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Sports and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3

The Sport and Exercise Science 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 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.


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and technical programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course. An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


Exam board: Pearson



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  • 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?

    Minimum requirements - 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English, Maths and Science at grade 4


    Level 2 Diploma at Distinction/Merit plus GCSE English, Maths and Science at grade 4.

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

    This course provides an alternative route to the 3 A Level qualifications 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 i n 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.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

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