BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

Head of Department 

Mr D Smith

Examining Body


Overview of the course

The course requires students to undertake 4 units, 3 of which a mandatory and 1 unit being optional to the centre. The course is outlined below.

Course Details 

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology

Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.


· External 1.5 hour exam

· 90 marks

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Sport, health & Well-being

Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.

In this unit, you will explore the process required for screening clients and assessing their lifestyle and nutritional intake.


· A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions.

· Written submission.

· 60 marks

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

In this unit, you will research the different possible careers and the associated job roles in the sports industry, then action plan your development towards achieving a selected career aim.


· Internal assessment (moderated by the exam board)

Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance

Learners study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports.

You will develop your own practical performance in selected sports, focusing on the application of skills, techniques and tactics and reflecting on your performance.


· Internal assessment (moderated by the  exam board)

Possible Career Paths 

This course supports progression into further and higher education, training or employment, such as sports sciences, recreation and leisure studies, physiotherapy, the armed forces and the civil service.

Possible courses at university that this subject could lead into include:

  • Sports Therapy
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Coaching
  • further study of physical education in higher education (Exercise and Sports Science degrees/Sport Management degree)
  • vocational courses such as the BTEC National in Sport and Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • apprenticeships or other training (strength & conditioning coach, instructor)

employment in a related sector (physiotherapist, exercise physiologist, strength & conditioner, sports therapist, PE teacher, Fitness instructor, management of sports facilities/clubs, sports coach/official, university/college lecturer in sports science, sports biomechanist, sports statistician, sports journalist, sports psychologist, sports analyst, nutritionist)