Sport & Exercise Science Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma Level 3
The content of this qualification has been created to support student’s progression to higher education. The qualification gives learners 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.
4 or 5 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)
E = external assessment
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?
In the first year you will complete one external set examination in Anatomy and one externally set controlled assessment in Psychology. All other units will be assessed through internally set assignments.
Good course combinations
This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.
Your next steps
The vast majority of students progress onto 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.