BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sports Studies

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The BTEC Level 2 in Sport qualification is an excellent choice for students who wish to learn more about the structure and function of the human body, the impact of injury upon athletes whilst also improving their performance in a team and individual sport. 

What goes well with this course?

All Sport Courses are diverse and cover a range of sport related topics including anatomical, psychological and sociological aspects of Sport. This means a wide range of subjects work well with Sport Studies, including:

  • Public Services
  • Business
  • IT
  • Media
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Applied Science


This stimulating and challenging vocational course will provide students with a strong grounding for further study such as the BTEC Level 3 Certificate or the basis for pursuing a career in Sport and Recreation.

It is a one year course and the equivalent of two GCSE grades A* to C.

Course Content

There are four units in the course:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport: students learn the structures and functions of the major body systems and investigate how they respond to exercise
  • Injury in Sport: students examine the methods used to maintain health and safety standards in sport and learn the signs and symptoms of major sports injuries
  • Practical Sport: students participate in two individual sports, analysing their performances and setting future targets and training methods
  • Fitness Testing and Training: students learn how to carry out various different fitness tests and evaluate their personal fitness level

Students will take two core units and two to be decided by the Department.

Download the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Sport information leaflet.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

BTEC First Extended Certificate in Sports Studies students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • a visit to the Spectrum Leisure Centre, Guildford, where students had the opportunity to research health and safety issues to support study of the ‘Injury in Sport’ unit of their course

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s: Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


This course is 100% coursework, so you must enjoy written work. The assessment methods are varied and range from posters to practical assessments.  

Students will begin to work on their analytical skills, through self analysis, which they will build upon if they choose to continue to study sport at level 3.

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC

Entry Requirements

Students must have some C and D grades at GCSE. If they have not already achieved Grade C in Maths and English they will be required to re-take them.

Students must be interested in and committed to a wide range of sports and also be keen to study sport in-depth.  Students should be willing to take part in practical activities and be able to work with others.

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