You will study topics which examine both the science that underpins sport and exercise and work related units including:

  • 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 Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a Grade 4 within GCSE Single/Combined Science or a pass in a vocational Level 2 Science qualification. If you have taken GCSE PE, a grade 4/ vocational equivalent is required. 

The Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma will form your whole study programme. You will gain a total insight into the fundamentals of sport science including coaching, nutrition, sports injuries, performance analysis and biomechanics and you should have a passion for sport. You may have the opportunity to access external coaching awards, a first aid qualification 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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