Progression Routes

The BTEC course explores different areas of employment within the sports sector, giving students a broader knowledge base to benefit their career. Transferrable skills are also developed facilitating progression into employment and Higher Education study outside sport.

Progression routes are very important and you have a unique opportunity to benefit from the wealth of experience from the careers advisors at Loughborough College as well as the staff and sports coaches at the BEST Centre and the hundreds of elite sports teams that visit every year.

Because your qualification is just like A levels, or any other international high school qualification, you can progress to university, or to a career or move into full-time elite level sport.


There are hundreds of university courses available to you throughout the world.  You can aim for a scholarship in the United States, a place world renowned sports universities like Loughborough, Bath or Stirling. You could progress on to universities in Spain or anywhere around Europe.  You can choose from over fifty different sports related courses, or change direction and study any other subjects you choose. After completing the BTEC extended diploma we have had students go on to study nursing, policing, business management, marketing/advertising, film studies, criminology & fashion.

All students who complete and pass the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport will be guaranteed a Higher Education place at Loughborough College studying degree courses validated currently by Loughborough University and Nottingham Trent University.


The BTEC Extended Diploma programme is the ideal spring board into a career in sport. Future career opportunities include teaching, coaching, becoming an official, a sports scientist, a sports therapist, a nutritionist or a psychologist, in any sport you choose. You could work at a national governing body, or an international sports federation, or for a professional sports team. You could work in journalism, communications, PR, marketing, or at any one of a thousand sporting events in any sport in any country in the world.

Elite Support

For those who want to pursue their sporting ambitions before going to university or starting a career, we will help you connect with the right coaches and teams for the next chapter of your competitive sporting life.