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Sport is arguably the most dominant industry in the world today. The Olympics, the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon and the Masters Tournament are just some of the sporting events that grip the attention of the globe, boosting the economy through tourism, merchandise, advertising and TV rights. Along with a growing awareness of personal health and fitness, there has never been a better time to join the industry.


  • Studying on Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science Course will give you the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills to start your journey into the world of sports performance
  • Continue education through applied learning, and ultimately progression to employment often via University.
  • The course aims to include elements of theoretical and practical work to apply the gained knowledge
  • Sports science is a combination of several different disciplines and focuses primarily on the scientific principles behind exercise performance

What will I do?

You will cover a wide range of topics relating to the sporting industry, from anatomy and physiology, to sports psychology and sports business. You will conduct research projects, learn about officiating and the regulations of sport, and find out how to apply your skills to different career pathways. You will understand the industry first-hand through work experience and relevant trips – last year a group of our students headed out to Uganda to teach games and sports to young children. As part of this course you will take part in work placements to improve your industry knowledge and experience. Companies we work with include Champneys, Daytona Motorsport, Big Rock Climbing, The Gym, Sports Therapy UK, Why Weight and many more.

During the first year on the Foundation Diploma you will study the following units:

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Some units that you may have to the opportunity to complete include:
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise

During the second year on the Extended Diploma you will study the following units:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance

Some units that you may have to the opportunity to complete include:

  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Massage
  • Sports Injury and Assessment
  • Technology in Sport and Exercise Science

What’s next?

On successful completion of the Foundation Diploma in the 1st year, students will have the opportunity to progress into the 2nd year and complete the Extended Diploma. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-levels and accepted by over 150 UK Universities. The students who complete this course often progress on to University to study degrees: Sports science, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, Sports Psychology, Sports Nutrition, Strength and Condition.

Is it for me?

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is aimed at post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning, and ultimately progression to employment often via University.

You must be passionate about pursuing a career within sport and be open to learning a range of topics and new skills in a professional manner. Be excited about learning the how and why our bodies respond in certain ways, and how we can use this to improve sports performance. We expect you to be committed to your studies on the course and show the drive for personal excellence.

Future Career Opportunities

Entry Requirements

You require four GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Maths and English.


Throughout the course we look to work with local sporting organisations to aid the application of the knowledge gained on the the course. You will also be supported in gaining meaningful work experience to build wider skills and strengthen C.V. and University applications, aiding you in better preparation for employment within the sports industry


To complete your Sports Science course you will be required to commit to 10hrs timetable at college a week contact time with tutors. Along side this you will be expected to complete 10hrs of directed study outside the classroom. This directed study includes working towards assignment, research for further topics and revision for external exams.


Assessment takes place through a range of internal assessed units via written assignments, presentations, videos, practical’s and external assessed units via exams and case studies. Over the two years on the course 42% of the assessment grade is externally assessed.


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