Topics covered will depend on the qualification studied. Examples of topic areas include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Applied sport and exercise psychology
  • Biomechanics in sport and exercise science
  • Sports massage
  • Coaching for performance and fitness
  • Field and laboratory-based fitness testing
  • Nutrition for sport and exercise performance 
  • Applied research methods in sport and exercise 

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A minimum of a Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and one Grade 4 within GCSE Single/ Combined Science or a pass in a vocational Level 2 Science qualification. You will also require a minimum of a Grade 4 in GCSE PE/ pass in Level 2 Science. 

The Extended Certificate/Diploma will be taken alongside 1 other subject and therefore will form a large part of your study programme. It will give you a more in-depth insight into sport science principles and you may have the opportunity to access external coaching and fitness qualifications. 

All modules are assessed through a variety of methods including presentations, interviews, group work and written assignments.

Please note the awarding body for all BTEC qualifications recently made the decision to extend the current BTEC courses in our offer beyond 2018. This means that for 2018 entry, all Level 3 vocational subjects will continue to be assessed by coursework only, with the exception of Art and Design.


There is potential for you to progress onto a wide range of university degrees leading to careers in sport and exercise science, sports coaching, sports development or teaching

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