Sports Studies Advanced - MK College

Sports Studies Advanced

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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.

Highlights of our Sport Science Courses

  • 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 courses comprise a combination of several different disciplines and focuses primarily on the scientific principles behind exercise performance

What will I do?

Whilst studying the Sports Studies Advanced course, you will cover a wide range of topics relating to the sporting industry, from anatomy and physiology, to sports massage and sports injuries. You will conduct research projects, learn about how to coach group and individual exercise sessions in the gym 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. We currently support the charity ‘Child Bereavement UK’ where each year we take students down to the London Marathon to do post event sports massage on the charities runners. In addition, we have lots of guest speakers, from physiotherapists to sports coaches to academics from university institutions inspiring our students about their next step options.

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

  • Unit 2_Functional Anatomy
  • Unit 3_Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Unit 5_Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Unit 6_Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Unit 7_Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Unit 8_Specialised Fitness Training
  • Unit 10_Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise

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

  • Unit 1_Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Unit 4_Field and Laboratory – based Fitness Testing
  • Unit 9_Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Unit 11_Sports Massage
  • Unit 13_Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
  • Unit 15_Sports Injury and Assessment

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 progress to employment often via University.

If you’re looking for a sports college in Milton Keynes, our sports studies advanced course could be for you. 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.

Entry Requirements

To undertake Sports Studies Advanced you require four GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Maths and English.

Course Information

  1. Sports Studies Advanced



    16 Sep 2024


    Mon to Fri


    COURTSIDE – Bletchley Campus

    • FEES

    • 16 – 18

      Fully Funded

    • 19 – 23


    • 24+


    • Overseas


More information is available on Fees & Funding for 19 + here and EEA Nationals here.


Throughout the Sports Studies Advanced 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 Studies Advanced course you will be required to commit to 10hrs timetable at college a week contact time with tutors. Alongside this you will be expected to complete 10hrs of directed study outside the classroom. This directed study includes working towards assignments, 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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