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Sport Foundation Diploma Level 3

The BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport, is intended for students wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the sports sector.
The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression, through the development of knowledge and skills, to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice should you choose to enter employment directly in the sports sector.

Everyone taking this qualification will study four mandatory units, covering the following content areas:
· Anatomy and physiology
· Fitness training and programming for health, sport and well-being
· Professional development in the sports industry
· Sports leadership.
In addition, there are also a range of optional units:
· Application of fitness testing
· Sports psychology
· Coaching for performance

This qualification is wide-ranging and equivalent in size to 1.5 A Levels, and can be used to progress to the Extended Diploma in the second-year of a study programme. Students who wish to take this qualification will have successfully completed a Level 2 programme of study with GCSEs (preferably English, maths & PE or sport) and potentially some vocational subjects.

Course Info

Level 3 - Advanced
Subject Area
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Course Type
16-19 Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Course Length
35 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and maths. It is preferable that applicants will have GCSE PE / BTEC Sport, but may be considered if wasn't an option.

Delivery and Assessment

Of the seven units studied, five are internally assessed and two are externally assessed. Therefore assessment is made up of approximately 66% internally assessed work (projects, coursework, work books, research, presentations etc) and 44% externally assessed by Edexcel in the form of examinations and set tasks.


This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to the Extended Diploma in year two. Following the successful completion of this could then lead to employment or further study at university. Additionally the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give you an advantage in applying for entry level roles or ‘school leaver’ industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as sport, fitness, coaching, health, sports psychology and many other opportunities.