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

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, Business or Psychology or BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Human Biology, Business or Public Services.

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 two years, students will study 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 
  • Application of Fitness Testing
  • Sports Injury Management
  • Sports Psychology

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

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

Activities Programme

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

Work Experience

All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas. Work experience within the Sports Industry can be used to develop the skills and knowledge needed when studying the compulsory Professional Development in the Sports Industry unit.


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 2020

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.

All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.

All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.

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

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