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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science - Year 1

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Course Description

Are you passionate about Sport and Exercise Science? Do you wish to pursue a career in the Sports Science industry? The career opportunities for learners in this field have increased significantly in recent years, and that rise looks set to continue.

Spectators of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will have seen the role of sport and exercise science in the development and success of the athletes. Experts in psychology, physiology and biomechanics have helped sporting professionals improve their everyday training and their ability to compete at the highest level. When things go wrong, when an athlete is injured, the sport and exercise science professional can help.

With marginal differences determining winning and losing, the sport and exercise professional is now a key figure of any elite sporting environment across multiple sporting disciplines.

Our outstanding sports science lab ensure you will learn and develop with the latest industry standard equipment, with many of our graduates going on to careers in sports science and the world of sports therapy and rehabilitation.

This course is taught at our Middleton campus, located in Middleton, Greater Manchester.


EDEXCEL Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English, Mathematics and Science. Alternatively, the BTEC Level 3 90 credit Introductory Qualification, NVQ Level 2, or VRQ Level 2.


This course is run by qualified, highly respected and well-known professional coaches with unique training programmes that include specialist advice on nutrition, sports therapy, sports psychology and skill development.

Topics on this course:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
  • Field and Laboratory based Fitness Testing
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Injury and Massage

Choosing this course will also give you the unique opportunity to gain additional qualifications alongside core BTEC study programme. These include:

  • A First Aid in Sport Award
  • Level 1 in Strength and Conditioning
  • ‘Extended Project’ (Independent Research Project to obtain additional UCAS points)

Work Experience

There is no specific work experience required or undertaken for this course however, you will obtain the skills and knowledge that you need in order to progress into a career in the sports industry.


Upon completion of this course, you have a number of options to choose from. If you wish to continue your studies, this course provides UCAS points in the range of 120-420, which can help with entry to higher education or provide enough on its own depending on the degree/course chosen and institution.

We also offer apprenticeship vacancies in sport. Please ask for more details at your interview.

Alternatively, if you think it's time to enter employment, there is a range of possible careers for you to pursue as: Sport Coaching, Sports Development, Leisure Centre Assistant or Supervisor, Teaching, PE Assistant in Schools, Armed Forces, Sports Therapist, Sports Journalist, Sports Business & Marketing, Gym Instructor or NHS Public Health Initiatives.

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