BTEC Sport Level 3 (Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness)

BTEC sport is the study of areas of the sport industry.  It involves sports development, health and fitness and how well this can be implemented in order for community to achieve their full potential.  Through discussion and individual research students examine health and fitness within the community and investigate how it can be developed further.  If you enjoy sport and have a keen interest in working in the sporting industry BTEC sport is for you!

A diploma is a 2 year course in which you will complete 13 units, this is equivalent to 2 A Levels.  A subsidiary Dloma is a 1 year course in which you complete 7 units and is equivalent to 1 A- Level.


Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport: The aim of this unit is to explore the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and also to learn the fundamentals of the energy systems.

Unit 2: The Physiology of Fitness: This unit provides an opportunity for learners to explore the body’s response to acute exercise and how the body adapts to long-term exercise participation.

Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport : The aim of this unit is to make the learner explicitly aware of the vital nature of risk assessment and its management within the sports industry.

Unit 7: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain an understanding of fitness testing and the importance of health screening and health monitoring tests.

Unit 4: Fitness Training and Programming: The aim of this unit is for learners to be able to plan fitness training sessions and design fitness training programmes

Unit 5: Sports Coaching: The aim of this unit is to develop a learners understanding and knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, skills and techniques of a sports coach and how to apply them whilst coaching and/or leading sports sessions.

Unit 6: Sports Development: The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with an overview of the principles of sports development, the key agencies involved and to provide practical examples of current practice.


Unit 8: Practical Team Sport: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to explore the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of team sports through practical participation

Unit 13: Leadership In Sport: The aim of this unit is to examine the characteristics of effective sport or exercise leadership and to give learners the opportunity to demonstrate own planning and delivery of a sport or exercise session.

Unit 14: Exercise, Health and Lifestyle: The aim of this unit is for learners to be able to assess the lifestyle of an individual and provide advice on lifestyle improvement.

Unit 18: Sports Injuries: The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an overview of injury prevention, identification and basic treatment. The unit also explores differing rehabilitator interventions for common sports injuries.

Unit 22: Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to apply rules and regulations and to officiate in a selected sport.

Unit 23: Organising Sports Events: This unit will enable learners to plan, deliver and review a sports event.

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