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Sport Development (BTEC)

Who is this qualification for?

This is equivalent in size to 3 A levels. It has been designed as a full two-year programme for post-16 learners aspiring to progress to a career in sports development or jobs in coaching, or coaching support. This qualification would also be appropriate for those learners who are interested in progression to teaching roles that would be entered through specialist degree routes.

What does this qualification cover?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with employers and the professional body to confirm that it is appropriate for those interested in working in the sector. In addition, HE representatives have been involved to ensure that it meets entry requirements for specialist degree courses. Everyone taking this qualification will study eleven mandatory units:

Mandatory Units Block A – Must complete and achieve minimum Pass in all units

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology
Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being
Unit 4: Sport Leadership
Unit 10: Sport Event Organisation
Unit 19: Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
Unit 23: Coaching and Leading for Participation

Mandatory Units Block B – Must complete all units
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports industry
Unit 6: Sport Psychology
Unit 8: Coaching for Performance
Unit 24: Provision of Sport for People with Physical or Learning Difficulties
Unit 29: Physical Education and the Care of Young People.

Learners will also choose four option units from a choice of five, which have been designed to support progression to relevant occupational areas. They cover content areas such as:

Optional Units Group C – Must complete all units

Unit 5: Application of Fitness Testing
Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance
Unit 14: Exercise and Circuit-based Physical Activity
Unit 18: Work Experience in Active Leisure
Unit 25: Rules Regulations and Officiating in Sport


Learners are assessed by a mixture of internal and external assessment.

Internal assessment
Students could be assessed using a range of assessment methods such as assignments, presentations, leading sport sessions and practical performance.

External assessment

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology, will contain short- and long-answer questions that will assess learners’ understanding of anatomy and physiology and how the different systems of the body can affect sports performance.
  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing, learners will interpret lifestyle factors and health screening data to create and justify a fitness training programme based on these interpretations. The task will require learners to develop and justify a training programme that meets the needs of a specific client.
  • Unit 19: Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity, learners will carry out research to examine the impact of sport development in a wide context (local, national and global level). They will write a proposal to suggest developing sport through hosting an event, implementing an initiative/scheme or developing a facility/club. They must also explore the relationships between their proposal and sports development, giving justifications for their decisions.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will support entry to employment in roles related to developing participation in the sports industry, whilst also allowing for learners to progress to coaching roles as they have been full mapped fully to these standards and recognised by relevant organisations.

Typical entry level roles include:

  • Assistant sport development/physical activity/health promotion officer
  • Sports coach/Instructor
  • Community sports coach
  • Sports camp leader

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and with any combination of option units is recognised by HEI providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant specialist courses, for example:

  • BSC (Hons) Physical Education, which could lead to job role as a PE teacher.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific HE providers.

2017 Examination success rates:

100% Pass Rate

50% D* grade

50% D grade

Entry Criteria:

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for BTEC/CTEC Extended Diploma’s, that is, a GCSE grade 4 and above in English Language and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and above (point score of 36 or higher).

Additional information:

  • As part of the qualification students will gain work experience in the PE, sport, fitness and leisure industry.
  • Students will gain an accredited First Aid qualification.
  • Opportunities to develop sports leadership and access coaching and officiating courses/qualifications.
  • We have a well-equipped and maintained fitness suite to assist with fitness related units and for extra-curricular use.




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