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This BTEC Level 3 qualification is intended for learners who are considering a career within sports coaching, performance analysis, health and fitness, sport therapy or sports psychology.

  • What will I learn?

    You will develop your understanding of sport and exercise anatomy and physiology, applied sport and exercise psychology, specialised fitness testing and training as well as coaching, nutrition and technology for sport and exercise performance.

    The course will involve a good combination of both practical and academic elements and will enable you to develop a foundation of skills, knowledge and understanding that will provide you opportunity to progress to study on a degree in sport and exercise science, health or fitness.

    Students will have the taught aspects of the qualification split with approximately 70% theory and 30% practical sessions.

  • Example modules

    • Functional Anatomy
    • Specialised Fitness Testing and Training
    • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
    • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
    • Nutrition for Performance and Fitness
  • How will I be assessed?

    The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science has 4 external exams including written exams and case studies and as you will be assessed through written assignments, presentations and practical assessments.

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) (or Level 2 BTEC qualifications at Merit) including Maths, English and Science at grade 4 (C).

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    The sport and exercise science sector continues to grow and now has increasing influence within the professional sports industry and many professional sports teams now employing a range of sport and exercise scientists within a lab and on the field of play.

    Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded the Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development and students who achieve a DMM grade will have the opportunity to progress into higher education to study a degree in sport, health or fitness.

    Career opportunities include: Sports Psychologist, Sport and Exercise Scientist, Sports Nutritionist, Sports Therapist, Sports Physiotherapist

  • Additional Information

    Students will be expected to purchase the college sports kit. Students will attend placements within a range of sport, health and fitness settings.

    There may be additional costs for trips and other course related items, find out more on our online store.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 3
Study Mode Full-Time Course
Start Date September
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code FSPORL3DP-1
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