The Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A-Levels. Units range from principles of anatomy and physiology in sport to fitness training and programming and from sports injuries to sports massage.


Meet our students Andrei Ilioiu

Andrei Ilioiu

“I enjoy this course; it challenges me and I’ve met a lot of people with the same aspirations.”

  • Description

    This course is for students who not only enjoy taking part in sport, but also have a real interest in the aspects surrounding and supporting performance. It gives students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and investigate a wide range of aspects; from the scientific to the sociological, the psychological to the nutritional.

    Students are taught by specialist teachers in classrooms with access to the Sports Hall and Playing Fields.

    There are a number of different subjects covered, including but not restricted to:

    • Principles of anatomy and physiology
    • The physiology of fitness
    • Assessing risk in sport
    • Fitness training and programming
    • Sport coaching
    • Sports development
    • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
    • Practical team or individual sports
    • Sports psychology

    Students also complete a skills project which will build your confidence and your employability skills as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding which are designed to broaden your knowledge of these subjects and help with your employment potential.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students need to have five GCSE passes at grade C or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students are accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at a merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 2.

    All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to GCSE grade C or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.

    Students are expected to engage in a wide range of sporting activities and to support their peers with full engagement in team activities and assessments.

  • Qualification

    BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sport BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport

  • Progression

    Successful students can progress on to an HNC/HND, Foundation Degree, University Degree courses or employment.

  • Assessment

    Students are assessed by a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and tests set by the Course Team. Students produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set have an agreed hand in date that needs to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. Some units also need students to complete externally set and marked assessment material in addition to their portfolio work.

  • Home Study

    Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre Library in order to successfully complete this programme. They also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence within the sports industry. It is expected that students need to spend approximately six hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.

  • Work Placement

    During the course students are expected to complete some work experience. This helps them understand the types of roles available in industry and gives them the skills required to gain employment in the sector. Jobs will vary depending on the chosen career route but could include working in a gym or sports centre or in an outdoor adventure centre.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    At times students are offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these may require learners to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended. It is expected that students have suitable sports clothing in order to participate in practical activities.

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.