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Sports and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

This course focuses on the application of scientific principles to sports performance and coaching. Individual group and project type experiments are carried out with the latest equipment from our sports science laboratory. Practical sports take place on the college site or in nearby specialist facilities. Residential visits are included to enhance both theoretical and practical work. Sports psychology, sports massage and research methods in sport are among the units delivered. This course is an alternative to AS/A levels for those who wish to pursue a career in the field of sport, sport science, sports coaching or professional sports. Alongside this course, students may be offered the opportunity to study for a fitness instructor qualification or take some coaching and proficiency awards, which will enhance your prospects of employment or higher education.

Alongside this course, students may be offered the opportunity to study for a fitness instructor qualification, which will enhance your prospects of employment or higher education.

 

Exam board: Edexcel

 

STARTS IN SEPTEMBER

  • What will I study and learn?

    Units will include:

    • Anatomy for Sport and Exercise

    • Sport and Exercise Psychology

    • Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Sciences

    • Analysis of Sports Performance

    • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

    • Sport and Exercise Massage

  • How is the course assessed?

    Each unit consists of between 2-4 assignments which have to be completed throughout the course. Some units may be fulfilled through open book assessments. Evidence for your portfolio is gathered from written assignments, video evidence of practical ability, investigation work, practical experiments, role play and work experience. For example, in sports psychology, you will be asked to examine different psychological theories to analyse athlete’s behaviour, identify strengths and weaknesses and the effect of different coaching strategies/approaches on athletic performance.

    Subject to requirements from governing bodies, external assessment and exams may be introduced for some units.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will need to have an interest in both sport and science along with good English and mathematical skills. You must also possess good organisational and communication skills, a proven record of good attendance and punctuality, and participate regularly in sport or physical activity.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need: 5 GCSEs (Grades A*-C) including GCSE English and Maths at grade 5, and Science at a minimum of grade C For internal progression from L3 BTEC 90 Credit you will need to have achieved at least a merit in Unit 1 Anatomy and Physiology and a strong overall profile of DM or above.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    This course provides an alternative route to the 3 AS/A qualification for those who wish to pursue a career in the field of sport, leisure or recreation. You can go on to higher education to study a degree in sports science, sports psychology, sports therapy or PE teaching. Those who wish to pursue careers in sports coaching, strength and conditioning or professional sport would also find the course highly useful.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will be expected to pay approximately £30 for student materials each year. Local, occasional trips will cost £10-£15 and multiple outdoor activity trips cost between £150 and £350. You will also need a sports kit for practical sessions.

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