The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport consists of 360 guided learning hours over the two year course. The course is equivalent to one A Level and all students must study 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are externally examined. The mandatory content equals to 83% of the course, with external assessments equalling 67% of the total qualification. At St Augustine's, you will be studying the following units:
Students will learn in a variety of styles during the BTEC Level 3 course. Students will have both theory and practical lessons. Students will be able to apply their understanding in their theory lessons to practical situations or via activities that will stimulate understanding and application. Students will use a variety of materials in their theory lessons and will utilise flipped learning in order to be able to have in depth conversations and a more detailed approach to the specification. Student will have exam style assessments and homework throughout the 2 year course and students are expected to keep physically active and expose themselves to different sports in order to widen their knowledge and understanding of sporting methods and skills.
There are two main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: External and Internal. External assessment for a BTEC National is linked to Unit 1 and 2. The internally-assessed units are Unit 3 and Unit 6 and are subject to external standards verification.
Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology is a written exam paper set by Pearson. It will last 1 and a half hours and is worth 80 marks.
Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being - A task is set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. In Part A, learners will be given a case study one week before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out preparation. In Part B, the supervised assessment period is 2.5 hours as timetabled by Pearson. Students complete a written submission and it is worth 60 marks.
Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry - Complete 2 written assignments.
Unit 4: Sport Psychology - Complete 3 written assignments.
Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U). The grade of Near Pass is used for externally-assessed units only.
How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc?
You are expected to have 6 hours of curriculum time per week and then complete at least 6 hours independent study outside of the curriculum per week as a minimum. The time may increase when assignments are published and deadlines set. There are a number of trips and opportunities for students on this course, such as a trip to the Bodyworlds exhibition for Unit 1 and working alongside sport in industry at local community provision and Arsenal Football Club. There is also the opportunity to experience sport facilities and use some of the analysis equipment at Universities.
It is preferable for students to have previously studied BTEC Level 2 in Sport or GCSE PE. Students are eligible to select this course without a PE qualification if English and Science at GCSE meets the entry requirement. A good understanding of the human body, fitness and training would provide a stable foundation for the learner but is not compulsory. A real, genuine interest in sport and the human body, combined with a motivated and positive attitude is a great starting place.