Sport & Physical Activity Development
BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: EdExcel

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

• Foundation Diploma (1 year, equivalent to one-and-a-half A levels)
• Extended Diploma (2 years, equivalent to 3 A levels)

Course Description

This course offers a broad approach to the development of your skills and learning in sport. You can choose to focus your work in coaching, fitness, officiating and/or sports participation. The course is particularly good preparation for work in teaching, leisure, and coaching.

Students must have achieved 5 GCSE’s or equivalent, ideally to include a 5 or above in Physical Education and a 4 in Mathematics and English.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

This course comprises of seven units; four are mandatory (mandatory content is 67% of the course and there is an external assessment which is 44%). This qualification is designed as a one year, full-time course, covering the underpinning knowledge for the sport sector, which supports progression to an apprenticeship in the sport sector, or a further year of study at Level 3. If taken as part of a programme of study that included other BTEC Nationals or A/AS levels, it supports progression to higher education.

This course will develop existing knowledge of the human anatomy and experience of concepts such as leadership and coaching, while introducing new topics such as nutrition and event management.

  • BTEC Foundation Diploma (the equivalent of one and a half A levels in one year); 78% coursework, 22% exam
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (the equivalent of three A levels, studied over two years); 83% coursework, 17% exam

The new specification includes two units that are externally set; one as an exam, the other as a controlled assessment. These two externally-marked units equate to 44% of the Foundation Diploma (falling to 33% when topped up to an Extended Diploma over two years).

Learners on this course will predominantly access the Exercise strand of the E6 Programme. Learners will also have access to trips specific to this course, related to other areas. E6 can help prepare you for life after College – CV writing, interview skills and much more, alongside providing opportunities for volunteering, and personal enterprise, all of which are excellent items to put on a future job application.

If taken as part of a programme of study that includes other BTEC Nationals or A/AS levels, these courses support progression to higher education; a foundation degree in Sport, for example. Alternatively, you can progress onto a second year at College to achieve a Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sport, which will gain you access into a full degree course, or into an apprenticeship/job in the sporting sector. The course is diverse enough to develop you towards careers in coaching, teaching, sports psychology, sports therapy, sports science, and much more.

There are no exams currently for this course. All assessments are carried out via unit-specific coursework.