BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts Practice or Technical Arts Practice

BTEC First in Sport

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Development & Coaching

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport Development & Coaching

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport Development & Coaching

Performing or Technical Arts

BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts Practice or Technical Arts Practice

This new diploma is part of the Pearson/Edexcel suite of vocational qualifications which follow the BTEC pattern of assessments devised and marked by the staff who are delivering the course and know the pupils best. This allows for adaptability of the course content and mode of assessment to suit the cohort in question. The Foundation Diploma is the equivalent of one and a half A levels, but is delivered in the same timetable slot as a single A level. UCAS points are awarded according to the final grade for the Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass.

The course consists of two major areas:

  1. Performing Arts Skills Development - an exploration of performance styles, the application of this research to a performance and the creation of a final performance for an audience. Pupils may fulfil a variety of roles as part of this unit, for instance acting, creating music, design (costume, sound, lighting) or technical aspects including stage management, lighting and sound operation.
  2. The Performing Arts Industry - pupils will develop an understanding of the performing arts as a business and the role which they might fulfil in the industry. 

Both units are firmly based in real world performing arts scenarios and the intention is to give pupils a strong grounding for a potential career in the performing arts, though of course, they will be developing a wide range of useful employability skills.

Pearson BTEC Foundation Diploma (4668/1)

Internal assessment of centre set assignments. Verified by Pearson.



BTEC Nationals are stand-alone qualifications designed to provide you with specialist knowledge and accreditation in specific sectors. The two year BTEC qualifications deepens and extends the subject of sport. Designed for pupils wanting to enter a particular sports specialist area of work it is equivalent to three GCE A Levels, which UCAS recognises with tariff points.

The BTEC Sport course is continually assessed through one formal examination, controlled assessment, written reports, podcasts, PowerPoint presentations, video blogs or practically based activities.  Each piece of work is assessed as a pass, merit or distinction level, giving each individual unit the same three potential outcomes.

At Mount Kelly, the BTEC Sport courses helps potential elite and non-elite athletes learn about key areas of sport such as nutrition, psychology and the acquisition of skill needed to improve their level of performance as either an athlete or coach. 

Mandatory units of study include

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Fitness training
  • Programming for health and sports leadership

There are opportunities for work experience within the sports industries within one unit, while the sports leadership unit enables candidates to development their understanding, organisation and delivery of sporting events. Candidates may also have the opportunity to increase their sporting experiences by adding the Sports Leaders Level 2 or Level 3 awards and in addition, gain accreditation as a Level 1 Governing Body Coach.

The course is intentionally as active as possible, and as relevant as it can be to the specialist areas of each pupil. Results achieved at the end of the course are well above the national average for percentage of distinctions achieved, with the majority of pupils achieving merit or above.

Pupils find a great deal of success when they have completed the course, past pupils having gone on to study at some of our top universities such as Exeter, Durham, Cardiff, Bath and Birmingham.  Others have gone on to find great success in their chosen sports career, coaching careers and the military.  

BTEC First in Sport

Why study BTEC First in Sport?
Do you have a passion for sport and love being active? This course provides an engaging and relevant insight to the world of sport. You will have three hours of lessons every week which incorporate important aspects of the industry, such as fitness testing and training for
sport and exercise, the psychology of sport, practical sports performance and sports leadership. It enables you to develop and apply your knowledge, while also developing a range of relevant practical, communication and technical skills.

Specification content
The Pearson qualification is 120 GLH, which is the same size and level as a GCSE, is aimed at everyone who wants to find out more about sport and the wider issues and topics  surrounding the subject.

You will study three mandatory units, covering the underpinning knowledge and skills required for the sports sector:

  • Fitness for sport and exercise (1 hour exam)
  • Practical performance in sport
  • Applying the principles of personal training.

You will build on the knowledge gained in the mandatory units by studying one further unit:

  • Leading sports activities.

The course comprises of written assignments (75% of the course) and one hour long examination (25% of the course). Pupils are assessed against the marking criteria and are awarded either a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each assessment.