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BTEC Sport

Why should I study BTEC Sport?

BTEC Sport is the perfect qualification for students who want to gain knowledge and understanding of working in the sports industry and for those who are interested in continuing the study of sport and exercise science in higher education.   It is delivered in separate units which allows us flexibility in our course design so that it meets the individual needs of our students.  As well as the compulsory units on Anatomy and Physiology and Fitness testing, students will have the opportunity to undertake a more practical unit in which they can gain valuable experience of both coaching and organising sporting activities. This unit allows for students to work with local schools and sports organisations in the delivery of sport.

In addition to a wide breadth of content, BTEC also affords more diverse assessment opportunities. The greater focus on coursework projects is vital to certain learner profiles as it allows them to express themselves over time and is not reliant on memory and one-off exam performance.

Studying this subject will enable you to:

  • Prepare for a career within the sport and fitness industries or higher education.
  • Develop the skills and knowledge to thrive in a professional sports and fitness environment through a vocational qualification.
  • Understand antimony and physiology
  • Understand lifestyle factors and their effect on health and wellbeing as well as balanced diets and nutrition
  • Develop your knowledge of the sports industry and skills required to form a career development plan

Course Specification

BTEC sport is delivered in separate units which allows us flexibility in our course design to meet the needs of our students. 

There are three compulsory units on Anatomy and Physiology and Fitness Training and a more practical unit which gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience of both coaching and organising sporting activities, working with local schools and sports organisations.

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology

You will explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems.


  • The Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Cardiovascular System
  • Energy Systems

Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing

You will examine the lifestyle factors and their effect on health and well-being and understand the screening processes for training programming and programme-related nutritional needs.

You will also look into the training methods for different components of fitness to support improvements in a client’s health and wellbeing.

Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry

You will explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways and job opportunities in the sports industry.  You will explore your own skills using a skills audit to inform a career development action plan and undertake a recruitment activity to demonstrate the processes that can lead to a successful job offer in a selected career pathway. Finally, you will reflect the recruitment and selection process and your individual performance.

Unit 7: Practical Sports Performance

You will study the skills, techniques, tactics, rules and regulations of selected sports through active participation in individual/team sports.

Examining Board Information

Board: Pearson Edexcel

Course Code: 601/7218/6

Click the image on the right to download the full course specification. 

Sports Facilities

Sports Facilities

At Warlingham, we are proud of the large range of Sports facilities we have. These facilities will be available for College students to use during lessons and also during extra-curricular clubs.

Newly refurbished All Weather Courts

  • 3 netball courts 
  • 3 tennis courts

Astro Turf

  • Full size football pitch
  • Full size hockey pitch
  • 3 five-aside football pitches


  • 8-lane 400m track
  • Long jump pit
  • Throwing cage
  • Shot put and javelin throwing areas
  • Cricket pitch
  • 4 rounders pitches
  • 2 softball pitches
  • 1 rugby pitch
  • 2 football pitches


Tennis Courts

  • 9 courts


  • 4 medium competition beds

Indoor Swimming Pool

  • 25m pool with 4 lanes

Fitness Suite

  • Cardio machines including: treadmills, bikes, cross-trainers and rowers, resistance machines, chest press, shoulder press, lat pulldown, free weights and bench press

Sports Hall with newly-refurbished floor

  • 1 basketball court 
  • 1 netball court
  • Indoor football pitch
  • Indoor tennis court
  • Volleyball court
  • 4 badminton courts

Assessment Format

Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology

Written paper (1 hr 30mins) .  This paper is worth 33%  of the BTEC.

Unit 2: Fitness training and programming for health, sport and wellbeing

This is assessed by a controlled assessment (2hrs 30mins).  This is worth 33% of the BTEC.

Unit 3: Professional development in the sports industry

Internally assessed Coursework.  The coursework is worth 16.5% of the BTEC.

Unit 7: Practical Sport performance

Internally assessed Coursework.  The coursework is worth 16.5% of the BTEC.

Course Entry Requirements

This course requires a minimum of five GCSEs, Grade 4 or above, plus Grade 4 in GCSE Physical Education or Sports Science (Level 2 Merit Grade).


Employability Skills

Employability Skills are essential skills, personal qualities and values that will enable you to thrive in any workplace. Along with good technical understanding and subject knowledge, employers often outline a set of skills that they want from an employee.

This course will help you to develop the following employability skills:

  • Time Management and working to deadlines to complete assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Organisation and planning skills through coaching sessions.
  • Evaluation skills assessing performance of sports participants.
  • Confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience.
  • Researching skills on sports organisation and types of physical training.
  • Leadership and communications skills when working with clients in different physical activity scenarios.

Next Steps

The qualification combines well with numerous subjects, carries UCAS points, and supports entry to higher education courses in a very wide range of disciplines (depending on the subjects taken alongside).

In addition, students wishing to enter the world of work will be well-equipped to begin an apprenticeship in a range of careers linked to the sport and leisure industry.

10 Possible Careers

  • Fitness Manager
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Physiotherapist
  • PE Teacher
  • Sports Administrator
  • Sports Analyst
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Development
  • Sports Psychologist

Student Profile: Louis

Louis's subjects

A Level Accounting

A Level Business

BTEC Sports

Core Sport

I chose Warlingham Sixth Form College because having been at Warlingham since Year 7, I know the facilities are good and the teachers are friendly. I want to go on to do an Apprenticeship in Engineering and have found the careers events really useful as they exposed me to new ideas.