Course Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE PE or a Merit in BTEC Level 2 PE plus GCSE grade 4 in English Language, Maths and Science


This is a vocational course providing you with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of sport. You will take part in practical sessions to extend your learning. You will become an independent learner, developing employability skills. There are also opportunities to meet with industry experts and attend university workshops. You can choose either the Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A Level) or the Diploma (equivalent to two A Levels).

What you will study

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training & Programming for Health, Sport & Wellbeing
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Application of Fitness Testing

Diploma (all above plus)

  • Sports Leadership
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • Investigating Business in Sport and the Active Leisure Industry
  • Sport Injury Management
  • Technical and Tactical Demands of Sport


There are written examinations and internal assessments (practical sessions, essays, assignments, presentations and interviews)

Extended Certificate: You will need a passion for sports and regularly participate in sport or physical activity.
Diploma: You will need to participate regularly in competitive sport. Roles can include coaching, leadership, technical and tactical observation and applying sport psychology elements to the athlete and group.

Course Support

  • One-to-one guidance and progress monitoring
  • Regular tutorials
  • Specific Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme support

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

We are a TASS Dual Career accredited College acknowledging the work we do to support our talented athletes to succeed in their sport, whilst excelling in their studies. Find out more.


Many of our students progress to university to study sport related degrees such as Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Sports Coaching and Sports Science, as well as non-sport related fields.

Further Information

BTEC Sport Course Leaflet

Exam board course specification

What Our Students Say

I chose to attend Carmel to access all the support available to students, plus there are many additional enrichment activities such as talks, visits and work experience available too.

I have really enjoyed studying the Diploma in BTEC Sport because the lessons are engaging, the course content is really interesting and the teachers are knowledgeable, supportive and highly organised. I have studied Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Psychology, Fitness Testing, Assessing risk in Sport, Practical Team Sports and many more. I have particularly enjoyed Sports Coaching and the Work Experience units. One of the standout experiences for me was delivering coaching sessions to local primary school children.

Outside of lessons, I have taken part in a number of stretch and challenge workshops to extend my knowledge further. Talks delivered by employees working in the sports industry have included Sports Nutrition, Hydration in Sport, Sports Therapy and Sports Coaching. These have not only helped to highlight different career options available to me in the future, but have also helped with my subject knowledge.

I have also been on a number of trips, including visits to Liverpool Hope University where I carried out physiological tests using specialist technology. These visits gave me the opportunity to learn more about sports related degree courses and to gain experience of using specialist equipment. I would recommend this course to students who are passionate about pursuing a career in sport.

Tom Johnston

BTEC Sport student Tom Johnston Haydock