BTEC Sport and Education | King's College Taunton

BTEC Sport

National Extended Diploma in Sport

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  • “ On completing my BTEC Extended Diploma at King's in the summer of 2017, I took a gap year at a prep school working in the sports department and the boarding house for a school year. I am now at the University of Winchester studying for an undergraduate degree in Sports Coaching. Without studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, I would not have achieved the grades necessary to have been selected to attend Winchester University or be a high contender for the interview process for the job at the prep school. My CV is also full of coaching qualifications and experiences I gained throughout the course.”
  • “After leaving King’s, I took a gap year and I’m now at University of Brighton studying Sports and Exercise Science. The BTEC Extended Diploma course had so many similar modules and aspects to the modules that I’m currently studying so I feel like I’ve had a bit of a head start. I’ve found the essays a lot easier because of the internal assessments I completed over the duration of the course and already knew how to structure, research and reference effectively.”
    - Kayane Alencar, former BTEC pupil
  • “When joining King’s I was set on a career in sport, but I was unsure, specifically, what career path I would like to pursue. I believed it would be worth taking an A Level alongside the BTEC Sport course just in case a career in sport was not for me. I opted for Business Studies as I believed this would open up the most opportunities. The skills I developed on the course helped me to to secure an accountancy apprenticeship with a well-established firm, offering amazing career prospects. ”
    - George Shurley, former BTEC pupil
BTEC Sport & Education

BTEC Sport & Education

King’s College is one of the sports powerhouses of the West Country and enjoys a national reputation for sporting excellence in a number of different games. The facilities are first-class, with ambitious plans to extend them further still in the coming years. All this in a school with a strong tradition of academic success and which provides well for a wide range of other activities such as music and drama. The boarding at King’s is excellent, and pupils enjoy a vibrant and supportive social life.

This is an exciting new opportunity for 16 or 17 year olds who are looking to pursue a different style of learning and education.

This qualification (BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport) is suited to students who have a passion and enthusiasm for sport and are interested in pursuing a career in the sports industry. Many students also choose to also study an additional A level alongside their BTEC Sport studies.

With the introduction of the Diploma as well as the Extended Diploma, many pupils may find this a more manageable option if they are keen to take an additional A level. The Diploma is equivalent to studying two A levels.

Course Overview

Course Overview

There are opportunities to specialise in a range of different sports. However, if you do not wish to specialise, you will still have access to the wide range of King’s sports and be able to work with passionate and experienced coaches to develop your skills and opportunities.

Students can also access various national qualifications that include: First Aid; NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard) and Level 1 Basketball Coaching.

  • “King’s College is one of the sports powerhouses of the West Country and enjoys a national reputation for sporting excellence in a number of different games.”


Assessed through a variety of internal assignments, students recently finishing the two-year programme have gone onto university to study courses such as Sports Science, Sports Coaching and Sports Rehabilitation.

King’s offers a positive and creative learning environment with excellent facilities, including a designated fully-equipped IT suite. Students studying BTEC Sport also get opportunities to visit professional sporting environments and meet those who work in the sports industry, whether performance analysts, nutritionists, sports therapists or current/ex players in order to enhance their learning experience.

Useful Information

Useful Information

  • The Extended Diploma course is equivalent to three A levels.
  • The Diploma is equivalent to two A levels.
  • This is a full time two-year course.
  • The course incorporates six to eight hours of sport per week, including training and fixtures.
  • Some bursarial fee assistance and a limited number of scholarships will be available.
  • We welcome applications from any pupil aged 16 to 17 years.
Course Selection

Course Selection

To be considered for the award, individuals will need to:

  • achieve a minimum of 27 points across their five best GCSEs, including Grade 6 in English, PE and biology;
  • be a district or county or representative in at least one sport;
  • submit an assignment set by the Head of BTEC prior to the scholarship day. Details will be sent soon after the application deadline.

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BTEC Scholarship

BTEC Scholarship

Following the success of our first cohort of BTEC Sport students, we decided to launch a new BTEC Sport Scholarship which will be awarded to a pupil joining the school in the Sixth Form in September, who wishes to study this course.

The scholarship will attract a remission of up to 20% of the day fees

Sport at King's Scholarships

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