BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence)


This stimulating and challenging vocational course is for students who intend to study for a degree or follow a career in Sport and Recreation.

What goes well with this course?

Students can combine it with one A Level or BTEC subjects: for example, A Level courses in Computing, Media Studies, English, Psychology or Sociology.


Studying Sport at Coulsdon could lead to:

  • A degree in Sports Studies, Sports Therapy, Sports Science, Exercise Science, Sports Management or Sports Coaching and PE teaching
  • Careers within the Fitness Training Industry, Leisure Centres, Sports Development and Coaching are also popular

Course Content

Students will explore topics such as the Anatomy & Physiology of Fitness, Sports Leadership, Psychology of Sport and Coaching for Performance.

Learning is largely theory based, linking the subject areas to current and relevant practical sporting settings. Students will acquire knowledge via staff, individual and group research, visiting speakers, assessing elite performers and personal experience.


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College offers a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include visiting speakers, an assault course, a stadium tour, a team-building paintball experience and a visit to university sports science labs.

Any full time student at Coulsdon Sixth Form College can apply to join one of the College's Football Academies, run by Redhill Football Club or Fulham Football Club. The Academies allow students to fulfill their sporting aspirations, with the hope of developing a career in football, either through playing, coaching or officiating.

The Academy offers students:

  • Elite coaching, with highly trained coaches
  • Guidance and knowledge on developing individual fitness programmes
  • Access to the College Fitness Suite
  • Advice on nutrition and healthy living
  • The chance to play in National competitions
  • Coaching and officiating qualifications
  • Opportunities to play and coach at Redhill Football Club or Fulham Football Club

In addition to the Football Accademy there are many other opportunities for students to develop their sporting prowess.  A variety of external coaches are employed to lead sport-specific training sessions and a new strength and conditioning programme designed to develop phyiscal literacy 'ABC' was launched in September 2014.  The College has excellent links with a variety of local sports clubs.


The course is assessed through coursework, assignments, presentations and practical assessments.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above with English and Mathematics at 3 or better (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

Practical sporting ability is required.

Students should have a genuine interest in sport as much of the course will involve linking the theory learnt through sporting examples. Students will not be directly assessed on their sporting ability. However, there are practical elements of the course that require students to be motivated, enthusiastic and able to regularly participate in practical lessons and able to consistently meet coursework deadlines.

Students should be willing to take part in practical activities and be able to work with others.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence) information leaflet.

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