Sport Baccalaureate BTEC
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Sport Baccalaureate BTEC

The Sport Baccalaureate is a complete two year course built around a central qualification of the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Outdoor Adventure). The BTEC Extended Diploma is a long-standing British qualification and is the equivalent of three full A Levels. The Sports Baccalaureate is both a practical and academic qualification with assessment by way of a portfolio, assignment and presentation rather than through examinations. Students should ideally have 5 GCSE passes at C grade or above, including English and Maths but those who do not quite meet this level may still be accepted. During the two years, pupils will cover topics such as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Leadership In Sport
  • Sports Coaching
  • Adventurous Sports Skills
  • Sports Nutrition

There are 21 modules and each one will be assessed by between 2 to 5 assignments allowing you to pace your workload throughout the two years. Grading is at Pass, Merit or Distinction (equivalent to grades E, C and A at A-level).  However, the BTEC is only the start of the programme, during the two years you could also be undertaking some additional useful qualifications such as the full First Aid at Work Award or the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification as well as having the opportunity to complete the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. 

Upon completion of the course, you will have the same options for further study as traditional A-Level students.  Over 95% of Universities accept UCAS points from BTEC programmes and in fact many universities prefer those who have studied a BTEC, as you are already an independent learner.  Studying the Sports Baccalaureate course does not limit students to a sport-based university course.

Plymouth College students who have completed the Sports Baccalaureate have gone on to study at many prestigious universities including those in the Russell Group. The pass rate of the Sports Baccalaureate course has consistently been 100%, with many pupils achieving triple distinction.

University Destinations
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Strength and ConditioningHartpury College 
Business ManagementUniversity of Stirling
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Sport & Exercise ScienceSwansea University
Sports rehabilitationUWE, Bristol