Sport and Exercise Science
Faculty of Sport, Leisure and Tourism
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Sport, Leisure and Tourism Level 3 - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Victoria House 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This course combines the examinable, written and practical elements of sport and exercise sciences through the study of 15 elements over two years. This is equivalent to three A Levels. You will be given the opportunity to learn about sport and exercise sciences in a practical and applied environment, while potential selection into one of our Sports Academies will allow you to combine your academic studies with improving your sporting performance.

The course is made up of 15 units including eight mandatory units with four being externally assessed. In your first year you will study the National Foundation Diploma progressing to the National Extended Diploma in year 2.

This course is ideal if you have aspirations of learning more about a career in the sports industry, want to prepare yourself for a higher education pathway in sport or are passionate about sport and exercise sciences.

You will be taught in many ways including realistic vocational situations and activities. Assessments are either externally examinable, controlled assessments or coursework.

You may have the opportunity to study additional options, for example: CYQ Level 2 - Fitness Instructor Qualification.

For further information contact Faculty of Sport Leisure and Tourism: 01392 400431

What topics will I study?

This course combines the practical and theoretical elements of Sport and Exercise Science through the study of 15 Units, including:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology (external assessment, 1.5 hr exam)
  • Functional Anatomy (external assessment, 1.5 hr exam)
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (2 hr controlled assessment)
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance (2 hr controlled assessment)
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Sports Injury and assessment

This course is linked to our Sports Academy. These activities are carried out in addition to the Level 3 programme. Cost is dependent on sport - please visit our Sports Academy webpage. 

What experiences will I get?

Your programme will take place within the Faculty of Sport, Leisure and Tourism where you will also be provided the opportunity to be involved in sporting enrichment activities.

What are the entry requirements?

To study Sport and Exercise Science you will need to achieve six GCSE’s including English at a grade 4, Mathematics at a grade 5 and two science grades at 6 or above. GCSE PE can also be considered in place of one of the science grades.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

Victoria House is the main building used by the Faculty of Sport, Leisure and Tourism for the delivery of your programme of study. You will also have access to Central Fitness, our fitness testing facility, Sports Hall, Exwick Pavilion and all other aspects of the faculty’s provision.

What can the course lead on to?

After completing this course you will be ideally suited progression to Higher education such a Foundation Degree in Coaching and Fitness or Sports Therapy at Exeter College or a relevant degree at another university. If you prefer, you can move straight onto a career in professional sport or any part of the extensive Sport and Fitness Industry. You will have supportive tutorials to help make your future career choices. The college provision has good industry links with local employers.

Are there any additional costs?

  • Practical sports kit £60
  • Optional textbooks £50 approx.
  • You will need to supply your own stationery
  • Additional visits – see resource leaflet

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.


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