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Exam Board: Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Diploma


The sport and active industry is very diverse and covers such aspects as coaching, fitness testing and sports development. Each year the sport and active leisure sector outperforms the rest of the UK economy and with the approach to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, the opportunities available within this sector are more varied than ever before. BTEC Level 3 National Sport is a stepping stone in the right direction to succeeding in your future career within the sport and leisure sector. The principles of sport that you will learn include; anatomy and physiology, fitness organisation and testing, research within sport and exercise, outdoor and adventurous activities and current issues within the sporting world.

With a varied use of assessment and teaching styles, it is an ideal start to any career path within sport and exercise science. It is a vocational course that will allow you to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills needed for a number of routes in sport.


BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences – 120 credits, equivalent to 2 A Levels.

Mandatory units – 1,2,3,4,5

Each unit has a different method of assess, ranging from lab reports, practical experiments, written and verbal presentations.

Pass, Merit and Distinction are awarded based on the amount of criteria met in each unit.

AS Teaching Units, Assessment Method and Weighting

AS Unit and Content Assessment Method Weighting
Unit 1 – Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
Skeletal system
Muscular system
Cardiovascular system
Respiratory system
Written reports, practical observations, laboratory reports Credit value = 10
Unit 2 – Sport and Exercise Physiology
How the body responds to exercise
Fatigue and how the body recovers from exercise
How the body adapts to long-term exercise
Group presentation, poster, witness statements, written reports and case study reports. Credit value = 10
Unit 3 – Sport and Exercise Psychology
Personality, motivation and aggression on sports performance
Impact of arousal, stress and anxiety on sports performance
Psychology of group dynamics
Psychological factors affecting people in exercise
Written reports and presentations Credit value = 10
Unit 4 – Research methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences
Key issues in research methods
Data collection techniques
Qualitative and quantitative data analysis techniques
Presentations, witness statements, leaflets, videos, witness statements, observation records and written reports. Credit value = 10
Unit 5 – Research project in Sport and Exercise Sciences
Plan, conduct and produce a research based project
Review a research based project
Written project proposal, written report following experiments, witness statements, scientific reports Credit value = 10
Unit 19 – Outdoor and Adventurous activities
Participation in exciting outdoor activities
Practical skills and techniques
Leadership skills and qualities
Organisation and provision of outdoor activities
Review of performance in outdoor activities
Written reports, risk assessments, practical observations and assessment, witness statements and observation records and presentations Credit value = 10

Complementary Subjects to study at AS

Psychology, Sciences, English, Geography.

A2 Unit Outline

  • Unit 7 – Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Unit 8 – Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Unit 9 – Fitness training and programming
  • Unit 11 – Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Unit 13 – Current issues in sport
  • Unit 14 – Instructing physical activity
  • Unit 15 – Sports Injuries

Further Information

For further information, please contact Mr Brickwood
or contact Miss Austin (both based in the PE office).

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