The qualification has been designed as a full two-year programme for post-16 learners. It is equivalent in size to 1 A Level and other A Levels will be completed alongside the qualification.
It is for students who are interested in learning about the sports sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of HE courses, but not necessarily in sport.
How have things changed for BTEC Level 3 qualifications?
The new BTEC qualifications offer a wider range of assessments including assignments, scenario tasks and a written exam. This balanced approach means that students can showcase for future employers how they apply their learning to practical, everyday workplace challenges. Whilst higher education institutes can be confident that BTEC qualified students are well prepared for a higher level of study and assessment.
What topics will I cover on the course?
Students taking this qualification will study four units, including three mandatory units. Two units will be externally assessed and two will be internally assessed.
It is a vocational qualification, which involves sports participation in a variety of units. However, the practical elements of the qualification will be supported by class tasks, logbooks and assignments to demonstrate your understanding of the topics.
The course is assessed through a wide variety of assessment methods. Two units will be externally assessed, including one written exam and one pre-release task, which will be set and marked by Pearson. The remaining units will be internally assessed using assessment methods such as written reports, logbooks, presentations, lab reports and practical performance. Each individual unit is graded Pass (P), Merit (M) or Distinction (D). For externally assessed units only, a grade of N may be awarded for learners not gaining enough marks for a P grade. The overall qualification will have a grade e.g. Pass, Merit or Distinction directly equivalent in UCAS points to A Level grades.
Minimum of 5 GCSEs; A* – C including either English or Maths
Level 2 Vocational Programme at Merit or above PLUS 3 GCSEs A* – C, including either English or Maths
BTEC Extended certificate in sport – preparation for university and beyond
Choosing the extended BTEC in Sport can prepare you well for University.
To study the subject at university, if studying Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in sport: students should choose at least one of the following preferred subjects alongside it: Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, and English literature or English language and another of their choice. Ninety-five per cent of universities and colleges in the UK accept BTEC students, including competitive universities from the Russell Group. In 2015, over a quarter of students accepted into higher education held at least one BTEC qualification.
Nearly all universities accept BTECs in relevant subject areas, similar to how they would with equivalent A-level qualifications. BTEC students are very well prepared for independent studying that is required at degree level, due to the portfolio-based nature of BTEC courses. The time management, self- organisation and practical application skills that you will pick up on a BTEC course will provide you with the skills required for Higher Education and beyond.