What you will study

Students have the option to complete the ‘Btec Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport’ (Equivalent to Three A-levels) in either 2 or 3 years

Year 1

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport

This is intended as an Applied General qualification, equivalent in size to two A Levels. It has been designed as part of a two-year programme, normally in conjunction with one or more qualifications at Level 3. This qualification is aimed at learners looking to progress to higher education in this sector.

720 GLH (895 TQT)

Equivalent in size to two A Levels.
9 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external.

Anatomy & Physiology
• Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport & Wellbeing
• Professional Development in the Sports Industry
• Sports Leadership
• Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry
• Skill Acquisition in Sport
• Practical Sports Performance
• Coaching Sports Performance
• Sports Event Organisation

Mandatory content (75%). External assessment (45%).

  • Level 2 Certificate In Supporting Learning in Physical Education & School Sport

The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport is designed to introduce the learner to a number of roles in providing Physical Education and School Sport (PESS). The qualification will develop their knowledge and skills in order to be able to support the delivery of PE and sport activities in a school sport environment under the direct supervision of a more qualified individual. While it is delivered through the medium of PESS, the skills may be used by learners aspiring to work in other sporting roles, such as coaching.

Learners may seek employment or in a voluntary capacity as a PESS support deliverer or as other roles identified within the specification.

80 GLH (180 TQT)

Complete a series of written tasks,

Prepare for, lead and review a Physical Education and School Sport activity programme.

All assessment is contained within the Learner Portfolio. Successful completion of this learner portfolio will result in the achievement of the qualification.

Rugby Specific

Referee Level 1
• Referee Level 2
• Rugby Ready Course
• England Rugby Coaching Award (RFU Level 2)


Year 2

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport cont.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sporting Excellence & Performance (Specific to student meeting Year 1 attainment requirement)

The ‘Extended Certificate’ is intended for post-16 learners who want to progress directly to employment as a sports performer or to work in a sports performance organisation. When studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications as part of the study programme, it also supports progression to a range of higher- education courses.

360 GLH (480 TQT) Equivalent in size to one A Level.

Three units, all of which are mandatory
Careers in the sport and active leisure industry
• Health, Wellbeing & Sport
• Professional Sports Performer

  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting The Delivery Of Physical Education & School Sport

This qualification introduces (or consolidates knowledge, depending on previous experience and qualifications) learners to a number of roles in providing Physical Education and School Sport (PESS). While it is delivered through the medium of PESS, the skills may be used by learners aspiring to work in other sporting roles, such as coaching.

This qualification prepares learners for employment in a school sport setting through providing an introduction to opportunities to work as a physical education and school sport professional, such as a children’s activity professional; sports development officer; sports coach; sports volunteer or leader.

The qualification can help you become a qualified Teaching Assistant (TA) or Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), as four of the components within this qualification are available within the complete Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

120 GLH (280 TQT)

  • Complete a series of written tasks (linked to the assessment criteria)
  • Prepare for, lead and review a ‘Physical Education and School Sport activity programme’

All assessment is contained within the Learner Portfolio. Successful completion of this learner portfolio will result in the achievement of the qualification.

Rugby Specific

CPD’s


Year 3

Our third year is optional and applicable for students who may wish to continue their rugby/sports development alongside achieving further qualifications, whilst perhaps working part time, to further their CV for industry employment or prior to moving onto University education.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sporting Excellence & Performance (if not taken in year 2)

The ‘Extended Certificate’ is intended for post-16 learners who want to progress directly to employment as a sports performer or to work in a sports performance organisation. When studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications as part of the study programme, it also supports progression to a range of higher- education courses.

360 GLH (480 TQT) Equivalent in size to one A Level.

Three units, all of which are mandatory
Careers in the sport and active leisure industry
• Health, Wellbeing & Sport
• Professional Sports Performer

Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)

This qualification aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills to be able to plan, deliver and supervise safe and effective exercise programmes within a gym or health club environment.

Learners will study:
Anatomy, physiology and nutrition and how they relate to exercise and fitness.
• Health and safety in the fitness environment.
• The skills to conduct client and group inductions in a gym-based environment and support exercise adherence and a healthy lifestyle.
• The skills to plan, instruct and supervise safe and effective exercise and physical activity sessions.
• Professionalism for fitness instructing.
• Personal and professional development.
• Delivering exceptional customer service.

This course is assessed through –
• Coursework/Project.
• Multiple Choice Examination.
• Portfolio of Evidence.
• Practical Demonstration/Assignment.

Rugby Specific
• Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union (Specific to selected Students meeting enrolment criteria and course commitments alongside and outside of the NPA programme)


Example of a Working Week

(School Term Time)