BTEC Diploma in Sport

Exam Board: Edexcel


The BTEC National Diploma in Sport qualification is equivalent in size to two A-Levels. The course has been designed as part of a two-year programme, to be studied in conjunction with one or more additional Level 3 qualifications. 


The Extended Diploma in Sport qualification is equivalent in size to three A-Levels. It is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who wish to progress to HE courses in Sport before entering employment.


Course Content:

The Diploma requires learners to study nine units, of which six are mandatory with three of those six units being externally assessed. The Extended Diploma totals fourteen units, of which ten are mandatory. Four of those ten units will be externally assessed.



BTEC National Diploma includes 75% Mandatory content and 45% External Assessment

BTEC National Extended Diploma includes 78% Mandatory content and 42% External Assessment.


For both courses students will complete units that are assessed either internally or externally. Internally assessed units require students to write up their own findings and present their work using a variety of presentation methods. Internally assessed units are subject to external standards verification.


Externally assessed units are taken under exam conditions either as an exam or through the completion of a pre-released task. Externally assessed units are marked by Pearson.


Career Opportunities:

Both qualifications have been developed to enable progression to HE to study a Sports degree or other related degree programme which may include; Sports Studies, Sports Science, Sports Management, Sports Development, Sports Coaching and Leisure Management. Learners may also seek employment within the sport and active leisure sector or related industry.


Entry Requirements:

Grade 4 minimum GCSE English, Mathematics & Science. Having studied GCSE PE or BTEC Sport at KS4 would be of significant benefit. A commitment and interest in the subject, with the ability to specialise in both an individual and team sport.




*  This offer may be subject to change but will always be a vocational course related to sport