression through the course as well as access to an e-text book.


Taken over two years, equivalent to A Level.

Year 1 (Certificate)

Unit 1. Anatomy and Physiology 

(Externally examined assessment) 

Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. 

Unit 7. Practical Sports Performance 

(Internally based assessment) 

Learners study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/ team sports. In this unit you will: 

A: Examine National Governing Body rules/laws and regulations for selected sports competitions. 

B: Examine the skills, techniques and tactics to perform in selected sports. 

C: Develop skills, techniques and tactics for sporting activity in order to meet sport aims.

D: Reflect on own practical performance using selected assessment methods. 

Year 2 (Extended Certificate) 

Unit 2. Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing This is an externally examined controlled assessment unit. Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in health and well-being. 

Unit 3. Professional Development in the sports industry – internally based assessment:

Candidates will explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. 

A: Understand the career and job opportunities in the sports industry. 

B: Explore own skills using a skills audit to inform a career development action plan. 

C: Undertake a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes that can lead to a successful job offer in a selected career pathway.

D: Reflect on the recruitment and selection process and your individual performance.


At the end of Year 1 students will be expected to have achieved a merit in Certificate Level Sport before progressing onto Year 2.                   

Learners must achieve a pass grade or above in all external assessments. Learners are permitted to re-sit any external assessment (a maximum of twice) during their programme; the better result will be used for qualification grading.


This is not a compulsory option but it is highly recommended for students to take this qualification to support any application to further study and employment in the sports industry. Opportunities will be available to progress to the Level 3 qualification in Year 2.

Minimum Entry Criteria

Standard College entry requirements (as detailed on page 12 of the Prospectus) and a minimum of:

Grade 4

GCSE English Language or English Literature




Grade 4

GCSE Mathematics



Grade 4

Both 1st and 2nd grade GCSE Combined Science



If triple science is taken

Grade 4

Two of either GCSE Biology, Chemistry or Physics




Grade 4

GCSE PE (if taken) or Merit in BTEC/Level 2 Sport & PE (if taken)


 What can I do after studying Extended Certificate in Sport? 

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 wide range of disciplines (depending on the subjects taken alongside). Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

Further Information 

College students will be able to use the College Fitness Centre; the four badminton court size sports hall incorporating extremely active basketball, badminton and volleyball squads; the 3G outside floodlit 5-a-side pitch and the numerous high quality local sports facilities such as Colchester Rugby Club.