• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyPearson


In the first year of the course students will study a mixture of underpinning anatomical and physiological knowledge exploring the structure, function of the body’s systems in response to sport and exercise. This will be assessed externally by a long and short answer exam.Students will also develop a variety of sporting techniques and coaching skills through the study of practical sports performance. This includes team and individual sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton and tennis. This unit will be assessed internally via practical observations and written reports.

The second year of the course involves study of Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing which is assessed by a case study based exam. Students will investigate various methods of exercise and fitness tests, nutritional guidance and additional lifestyle factors such as smoking and alcohol.

Further to this the broad basis of Professional Development in the Sports Industry will be studied which covers career pathways, transferable skill development and continued professional development planning.

Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules include:

  • 180 GLH – Equivalent to 0.5 of an A level
  • Anatomy and Physiology – External Exam (Mandatory Unit)
  • Practical Sports Performance – Internal Assessment (Mandatory Unit)
  • Fitness Training and programming – External Assessment (Mandatory Unit)
  • Professional Development – Internal Assessment (Mandatory Unit)

On completion of all four unit’s students will leave with the equivalent of 1 A Level – BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport.


Entry requirements

  • 5 or more GCSEs (not equivalents) including English and maths at grade 5 or above.

Unit 1 – Anatomy – External Exam

Unit 2 – Fitness Training – External Exam

Unit 3 – Professional Development – Internal Assignments

Unit 7 – Practical Sports- Internal Assignments

This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills so that you can progress onto a range of our HE courses.

Past students have progressed onto our foundation degrees in Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation, Strength and Conditioning and Outdoor Adventure Education and have then progressed to complete a relevant top-up degree offered at Middlesbrough College.

You can progress to a sport related degree at university or at Middlesbrough College. In the last three years over 90% of our students achieved a high grade of DMM or above, with 40% of students achieving a D*D*D*, the highest possible grade. This further confirms this course as one of the highest achieving courses at Middlesbrough College and one of the best sports courses in the country.

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.

You will not have to pay tuition fees if you are under 19 on 31 August in the year of your entry to the course. You must also satisfy UK / EEA residency rules. If you are over 19 or have any questions regarding residency rules, please contact (01642) 333587.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form to apply for A Levels, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. You only need to apply once for A Level programmes. After receiving your application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have a chance to discuss which specific A Level subjects you would like to enrol on.

If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.