Level 3 Diploma

Formally known as the BTEC National Diploma, the Extended Diploma came into being in 2010. Running over two years the Extended Diploma will give completing students the equivalent of three A Levels.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport is a 180-credit and 1296 guided learning hours (GLH) qualification that consists of eight mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 180 credits (where at least 135 credits must be at Level 3 or above).

BTEC offers variations of the BTEC Extended Diploma, a typical course would be the Sports Development, Coaching and Fitness pathway. This pathway is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in coaching or sports leadership, or progress to industry-recognised qualifications in these areas.

To gain this qualification you must…

  1. You must complete 19 units over the two years to be awarded the Extended Diploma, this is equal to 180 credits.
  2. From these 180 credits, you must complete eight ‘Mandatory’ units totalling 70 credits.
  3. Additional to this, you must complete ‘Optional’ units totalling 110 credits.


Typical Pathways…

Sports and Exericse Sciences

Sports Coaching


Typical Units…

Unit 01: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

Unit 02: The Physiology of Fitness

Unit 03: Assessing Risk in Sport

Unit 04: Fitness Training and Programming

Unit 05: Sports Coaching

Unit 06: Sports Development

Unit 07: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

Unit 08: Practical Team Sports

Unit 09: Practical Individual Sports

Unit 10: Outdoor and Adventurous Actitivities

Unit 11: Sports Nutrition

Unit 12: Current Issues in Sport

Unit 13: Leadership in Sport

Unit 14: Exercise, Health and Lifestyle

Unit 15: Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise

Unit 16: Exercise for Specific Groups

Unit 17: Psychology for Sports Performance

Unit 18: Sports Injuries

Unit 19: Analysis of Sports Performance

Unit 20: Talent Identification and Development in Sport

Unit 21: Sport and Exercise Massage

Unit 22: Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

Unit 23: Organising Sports Events

Unit 24: Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People

Unit 25: Sport as a Business

Unit 26: Work Experience in Sport

Unit 27: Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport

Unit 28: The Athlete’s Lifestyle

Unit 29: Principles and Practices in Outdoor Adventure

Unit 30: Equipment and Facilities for Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Unit 31: Impact and Sustainability in Outdoor Adventure

Unit 32: Environmental Education for Outdoor Adventure

Unit 33: Skills for Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Unit 34: Skills for Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Unit 35: Leading Land-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Unit 36: Leading Water-based Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

Unit 37: Outdoor and Adventurous Expeditions

Unit 38: Alternative Pursuits for Outdoor Adventure

Unit 39: Sports Facilities and Operational Management

Unit 40: Sports Legacy Development

Unit 41: Profiling Sports Performance

Unit 42: Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Unit 43: Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Unit 44: Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology


Assignment Grading…

Once you have had your Assignment graded, your total Unit grade is calculated.

Pass (7 points)

Merit (8 points)

Distinction (9 points)


Overall Grade…

Take the individual Unit grade (7, 8 or 9) and times it by the Unit credit value (5 or 10) add together all the total scores to calculate your total BTEC Extended Diploma  score…

1300-1339                   MPP

1340-1379                  MMP

1380-1419                   MMM

1420-1459                   DMM

1460-1499                   DDM

1500-1529                   DDD

1530-1559                  DDD*

1560-1589                   DD*D*

1590 and above          D*D*D*


Typical Week…

A typical week on a BTEC Extended Diploma course would consist of up to 4 days in college/school, usually having 18 hours of contact time over 36 weeks, totaling 1296 guided learning hours.



If students are unable to commit to a full time Extended Diploma, they can take smaller versions of the 180 Credit qualification, known as; Certificate (30 Credits), Subsidiary (60Credits), and the Diploma (120 Credits).