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 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 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 8 mandatory units with 3 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

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:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (external assessment, 1.5 hr exam)
  • Fitness Training and Programming (2 hr controlled assessment)
  • Development and Provision of Sport (2 hr controlled assessment)
  • Sports Psychology
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Sports Injury Management
  • The Athletes Lifestyle
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

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?

Standard entry requirements: Grade 4 in English Language. Plus, you will need an additional four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: A genuine interest in the theoretical side of sport.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses, however in year two there may be the opportunity to study additional options, for example, CYQ Level 2 – Fitness Instructor.

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?

This course prepares you for our Coaching and Fitness, Football Coaching or Sports Therapy Foundation Degrees at Exeter College, or alternative university study. Alternatively, you could enter employment in the sport and fitness industry.

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

What do our students think?

I chose Exeter College mainly for the opportunities in rugby to play at a higher level (AASE league). You get a great bond quick and there is lot of banter that is thrown by both students and tutors. It’s friendly here and no one criticises you, they take you for who you are. I’m hoping to get a contract in rugby but if not then do a personal trainer course.”

I have found the course to be hugely beneficial to my sporting performances, whilst also preparing me for any future career pathways in sport. I have loved the fact that the qualification is completed through coursework, as I have always found exams very stressful and not a true reflection of my overall ability.”

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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