Thinking of pursuing a career in the sports industry? Interested in the science behind sporting success, such as how good nutrition boosts results? Then BTEC Sport and Exercise Science is the course for you!

This qualification supports a huge range of careers in the sports industry, and progression to degree level study. You’ll explore a broad and interesting range of topics covering areas such as fitness, nutrition and the science behind elite athletic performance.

We offer this course at three separate levels, and the qualification level you opt for will be determined by your future career plans.

This BTEC Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level. 

 You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 4 within GCSE Science or a pass in a vocational Level 2 Science qualification.  

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

The topics you study will prepare you for a varied range of roles and degree level courses, and ensure you are prepared for your future in this vibrant and rewarding sector. The range of topics you will study increases in line with the qualification level of your studies. For this 1 A Level equivalent course, topics include:

- Functional anatomy
- Applied psychology
- Coaching for performance and fitness
- Physical activity for individual and group based exercise.

You’ll gain valuable sector experience throughout your time on the course, combining your classroom learning with high quality industry work placements, trips and visits.

Our students have developed their skills and knowledge through placements at Opta Sports, visits to the English Institute of Sport and physical activity at Rokt activity centre, as well as a range of outdoor challenges.

You will carry out your learning in our state-of-the-art facilities including our Fitness Suite, Sports Barn, Sports Hall and Fitness Lab. Through interactive activities such as group work, role play and presentations, you will improve your self-confidence and communication skills – both of which are essential in the world of work.

You’ll also benefit from various opportunities to gain additional qualifications in areas including coaching and fitness.

Assessment is via a mix of presentations, group work and assignments and externally assessed exams. 

This course supports you to pursue a range of career paths in the industry. Many of our students progress on to university degrees that can lead to careers in Nutrition, Sports Therapy, Sports Analysis, Teaching and Sports Psychology – there are a vast range of opportunities which our industry links will help you to explore. This course can provide access to the workplace too, including apprenticeships.


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You’ll not only have the chance to gain a coaching qualification as part of the course, you’ll also have the opportunity to put your skills into practice by taking part in our fun range of enrichment activities, which could see you coaching local primary school pupils or even running a sports day!

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