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Vocational & T Level

Sport & Exercise Science Extended Diploma Level 3

Subject Area
Sport & Uniformed Service
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
2 years
Level 3

The content of this qualification has been created to support student’s progression to higher education. The qualification gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the sport and exercise science sector to prepare them for further study or training at a higher level.

With a mix of theory sessions and practical sessions for applied learning, the course aims to develop a sound and in-depth understanding, knowledge and skillset that underpin the science of sport and what drives sporting success.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE subjects at grade 4 or above including English and Maths. A strong grade in Science is preferred.

What will I study?

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is made up of a range of compulsory units, which include:

  • Functional Anatomy (E)
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (E)
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise
  • Sports Massage (Year 2)
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance (Year 2)
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science (Year 2)

E = external assessment

Additional costs

All students are expected to purchase a practical kit. There is also a course contribution cost to support the trips and visits organised across the year to enhance students' learning. For further information please speak to our tutors at open events and guidance discussions.

Method of delivery

This is a mainly theoretical course, albeit very applied. You will have a range of theory sessions in anatomy and physiology (often using the sports science lab), sports psychology and research methods. You will have two practical sessions a week in fitness and sports coaching.

How will I be assessed?

Across the two years there will be a combination of internal and external assessments.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

The vast majority of students progress on to higher education courses relating to sport and exercise sciences, sports therapy, physiotherapy, sports psychology, and PE teaching; although there have also been examples of students progressing on to non-traditional options including law. Employment progression has included fitness instructing, personal training and coaching. Some students secure higher education scholarships in the UK or abroad, combining their studies with student athlete programmes.

Rosie Gage web3

I chose this course as I liked all the theory side and how the practical is just applying the theory element. There’s so much to learn and so much variety of topics, which aid in all sorts of sporting or medical careers. My personal favourite topic over the two years has been functional anatomy – I really enjoyed the content I learnt and how it was taught.

Sport & Exercise Science Extended Diploma Level 3
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