Sport and exercise science (RQF) Pearson's BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

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Ready for a career in sport? This course will help you to get ahead of the competition.

This course will give you excellent knowledge and experience to prepare you for working in the sport or leisure industry, or for progression onto a higher-level course at university.

What I'll learn

You study 18 modules over the two years including:

  • principles of anatomy and physiology
  • physiology for fitness
  • psychology
  • assessing risks
  • fitness testing and training exercise
  • health and lifestyle
  • nutrition
  • coaching
  • practical team / individual sport analysis of sport performance leadershipin sport
  • organising sport
  • sport as a business
  • sports development
  • instructing physical activity
  • injuries massage
  • work experience

The qualification awarded is the Edexcel Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science and functional skills qualifications in English maths or ICT. You also gain by improving the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment including self-confidence speaking in front of others working with others taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from a valuable insight into future careers open to you.


How I'll learn

Approximately 60% of your time at college is classroom-based with an active approach to the theory subjects. The remainder of the time will be practical activities in the sports hall or gym such as fitness coaching or practical sport. A strong emphasis of the practical sessions is placed on working and learning with others and you are regularly set tasks to complete in partnership with other students. You also need to be able to work independently and take responsibility for your own learning. Throughout the course you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills by participating in community activities and schools partnerships. You will also have ongoing tutorial support to help you achieve the qualification.


How I'll be assessed

Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets. Formal assessment is through assignments projects presentations and practical assessments which are set at regular intervals throughout the course. The functional skills in English maths or ICT is assessed by an external exam.


Entry Requirements

Five or more GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language, science and maths or BTEC level 2 Diploma grade Merit or Distinction plus GCSE grade 4 (C) or above or Functional Skills at level 2 in English and maths.

If you are interested in a Level 3 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

Applying for one of our programmes is easy.

You can apply for a vocational programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘Apply now’ on your chosen programme page. You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application. As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.) Printed application forms are also available on request by calling us on 0800 612 6008 or visiting us at one of our college Advice Centres. Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.


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