Peter Symonds College

Study at PSC

The Extended Certificate is a two year course, equivalent to 1 A Level.

Course Content

Units will be selected from core units and specialist units taught over a two year period;

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health Sport and Well-Being
  • Professional Development in the Sports Industry
  • Practical Sports Performance

Methods of Teaching

The course is structured to have 5 lessons per unit, per week, with one additional support session (Course Tutorial). The assessment of each unit is either externally or internally assessed. Internally assessed units typically have three assignments, which are supported with ‘How To Do It Sheets’, guiding the students through the assignment, giving tips on information to include. The whole course is supported by an excellent Google site and Classroom, containing all of the information students need, as well as additional support sessions during study periods.

Throughout the course, tutorial sessions will form part of the ongoing support. Students will meet with their unit teacher weekly, discussing their current progress, gaining feedback on their assignments and receiving support and guidance in their career aspirations throughout the year. Student progress is also tracked, so students are aware of what grades they have achieved, and what they need to attain to achieve their desired grade. This all forms a vital part of the student success on the course.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

Due to the diverse nature of the course, a wide variety of teaching and learning styles will be utilised by the team, including group work, presentations and individual assignments. Many units will involve practical work, and assessment will be carried out on an individual and group basis, so students will be expected to fully participate.

Where Could It Take Me?

This course would be most suitable for students who have a keen interest in sport, who wish to study sport further into Higher Education or alternatively enter employment in to the sporting industry.  Previous students have pursued various sport related degrees (in Sport Science, Sports Development and Teaching at Universities including Bath, Loughborough and Birmingham), as well as using their qualifications from the BTEC Sport course to gain employment in the leisure and sports industry.

Financial Implications

 Work placements may require students to hold a valid police check (CRB). You will need to pay approximately £44 for this, however we will confirm the cost closer to the start of your course. If your family's income is low, you can apply for help to meet this cost from our student support fund.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English.