Course Information


The course consists of 19 units which explore a variety of different areas, including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology and Physiology of Fitness
  • Sports coaching and Assessing Risk
  • Technical and Tactical Skills
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Fitness testing and designing training programmes
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Psychology
  • Talent Identification
  • Current issues in sport

The BTEC educational programme is delivered by college tutors of Loughborough College, with the students transported to campus by the Academy and college buses.


The course is delivered in a vocational manner, with assessments ranging from written reports, portfolios and posters to verbal assessments, presentations, and practical observations.

During the first-year students will study the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma, which on successful completion will enable them to progress onto the BTEC Extended Diploma in year two.

Entry requirements

Students studying a BTEC Extended Diploma programme should normally have achieved 5 GCSE’s at Grade C including English and Maths, or the equivalent in their own country. Alternatively, students who have studied at Level 2 Diploma/Certificate or a BTEC First Diploma in a related subject should have achieved at least Merit grades.

For those students that do not meet the necessary entry requirements, the Academy can offer the opportunity to study an OCR Level 2 Sports Qualification as an alternative.

Progression opportunities

Upon successful completion of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, students will have the equivalent of three A levels. The course not only serves as a route to full time employment, it is also a proven progression route to Higher Education, including degree level.