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Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Essex College

Course description

This course will prepare you for a career in the sport industry or as a stepping stone to a Higher Education course at University. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels.

We are also offer students the opportunity to study for an additional A-level alongside their vocational qualification. 

Students studying a combination of an A-level with a BTEC qualification will maximise progression opportunities to traditional higher education institutions and will enhance employment prospects.

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Course content

Year one:

  • anatomy for sport and exercise
  • sport and exercise physiology
  • sport and exercise psychology
  • research methods for sport and exercise sciences
  • fItness testing for sport and exercise
  • exercise, health and lifestyle
  • sports nutrition
  • current issues in sport
  • sports coaching
  • maths and English

Year two:

  • research project in sport and exercise sciences
  • sports biomechanics in action
  • fitness training and programming
  • sports injuries
  • practical team sports
  • applied sport and exercise psychology
  • applied sport and exercise physiology
  • work experience in sport
  • laboratory and experimental methods in sport and exercise sciences 

You can study A-level Biology alongside this course.

Entry requirements

  • two GCSEs at grade C or above including science and physical education, in addition to maths at grade four or above and English at grade four or above, or
  • GCSEs at grade C or above in maths, English, science and physical education, or
  • Sport and Active Leisure Level 2 Diploma, maths at grade four or above and English at grade four or above, or equivalent
  • successful attendance at interview event and satisfactory references


  • presentations, reports, essays, exhibitions, discussions, group work and individual assessments

Financial information

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment

Future opportunities

  • higher education at university or college, including our BSc (Hons) Sport Studies at University Centre Southend

Further information

Functional Skills at Level 2 in English and Maths

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Essex College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2017
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