Extended Sport Diploma and Extended Certificate in Sport

Many gifted and enthusiastic Post 16 students aspire to a future in sport; whether that is playing in a semi professional or professional environment, or looking for a profession within the sport they love. These courses are designed with those aspirations in mind. It gives the opportunity to achieve excellent vocational qualifications and the Football Academy incorporates a comprehensive training and playing regime.

At Samuel Ward we offer a two BTEC Sport programmes and qualifications.

The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A level, studied over two years and alongside other BTEC or A level qualifications. This is an excellent course for those with a strong desire to develop knowledge and understanding in Sport & Physical Education whilst also studying other A Level subjects.

We also offer a full-time programme where students complete the Extended Diploma in Sport. This qualification is equivalent to three A levels and is again studied over two years. This is an excellent course for those with a clear desire to develop their knowledge and understanding in preparation for undertaking a career in Sport & Physical Education or for progression onto a course at university level.

The BTEC programmes are all assessed through a combination of internal and external assessment. For example, two of the mandatory units are externally assessed but this takes different forms. Anatomy and Physiology is assessed through a written exam and although Fitness Training and programming is also assessed by an exam. This is based on pre-release materials and tasks provided beforehand. Other units, including the optional units taken as part of the Extended Diploma are assessed through assignments completed and marked in school.

The two year Extended Diploma in Sport Studies is the equivalent of 3 A levels. Students will study a variety of units including Sports Coaching, Sports Injuries, Training & Fitness for Sport, Fitness Testing, Sport Psychology, Sports Leadership and Sports nutrition. In addition students can also achieve coaching awards, leadership awards, sports injuries qualifications and the opportunity to coach young people in the community. Students will be able to leave the two year course with the equivalent academic qualification of three A levels. This will enable them to progress to University or the workplace and will leave them in a good position to progress their career.

Where will it lead to?

Students may progress to a career in a number of different areas within the Sports Industry including coaching, PE teaching, sport centre management, sports injuries and sports administration, or progress to university to take up sport science, sports coaching or PE teaching.