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

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