At a glance

Course title                        Sport

Level                                 BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Exam board                        Edexcel (

Why study sports studies?

The sport and leisure industry comprises leisure and health centres and private and public sector clubs. Opportunities include working with sports professionals, in fitness, sports coaching and outdoor education.  This course provides you with a springboard to a university degree or foundation degree in an appropriate discipline, or to employment

Course content

You will study 3 core units and 3 specialised units.

The core units are:

1: The body in action

• Understand the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory system and how they respond to exercise.

2: Health and safety in sport

• Know the key factors that influence health and safety in sport. You will be able to carry out risk assessments, and plan safe sporting activity
• Know how to maintain the safety of participants and colleagues

3: Training and fitness in sport

• Understand the fitness requirements of different sporting activities
• Understand different methods of physical fitness training
• Be ale to plan, monitor and evaluate a fitness training programme

Specialised units include fitness testing, sports coaching and psychology for sport