BTEC Level 3 National

BTEC Level 3 National

BTEC National Level 3 in Sport

The BTEC Nationals in Sport provide an introduction to the sector for learners looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership, sports development and the outdoors. At the BTEC Diploma and Extended Diploma level, there are three specific specialist pathways to choose from: Performance and Excellence, Development, Coaching and Fitness Outdoor Adventure. The specification has been structured to allow learners maximum flexibility in selecting optional units, so that particular interests and career aspirations within the sport and active leisure sector can be reflected in the choice of unit combinations. BTEC Nationals are QCF Level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.  

What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that students who take this subject at A level have had some previous experience at BTEC or GCSE level with a at least a Merit overall or C grade and a proven commitment towards sport and PE, with a particular strength in the theory element of the course. Alternatively, this course may be taken without having studied BTEC or GCSE Physical Education, providing the student has a very good level of performance in practical Physical Education and at least a grade C in GCSE additional Science (with emphasis on the biology content) or a grade C in Biology. 

What career paths would this course lead to?

BTEC Nationals are QCF Level 3 qualifications designed to provide highly specialist work-related qualifications in a range of vocational sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment. They attract UCAS points that equate to similar-sized general qualifications within education institutions within the UK. On successful completion of a BTEC National qualification, a learner can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same, or related vocational area. 

Key Areas

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.  

What extra opportunities are available?

Opportunities exist for students to be involved in some or all of the following activities:-  Community Sports Leadership Award, Sports Teams such as Football, Rugby, Badminton and a host of extra-curricular club and recreational activities. 

Mandatory Units

Unit 1 - Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport

The Human body is an amazing piece of machinery with a number of body systems that work together to enable the machine to function at peak performance during a range of sporting activities. To understand how these levels of performance are achievable students will be covering the following body systems: Skeleton, Muscles, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and the Energy Systems.

Unit 2 - The Physiology of Fitness

As soon as you begin to exercise changes begin to happen within your body. Body systems work together to make sure that you have enough energy to perform. Body systems respond both in the short and long term in response to exercise. It is important to understand the changes that happen to the body as a result of physical activity. Students will understand the: Muscoskeletal, Cardiovascular and Respiratory responses to exercise.

Unit 3 - Assessing Risk in Sport

The Health and Safety of sports performers is vital. Potential risks that sports performers may be exposed to need to be minimised. Legislation ensures that health and safety should be paramount in sporting activities. Sports Leaders have a "duty of care" to foresee risks and hazards. Not doing so can be classed as "negligence" and this could be punished in the courts. Sports Leaders need to be fully aware of Health and Safety issues that affect sporting events.

Unit 7 - Fitness Testing For Sport & Exercise

Obesity is on the increase. We lead more sedentary lives that in the past, so if we want to be a healthy nation then we need to be more active. Our levels of fitness and health affects us in our everyday lives. To be successful in sport, you need to have the right levels of fitness. In order to assess our current level of fitness we can use fitness tests. We can look at our strengths and highlight areas where we need to improve. Before carrying out any fitness tests it is necessary to go through a screening process to identify any potential problems.

Optional Units (3 Units)

Unit 4 - Fitness Training & Programming

This will give students knowledge to enable them to create a fitness programme suitable for their clients' need.

Unit 5 - Sports Coaching

This unit allows the students to learn new coaching methods to allow them to develop young people and improve individuals ability within sport.

Unit 6 - Sports Development

This will cover issues within sport and enable students to develop methods to make positive changes within society.

Unit 8 - Practical Team Sports

This unit develops different tactics and strategies that can be used effectively to outwit opponents.

Unit 9 - Practical Individual Sports

This unit also develops different tactics and strategies , however these will be based on individual activities.

Unit 11 - Sports Nutrition

As a healthy diet is vital to performance, students will learn the right balance to gain their optimal performance based on different sporting activities.

Unit 12 - Current Issues in Sport

This unit covers the issues that restrict participation within sport as the government continues to try and increase participation.

Unit 13 - Leadership in Sport

To be a good sports leader you need to have a really good understanding of the qualities and characteristics that are needed in order to help  young people develop.

Unit 14 - Exercise, health & Lifestyle

Those people that have a good diet, are able to cope with stress, drink in moderation and don't smoke, are more likely to be free from disease and can cope with the demands of everyday life.

Unit 17 - Psychology for Sports Performance

During this unit we will look at the effects that the different psychological factors can have on sports performance. This will include looking at Personality, Motivation, Stress, Anxiety and Group Dynamics.

Unit 24 - Physical Education & the Care of Children and Young People


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