Entry Requirements:


Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent, including English.


It would be an advantage to have studied BTEC Sport at Level 2 although this is not an essential requirement. Level 2 Pass if BTEC Sport has been taken.  GCSE grade 4 if GCSE PE has been taken.

Learners should ideally be involved in sport through regular club and/or extracurricular participation.





All units are internally assessed and all assessment specification is criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes


The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is graded using a scale of P to D*.




Taught at Forge



Equivalent in size to one A Level, the Subsidiary Diploma would be delivered over two years alongside AS/A Levels. The course explores anatomy and physiology, the physiology of fitness, assessing risk in sport and either fitness testing or principles and practice in outdoor adventure.  Further optional units provide opportunities for learners to study practical sport, psychology for performance, sports coaching, sports leadership, sports nutrition and fitness testing. It is a vocational course and therefore learners will be taught using a variety of methods, many of which directly relate to working within the sports industry. The course allows for other qualifications to be offered within it, such as leadership qualifications, coaching awards and refereeing courses; depending on the optional unit selected.


Course Content:


Learners are required to study 7 units over the two years, four of which are mandatory. The mandatory units are:


Unit 1:   Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 2:   The Physiology of Fitness

Unit 3:   Assessing Risk in Sport,


Unit 7:   Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, OR

Unit 29:  Principles and Practice in Outdoor Adventure


The optional units would be selected based on the interests and skills of the group, with a possibility of different units being completed by different learners if necessary to suit the needs of individuals.


Future Opportunities:


The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus of the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma covers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units.   The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma covers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter.


BTECs provide progression to the workplace either directly or via study at a higher level. Proof comes from YouGov research, which shows that 62% of large companies have recruited employees with BTEC qualifications. What’s more, well over 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year and their BTEC Nationals are accepted by over 150 UK universities and higher education institutes for relevant degree programmes either on their own or in combination with A Levels.


Indirectly the course can lead to a variety of career pathways. All students develop good written and verbal communication skills through the medium of the lesson structure and the nature of assessment. Many of the inter-personal skills that are acquired on the course can be transferred to other academic or career areas.


A plethora of higher education courses exist that offer students the opportunity to enhance and develop their knowledge further.


For learners who wish to study an aspect of sport in higher education, opportunities include:

•  BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business

•  BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology

•  BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education

•  BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science


























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