Sport and Exercise Science Extended Diploma Level 3
This qualification is designed for post-16 students who want to continue their education through applied learning. It prepares you for a broad range of Higher Education courses and job roles relevant to the sector.
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is 1080 guided learning hours delivered over two years and is the equivalent in size to three A Levels.
You will develop knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the Sport and Exercise Science in addition to giving them the skills they require to prepare them for further study or training.
- You should have a genuine interest in this subject
- You will require 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language, Maths and Science
You will complete 13 units over the full 2-year period; 7 of which are mandatory and 6 optional. Assessment methods are varied; there are 4 externally assessed exams over the 2 years and the remaining 9 units are assessed internally by a range of coursework based tasks, some of which are practical in nature.
Unit 1: Sport & Exercise Physiology (assessed by external exam 1.5 hour paper at the end of Year 2)
Unit 2: Functional Anatomy (assessed by external exam 1.5 hour paper at the end of Year 1)
Unit 3 Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology (assessed by external exam 3 hour paper at the end of Year 1)
Unit 4: Field and Laboratory Based Fitness Testing (combination of practical and theoretical coursework components)
Unit 5: Applied Research Methods in Sport & Exercise Science (coursework)
Unit 6: Coaching for Performance and Fitness (combination of practical and theoretical coursework components)
Unit 13: Nutrition for Sport & Exercise Performance (assessed by external exam 3 hour paper at the end of Year 2)
Unit 7: Biomechanics in Sport & Exercise Science (coursework)
Unit 8: Specialised Fitness Training (combination of practical and theoretical coursework components)
Unit 9: Research Project in Sport & Exercise Science (coursework)
Unit 10: Physical Activity for Individual and Group-Based Exercise (combination of practical and theoretical coursework components)
Unit 11: Sports Massage (combination of practical and theoretical coursework components)
Unit 15: Sports Injury and Assessment (combination of practical and theoretical coursework components)
*Could be subject to change depending on cohort and interests
What specific skills, knowledge and behaviours will you develop?
Cognitive and Problem-Solving Skills – you will be able to use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems and apply expert and creative solutions, use systems and technology
Intrapersonal Skills – communication, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing and self-presentation, ability to give presentations and being ‘active’ group members
Interpersonal Skills – self management, adaptability and resilience, self–monitoring and development, ability to learn independently, the ability to research actively and methodically
Undertake real-life activities and apply theory to practical contexts e.g. Sports Coaching and Sports Massage
Those that study this course typically progress onto higher levels of study at university. Although there are multiple progression opportunities, which include: studying a Higher Apprenticeship, a degree (either at UCSD or external universities), studying a BTEC Higher National Qualification or entering full time Employment within the sector.
Please choose your preferred study option below (subject to change).
This course costs: £
If the amount shown is more than £0.00 and you are aged 19 and over at the start of the course, you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to fully subsidised or reduced tuition fees.
This course is fully funded for 16-18 year olds (if applicable to the course).
You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment.
To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.
"There's so many different sports you can play at the College such as football, basketball, netball, canoeing and rock climbing. The teachers treat you with respect and maturity and teach you the perfect mix of practical and theory."Cameron Webb