Level Three BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sport/National Extended Diploma in Sport

This course is an ideal progression route for those aiming for Higher Education. The first year provides you with a really good grounding in the key areas of Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness training and Programming, Sports Leadership, Fitness testing and Sport Event Organisation. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a sports leaders qualification as well as having regular practical sport sessions. Within the second year of the programme, there will be an opportunity to undertake further sports leadership qualifications as well as some specialist training programmes such as FA learning. The course comprises BTEC-set assignments and two examined units. Projects and assignments are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. This course is equally suitable for school leavers and mature students.
This course is available as part of a full-time study programme for 16 to 18 year olds, and as a part time course for adults aged 19 and over. Please ask learner services for details.

What will I study?

  • Anatomy and Physiology
    Professional Development in the Sports Industry
    Sports Leadership
    Application of Fitness Testing 
    Fitness, Training and Programming
    Practical Sport Performance 
    Sports Event Organisation 
    Research Methods in Sport 
    Development and Provision of Sport and Physical Activity
    Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry
    Sport Performance Analysis
    Coaching for Performance 
    Skills Acquisition in Sport
    Exercise, Health and Lifestyle


All study programmes contain English and Mathematics elements.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through a combination of external examinations and internally assessed assignments and practical activities. Coursework and practical assessments are based on realistic workplace situations.

Entry requirements

  • A Level Two BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport at merit level or above
    Four GCSEs at grades A*-C/4-9 including Maths and English
    Appropriate work experience
    Successful interview demonstrating motivation and commitment to the course
    An initial assessment
    References to support your application

Interviews for full time courses starting in September are postponed, but don't worry - applicants will instead be given a formal offer of a place on a suitable course. Other entry requirements still apply.

Where you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course you will be accepted.

Where you do not meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, we guarantee you a place on a suitable alternative. See How to Apply for further details.

What next?

You could go on to employment in the sport and leisure industry obtain a sports apprenticeship or progress onto a higher education course. If you decide to go onto higher education you could take a degree in subjects such as sports studies, leisure management, sports coaching and teacher training or our Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences and BSc (Hons) Sports, Coaching and Health Sciences (Top-up).

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Higher Education Apprenticeship Guide Full-time Course Guide 2021 Part-Time Spring Course Guide