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Edexcel BTEC Sport Extended Diploma, Diploma or Sub Diploma

What’s it about?

The aim of this qualification is to introduce leaners to the sports and leisure industry, providing knowledge, understanding and skills  to prepare for employment in the sports sector with a focus on sports development, coaching and fitness.  You will learn theory-based principles which relate to practical activities and develop your knowledge of fitness requirements for sport.    

If you have a real interest in sport and the aspects surrounding and supporting sports development, coaching and fitness then this course is for you.  It will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and investigate a wide range of aspects, from anatomy and physiology of the body to investigating business in sport and the active leisure industry. 

The course is delivered by specialist teachers in classrooms and a variety of sports facilities.  This course provides an excellent springboard to progress onto a degree in a sports related area.  It will also develop your knowledge of sport, should you want to a career in sports once you have completed the course.   


Entry Requirements:

Ideally a 6 grade or above in GCSE PE or Merit or above in BTEC Sport Level 2. 




Mrs A Brabon – Director of Teaching and Learning

    The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form

    Course Content:

    Level 3 BTEC Sport Extended Diploma Sport is a 14 unit course that explores various aspects of the sport industry. Coursework units are assessed by the creation of a portfolio of evidence and are designed to give you an understanding of different aspects of the sport and recreation industry.

    Units you may complete on the course:

    • Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being.
    • Professional Development in the Sports Industry.
    • Sports Leadership.
    • Application of Fitness Testing.
    • Practical Sports Performance.
    • Coaching for Performance.
    • Research Methods in Sport.
    • Sport Event Organisation.
    • Development and Provision of Sport.
    • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry.
    • Skill Acquisition in Sport.
    • Rules Regulations and Officiating in Sport.
    • Sports Massage.

    Assessment is a mixture of coursework and exams. Coursework is completed through a variety of methods, including case studies, observation of practical work and assignments. There are four exam units and ten coursework units.



    With further training, you could go into a job related to sport such as a coach, trainer or gym instructor. The course provides a work related programme of study, enabling you to go straight into the sport sector as it helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers are looking for, especially in the sport and exercise sector. At the Canterbury Academy we also offer our students the opportunity to get a Personal Training qualification in Year 14.


    These courses will prepare you for further education in areas of sport such as, sports science, sports coaching and degree courses in the sport field. These degree options could lead to a career path in becoming a PE teacher or physiotherapist. 

    The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form Course List