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Sport & Exercise Science (Level 3)

Key course information

Sport and Public Services


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

To work in Sport and Exercise Science you require a range of interdisciplinary skills This qualification comprises of a selection of mandatory and optional units to enable learners to experience a range of areas within the field of study. A combination of both practical and theory-based learning will ensure learners are adequately prepared for the next step towards their desired sports related career.Students may have the opportunity to gain further qualifications such as coaching awards, first aid and fitness instructing.

What will I learn?

The course will require you to complete the following mandatory units:

Foundation Diploma – Year One of Study

Functional Anatomy 90 credits
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 120 credits
Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science 90 credits
Coaching for Performance and Fitness 90 credits

Extended Diploma – Year two of Study

Sport and Exercise Physiology 120 credits
Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing 90 credits
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance 120 credits

There are also a number of optional units, which may include some of the following:

Sports Massage 60 credits
Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science 60 credits
Specialised Fitness Testing 60 credits
Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise 60 credits
Sports Injury and Assessment 60 credits

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs Grade 4/C or above
• A BTEC / NCFE Level 2 Diploma Merit grade or above
• Grade 4/C or above in maths and English
• A satisfactory interview / reference

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment is primarily by portfolio building, but will include some practical assessments and presentations. There is a substantial amount of theory which is backed up by practical pathways. Throughout the two-year study programme there are four externally assessed units which are completed under exam style conditions.

The Learning Resources Centre is available to enhance research and studying and electronic resources are available online.
This is a two-year course. In each year of the programme, you will be required to complete a 50-day work placement with an employer in an industry related to your course of study. This is a compulsory part of your programme and you will be expected to complete your work placement on non-college days.
You will be provided with additional information and guidance at interview, enrolment and during induction. The College will assist you in finding suitable placement opportunities in the industry and will support you throughout.

Additional Costs and Information

A charge of approximately £350 will be required for off-site visits, equipment and uniform if you are doing this course.

Financial assistance may be available for students who qualify. Students should contact Customer Services at the College for further details and a bursary application form.

Year 1: consists of a Foundation Diploma programme after which students will enrol onto Year 2 and complete a full BTEC Level 3 national Extended Diploma ensuring progression to University level courses, higher apprenticeships or employment.
Students who leave after successfully completing Year 1 with a BTEC Foundation Diploma (which is equivalent to 1 ½ A levels) can use this qualification to support progression into employment or further training.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Sport and Public Services

Career Opportunities

  • Coach/Instructor
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Scientist

  • Public Services
  • Border Force
  • Offender Management and Rehabilitation

There are an estimated 5.39 million people employed in the public sector

The Sports Industry is worth £23.8 billion to the UK economy

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