Students can study the Extended Certificate (1 A level) at both sites. Students wishing to complete the National Diploma (2 A levels) will need
to travel to The Whitehaven Academy for the equivalent of 1 day per week. Transport between sites will be provided.

Examination Board

Edexcel – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport


More information here

Entry Criteria

A level 2 merit or above in BTEC Sports Science or a grade 4 in GCSE P.E. If no previous experience, a grade 4 in Science and Additional Science and evidence of contribution to a sport team.


Although the BTEC National Award course has different grading criteria the overall qualification is equivalent to that of an A level.
Pass = E Merit = C Distinction = A Distinction* = A*

Why you should study Sport

Health, Fitness & Sport is very popular among young people and this is an excellent opportunity to study these areas. Students who have already studied PE at Key Stage 4 will find many of the ideas and concepts are expanded upon in the course. However, the study of the above courses is not an essential requirement, students without this background will be able to develop their skills without prior knowledge. This vocational course gives a great insight into the sporting ‘working’ world and its associated elements.

Course Content

Skills Developed, Progression and Possible Future Careers

This is an accepted qualification for entry into higher education, to follow courses such as:-

  • Sport and Exercise Science Sports Studies
  • Coaching Sports Performance Physical Education
  • Undergraduate Teaching Course Sports Management

Likewise employment in sports coaching, officiating and personal training can be a natural progression.