Vocational (BTEC etc)

3rd Sep `22

2 Years


Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy Norfolk

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form


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Course details

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate qualification is designed to provide a specialist, work related vocational context to the sports industry. The course is run over two year with students completing 360 Guided Learning hours of study towards the qualification and is the equivalent to 1 A Level.

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. In addition, employers and professional bodies have been involved and consulted, in order to confirm that the content is also appropriate and consistent with current practice for students choosing to enter employment directly in the sport sector.

The following mandatory units must be taken:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Wellbeing
  • Professional Development in the Sport Industry

In addition, students choose optional units from a range that has been designed to support choices in progression to sport courses in HE. They cover content areas such as:

  • Application of fitness testing
  • Sport psychology
  • Practical sports performance
  • Sports leadership.


Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: Vocational (BTEC etc)
Exam Board: Pearson

BA (Hons) in Sport Studies and Business, if taken alongside A Levels in Business and Mathematics or similar.

BSC (Hons) in Sport Psychology, if taken alongside Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science and A Level in Psychology or similar.

BA (Hons) in Sports Education and Special and Inclusive Education, if taken alongside an A Level in English Language and a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts or similar.

BA (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, if taken alongside a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science or similar.

Admission details

Age: 16-19

Entry Requirements for this Course:

Science 4-4  |  PE 5/Merit (or equivalent if studied)  |  English Language 4

We also highly recommend that students are participating in Physical Activity outside of school.

Progression into the second year of the course is reliant on students achieving a minimum Pass grade in all Year 1 components.



  • Andy Cole (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk
  • 01953452335