BTEC A Level Equivalent

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport is equivalent in size to 1 A level. It is ideal for you if you are interested in covering the fundamentals of the sports sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a sport-related degree programme or to one of a wide range of other higher education courses.

The sport industry contributes billions of pounds each year to the UK economy and is a continuously growing sector. The industry employs more than 400,000 people and offers many career openings in a range of areas, including management, fitness, leisure, recreation, outdoors, well-being, elite performance, coaching and teaching.

Preparing for this course

To prepare for this Sport course, please view this YouTube channel as we use it for a lot of our flipped learning.

Please also make some time to complete the following workbook:

A&P Workbook

More about the course

What will I study

Sport is enjoyed by many people all over the world, whether it’s playing, training, coaching, or supporting. But there is so much more to it than that. This course gives you the opportunity to work within the sector and to enjoy sport every day of your working career. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport is equivalent to one A Level and can be taken alongside two other A Level courses. This means you can choose to study three different subjects whereas with the BTEC Extended Diploma you would study one subject.

Completing the BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport will give you a solid foundation in the sector, enabling you to develop essential skills required for gaining employment, securing career progression, or progressing to further qualifications and training.


  • Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology Learners explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.
  • Unit 7: Practical Sport Learners study the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports. Learners will be assessed in TWO sports.

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  • Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being Learners explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.
  • Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry Learners explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Why choose Sports at KGV

When studying sport at KGV you will be taught by expert staff that have the perfect balance of industry experience (that includes Personal Training and work with Elite Level Performers), as well as a range of experience of delivering A-Level and BTEC qualifications. All staff delivering on this course also work for the awarding body as examiners/moderators.

Studying Sport at KGV will also give you the opportunity to engage in our extensive college enrichment programme by representing the college in one or more of the college teams in Regional and National Association of Colleges (AoC) competitions and tournament.


Past students have progressed onto a range of university courses including Sports Science, Sports Psychology, Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy.

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses if taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of study.

For learners who wish to study an aspect of sport in higher education, opportunities include:

  • BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business
  • BSC (Hons) in Performance Analysis
  • BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology
  • BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education
  • BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSC (Hons) Sports Therapy

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

Entry Requirements

2 GCSEs at grade 5 or above and 3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a pass (4 or above) in GCSE Maths or English.

Course Specific Entry Requirements

GCSE PE is not a requirement to study this course.

Career opportunities

Career advice

Nutritionists use their knowledge of health benefits of diet and nutrition and will communicate this scientific food knowledge to others.

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A sports physiotherapist specifically diagnoses and treats sports injuries.

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A sport coach will work with teams and individuals teaching them sport skills and helping to improve their performance.

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You may choose to study a combination of 2 A levels and 1 BTEC A Level Equivalent.
Find out more about how to apply and what GCSE's you will need.

What to expect as a student at KGV


Find out how to prepare for your time at KGV and how to get the most out of your college experience.


Enhance your future career, develop work related skills and extend your subject knowledge with our exciting extra-curricular opportunities.


Our KGV scholarship programme is designed to reward our highest achieving students.

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