BTEC Sport

One A Level Equivalent

The BTEC Sport course is a versatile, recognised UCAS qualification that has helped lots of students move on to higher education to study a sport based course at university. You will learn through a combination of physical activity sessions, classroom based lessons and work based experience. Be prepared for hard work, including report based assignments, but be ready for an enjoyable course that does allow you to learn the skills needed in the sports industry.

Subject content

Over 2 years you will study 9 units for the Diploma (worth 2 A-levels) and 4 units for the Extended Certificate (worth 1 A-level). Both courses cover areas from Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Leadership to a Work Experience based project. Unit 1 is an examination unit where you will have to apply the knowledge you have learnt about the body in a 2 hour examination. You will also be assessed in Year 13 by a synoptic question paper. For this you will receive a case study before the examination, which you will use to prepare for questions that will take knowledge from the whole course. You must receive at least a Pass grade in units 1 and 2 to be able to pass the course overall. All the other units are coursework based, where you will complete tasks and assignments to meet the unit criteria. These other units include a selection from Practical Sport, The Sports Industry, Application of Fitness Testing, Sports Leadership, Sport Psychology, Coaching for Performance, Work Experience and Sports Performance Analysis

Learning methods

You will learn through group work, lectures, practical work, research projects and practical sport experience.



Assessment is by examination for unit 1 and 2 (and Unit 22 if studying the Diploma). The rest of the course is assessed through coursework.

Where can it lead?

Students can use BTEC Sport to access jobs in the leisure industry. While others use the UCAS points alongside other BTEC’s or A-levels to go to university to study a sport course.