BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport


This stimulating and challenging vocational course is for students who intend to study for a degree or follow a career in Sport.  

It covers a wide variety of topics, including both the theory and practical aspects of Sport. 

The Diploma is a two year course, equivalent to two A Levels.

What goes well with this course?

It is recommended to combine the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport with either one A Level or one BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate course (the latter being the equivalent to one A Level).  These could include A Level Biology, Sociology, Psychology or Media, or the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology.

It also combines well with the following Enhancement qualifications that are offered by the College:



Studying Sport could lead to:
  • A degree in Sports Studies, Sports and Exercise Science, Sports Management, Sports Injury or Rehabilitation 
  • A career as a PE teacher or Sports Coach
  • Careers working within the Fitness Training Industry, Leisure Centres, Sports Development or Coaching are also popular, as are careers in Sports Therapy
  • Apprenticeships within the Sports Industry for example within Fitness Training or Sports Marketing
Even if students don't intend to pursue a career in sport, the course fosters:
  • Transferable skills such as team work, leadership experience and confidence and communication skills that will help students excel in all manner of careers 
  • A life-long passion for sport and a healthy lifestyle that will complement any future career choices

Course Content

This is a vocational course designed to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the area of Sport.  Over the two years, students will study compulsory units relating to:   

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Sports Leadership
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport 

There will also be three additional units that look at other aspects of Sport. 

Study is through a mixture of theory and practical activities in which all students must participate. 

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

Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • A trip to Wimbledon to investigate the safety procedures in place at the tennis tournament
  • An opportunity to participate in wheelchair basketball
  • Mercers Lake:  water sports activities 
  • K2: climbing and abseiling with qualified instructors


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 assessed through external assessment (45%) and internal assessment (55%).  Assessments include:

  • An external written exam in Anatomy and Physiology
  • Two controlled assessment tasks, written under exam conditions, relating to Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being; and Investigating Business in Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Internally assessessed coursework consisting of written assignments, presentations and practical assessments 

The exam board for this BTEC Level 3 Diploma is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students will need the following minimum combination of GCSE grades:

  • Grade 4 in a Science subject (4,4 in Combined Science) or Grade 4 in PE, and
  • Grade 4 in a literate subject such as English Language, English Literature or History

A Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 Sport will also be considered. 

Students should have a genuine interest in sport as much of the course will involve linking the theory learnt to sporting examples. Students will not be directly assessed on their sporting ability. However, there are practical elements of the course that require students to be enthusiastic and willing to take part.  Students should be highly motivated and able to consistently meet coursework deadlines.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport information leaflet.

Website by