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​​​​​​BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / Extended Diploma in Sport Performance and Excellence


Level                  3

Qualification       BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / Extended Diploma

Duration             1- 2 years




What will I study?


BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (equivalent to 1 A Level)

Units Include –

Principles of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport.

The Physiology of Fitness.

Assessing Risk in Sport.

Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise.

Practical Team Sport.

Psychology for Sport.

Sports Coaching.


BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport – equates to 1 A Level equivalent



BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport.

Sports Nutrition.

Outdoor Adventurous Activities.

The Athlete's Lifestyle.

Work Experience in Sport.

Organising Sports Events.

Sports Injuries.

Rules, Regulations & Officiating in Sport.

Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise.


Study Visits

Possible outdoor pursuit day trips – Sheffield indoor climbing walls, Manvers Waterfront, Peak District – activities could include – indoor & outdoor climbing & abseiling, hill walking, caving, weaselling, kayaking, canoeing.


Possible visits to Universities (SHU &/or LMU).

Possible Sports Science trip to St. George's Park – home of England FA.

Possible Sports Leading & Sports Coaching within local primary and secondary schools.

Work placement within a relevant sporting organisation.



Cost of indoor climbing walls, Manvers Water Front, Peak District – approximately £5 per activity.



All units assessed through portfolio assignments, which are set & marked by your teachers.


The course is highly practical so you will be expected to perform, coach & officiate in a variety of sports as well as participate in a number of fitness sessions.


Entry Criteria

General Level 3 entry requirements.

Useful Supporting Courses

The Extended Diploma is usually taken as a full-time course in its own right.  The other BTEC Sports courses can be taken with any other A Levels.


Students have gone on to careers in / as:

All five courses can lead to higher education and careers in sport psychology, fitness and sport therapy, sport and exercise science, physical education teacher and other related sports careers / courses.