BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Sport


This stimulating and challenging vocational course is for students who intend to study for a degree or follow a career in Sport and Recreation. This course can be taken as an equivalent to one A Level subject, over a 2 year period

What goes well with this course?

We recommend that you combine it with two or three A Level or BTEC subjects,for example, Level 3 courses in Public Services, Information Technology, Media Studies, English, Psychology or Sociology.


Studying Sport at Coulsdon could lead to:

  • A degree in Sports Studies, Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, 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

This is a vocational course designed to develop both knowledge and practical skills in the Sport and Exercise Science industry.

Year one of the course covers Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology and year two includes Biomechanics, Fitness Testing and Sports Coaching. This broad study of many sport and exercise disciplines will give students an insight into the effectiveness of their own performance and how to improve that of others.


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 allows 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


Students take four units, consisting of written assignments, presentations, practical assessments and a written exam.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

4 grades A* - C at GCSE plus English minimum Grade 3 and Maths minimum Grade 2 or equivalent qualifications (a Merit or higher at BTEC Level 2 is accepted as part of the 4 A* - C GCSEs).

This course is designed for individuals with a genuine interest in sport and good sporting general knowledge, as much of the course will involve linking the theory learnt through sporting examples. Successful students will be highly motivated and able to consistently meet coursework deadlines.

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

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 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 Certificate/Extended Certificate in Sport information leaflet.

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