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

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Course Description

The career opportunities for sport and exercise science students have increased 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 professional sportsmen and women 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.


Pearsons Level 3 Sports Science

Entry Requirements

GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English and Mathematics. 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

Learners that choose to study this course will also have 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, students obtain the skills and knowledge that they need in order to progress into a career in the sports industry.


Upon completion of this course, students have a number of options to choose from. If they wish to continue their 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.

For other students, it will be time to enter employment with possible careers such 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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