Sixth Form Course Information

Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Extended Certificate In Sport

Course Details

Awarding Body: Pearson


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Key features of the course

The study of Level 3 Sport allows learners to understand about the broad concept of sport and the theoretical elements that are integrated to a large part of our culture and society.


The course starts with the focus of Anatomy and Physiology, this part of the course is very scientific and requires an understanding of the functions of the four major systems in the human body and how they are effected during exercise.


In the diploma option students will study 6 mandatory units which cover:

  • Anatomy & Physiology (EC)
  • Fitness Training and Programming (EC)
  • Professional Development in Sport
  • Sports Leadership
  • Investigating business in Sport
  • Skill Acquisition.


These units will be spread across two years for the diploma course, through a variety of assessments including an examination for the A&P unit in year 12 and an external synoptic assessment for the Fitness Training Unit in year 13 and with several other units being assessment through internal assignment based tasks.


Other units that are covered include – practical sport, outdoor adventurous activities and rules & regulations in sports.

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A minimum  of 5 GCSEs at grade 4, including Maths and English.

Students who studied GCSE PE would have a distinct advantage.

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What could this course
lead on to?

There are a selection of courses this can lead onto, all of which may vary depending on the further education centre:

  • BTEC Level 3 extended Diploma in Sport
  • BA (hons) in Sports Development and management
  • Bsc (Hons) in Sports Management
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Education and Youth Sport
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport Psychology


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Future prospects
and careers

Careers in the sports industry include:

  • Sports coach
  • Fitness Instructor
  • PE teacher
  • Leisure management
  • Sports psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Science & Research
  • Sports Development
  • Outdoor pursuit
  • Physiotherapy
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What type of student is this
course suitable for?

If you are considering this course, firstly you must have a passion for sport and exercise, the course requires a lot of self-reflection on sports performance and current affairs in the world of sport. This is an essential aspect of learners for this course. Additionally, this course is 90% theoretical therefore a student who is organised, punctual with deadlines and conscientious will be suitable to the course.

Unit One
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • External Examination
Unit Three
  • Professional Development in Sport
  • Internal written assignments
Unit Seven
  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Internal written assignments
Unit Twenty Three
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • Internal written assignments
Unit Twenty Seven
  • Principles and practices for outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Internal written assignments
Unit Two
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing
  • External Written Assignment (synopsis)
Unit Four
  • Sports Leadership
  • Internal written assignments
Unit Twenty Two
  • Investigating business in Sport and Active Leisure industry
  • External Written Assignment (synopsis)
Unit Twenty Five
  • Rules, Regulations & Officiating in Sport
  • Internal written assignments
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