16-18 Courses

Sport BTEC Foundation/Extended Diploma

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Sixth Form
  • Qualification

    16-18 Courses
  • Subject

    Sports and Fitness
  • Schedule

    Timetable dependant (Day)
  • Duration

    37 Weeks
  • Age


Course Fees

No fees

Entry requirements

English Language and Maths grade 4, plus grade 4 in Science and two other grade 4 GCSEs.


The aim of the BTEC Foundation/Extended Diploma in Sport is two-fold. It aims to develop students' writing and time management skills so that they are able to succeed at any university course where the demands of report writing are intense. Alongside this, the course aims to develop social skills in order that students are confident enough to run sports coaching sessions. There are practical units in the course which develop practical sporting skills.

You can expect to study:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Health & Safety
  • Physiological Effects of Exercise
  • Fitness Testing
  • Research Methods in Sport
  • Sports Injury
  • Sports Psychology
  • Leadership in Sport

You will also have the opportunity to undertake a First Aid qualification and some coaching awards.

As this is a BTEC Foundation/Extended Diploma and is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels in the first year and three A Levels in the second year, students do not study any other subject with this course. It will provide a good foundation for employment or further studies in the sports and leisure industry.

Students can purchase sports kit for this course from the link below - a minimum of shorts and t-shirt is expected.



Coaching Pathway

New City College has a partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club which gives male and female students a fantastic experience and insight into the coaching process. It also helps to develop further and support elite sports performance.

This programme and pathway is designed for students who want a career in the sports industry, primarily in coaching and training. You have the opportunity to be trained by qualified coaches from Tottenham Hotspur; and all teaching will be delivered by staff from New City College. Our students visit Tottenham Hotspur's Training Centre, they get the opportunity to work at high profile premiership games, and they receive the highest standards of coaching and sports industry knowledge meaning that their employability skills are enhanced and they progress to great careers.

Personal Training Qualification

This pathway is a one-year course leading to the Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training and Level 2 Diploma in Gym Instructing. The Personal Training qualification will provide you with the skills you need to have a successful career as a personal trainer, giving you practical experience of communicating with and assessing and motivating your clients to help them achieve their goals. The Gym Instructing module will develop your gym experience and give you the foundation knowledge and practical experience that inspires confidence in your clients and employers. 

There are a combination of theory and practical units, including: Anatomy & Physiology (Level 2); Gym-based planning, preparation and delivery; Providing a positive customer experience; Lifestyle management and health awareness; Applied anatomy (Level 3); Nutrition to support physical activity; Promoting wellness through client motivation; Bespoke exercise programme design; Customer exercise programme instruction; Communication techniques; Business acumen for a successful personal training practice; Level 2 gym-based programme delivery and professional instruction; and Level 3 personal training instruction and communication.

This pathway is assessed by a combination of practical and written methods, including practical assessments on each module; multiple choice theory papers; case studies; and worksheets.

The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Sport is a one-year course equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. Normally students go on to complete the second year and, if successful, will leave college with the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This course has different pathways for different progression routes. There is a Coaching Pathway and also a Personal Training Qualification which can be chosen to suit students' requirements. During the course you will develop the theory and practical-based skills needed to progress within the sporting industry. You will also develop your understanding of the physiological needs of a sportsman or woman, while also developing your skills in running successful coaching sessions. There are high course expectations in attendance, punctuality and meeting assignment deadlines. The course will  therefore suit students who would like to progress to the second year BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and then onto higher education courses to become PE teachers, sports coaches, sports nutritionists, sports development officers and other careers within the sports industry. The course is comprised of seven units (of which 2 are exam based) in the first year and seven units (of which 2 are external exam based) in the second year.

  • Assessment Criteria

    The course is comprised of seven units (of which 2 are exam based) in the first year and seven units (of which 2 are external exam based) in the second year.

    For the coaching pathway, Year 1 coursework internally assessed 70% and external assessment 30% (2 exam units).

    For the Personal Qualification pathway, assessment is by a combination of practical and written methods, including: Practical assessments on each module; multiple choice theory papers; case studies; and worksheets.

  • Further Information

    Two year Level 3 BTEC course of 12x 70min lessons per week (equivalent to 3 A Levels); subject to the successful completion of the Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels) in the first year.

Further information

Those students wishing to go into higher education will find a number of universities offering a wide range of sport-based degree courses. A number of past students have gone on to study to be PE teachers and sports therapists. Those looking at employment after the sixth form have progressed to careers within the local sporting industry, for example as personal trainers, outdoor activities instructors, sports coaches and sports development officers.

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