BTEC Sport is a vocational course that teaches students the knowledge required to pursue a career in sport. Students will also develop the skills for a range of sport-related pathways from sports coaching to gym management. Students can choose to study sport at university and many more possible routes.

You will develop practical skills in your specialist areas. In addition, you will learn about the other factors that contribute to improving performance. BTEC Sport lessons are enjoyable and productive and delivered by experienced staff in a supportive and nurturing environment. Practical lessons are delivered to teach theoretical concepts and practical skills in a safe environment.


Our students achieve Outstanding Results. For instance, in 2017 95% of our learners studying on the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma achieved a Distinction – Distinction* grade.
Many of our students progress on to university to study sport related degrees such as teaching; physiotherapy; Sports Coaching; and Sport Science as well as other non-sport related fields.

Where does this BTEC Sport course lead?

Supporting over 450,000 jobs in the UK, sport is a £20bn industry. This fast-growing sector now ranks among the top 15 mainstream activities in the economy. The huge amounts of money in UK sport means that there are more jobs to pursue in than ever before. Likewise, you may choose to continue your studies at university and work at the cutting edge of elite sport. For example, supporting top athletes as sports scientists, sports psychologists, strength and conditioning coaches, sports therapists or coaches. Alternatively, you may opt to pursue a career in teaching or working within the health sector. If continuing your studies at university is not the right pathway for you, you may enter the leisure industry and undertake employment or further training. Your BTEC Sport course will prepare you for whatever your chosen next step is and will provide extensive careers guidance to support you. To sum up, opportunities in sport today are exciting and vast.

Course Entry Requirements

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

BTEC Sport Course Leaflet

exam board course specification

What Our Students Say

Carmel is a welcoming college where all of the teachers are happy to help you and treat you like an individual. The PE department is extremely friendly. Whilst studying BTEC Sport I particularly enjoyed the Anatomy and Physiology unit as understanding the body systems helps with your performance. I have learnt about the importance of warming up and the different methods for recovery to allow you to perform at your highest level.

I also enjoy practical lessons as my teacher always makes them fun and we get to apply the theory we have learnt. We also visited Hope University to work in world-class laboratories. We looked at fitness testing methods and the body’s response to exercise. This was extremely beneficial as it brought the theory to life and helped us see what life at university is like.

Eleanor Monks

Eleanor Monks - BTEC Sport student