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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports & Exercise Science at St George's Park Graves

Course description

This course has been developed in partnership with industry experts and ex-professional players as an applied science qualification with a key focus on football.

It is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education or employment within the sport and exercise science sector. The qualification is wide-ranging and equivalent in size to three A Levels, and has been designed as a full two-year study programme.

The qualification gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin study of the sport and exercise science sector with a key focus on football, and gives learners additional breadth and depth to prepare them fully for further study or training.

Course content

Course Structure

Students will be able to pick from different education pathways to ensure their education meets their needs and the needs of their preferred industry pathway. All pathways have been designed to ensure students complete with a recognised sports science qualification however each pathway has been tailored with professional industry input.


All students will complete 7 mandatory

units. These core/mandatory units are equivalent in weight to two A Levels.

• Sport and Exercise Physiology

• Functional Anatomy

• Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

• Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing

• Applied Research Methods in Sport and

   Exercise Science

• Coaching for Performance and Fitness

• Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance


Additional to the mandatory units there are a further 19 specialist units and qualifications that students may undertake to tailor their course, to align with industry areas of employment within sport and football. Each student will be required to select a pathway from the choices below:

Professional Football Pathway

Football Coaching Pathway

Strength & Conditioning Pathway

Physiotherapy Pathway

Refereeing Pathway

More details of these pathways can be found in the prospectus


Entry requirements

Students are more likely to gain a place if they have 5 GCSE passes including 1 GCSE at grade C.

During course interview each learner will be reviewed individually. Learners may still enrol on the Level 2 course if the above requirements are not met as learners may demonstrate the ability to succeed in other ways.

For example:

learners may have relevant work experience or specific aptitude shown through diagnostic tests or non-education experience.


What to do if I don’t get the grades?

If a student does not meet the entry requirements above then in year one they may be enrolled onto BTEC Level 1 in sport. Oncethis is complete then they will progress to the BTEC Level 2 Sports.


Enhance your Maths & English skills

Students will also have the opportunity to enhance their Maths and English including re-sitting their GSCE’s or completing functional skills in all pathways.


The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports & Exercise Science will be internally assessed by your educational tutor as well as other team members making up the percentages that are stated below.

70% internal assessment

30% external assessment

Financial information

Students that enrol onto the course will be between the ages of 16-18 years old. With the educational guidelines the students do not need to fund the education and receive their education for free.

Future opportunities

Semi professional & Professional Football

The coaching received from our highly qualified and ex-professional coaches, you could earn the opportunity to play at a Semi professional or Professional level through the contacts of the coaches and the showcase and trial games that are organised between the coaches at local and professional football clubs. The showcase and trial games could include the possibility of getting scouted from National and International agents.



Through the completion of your chosen education course you will be accounted UCAS points, Grade depending. The UCAS points you earn can be allocated to your ideal University Course. The Sports and Exercise Science Qualification opens numerous avenues in the sporting world to start your chosen career. Whether it is football, sports coaching, physiotherapy plus many more opportunities. Full UCAS support will be given by our trained staff.


Other Higher Education Courses

The Sports and Exercise Qualification can also offer progression into other Higher Education Courses. Including progression into an Apprenticeship or Trainee position within your desired career in the sports industry.



With our contacts in the football industry you could have the opportunity to build relationships within your work experience and showcase your abilities to gain employment by your chosen suiter.

Further information

For further information about this course please go to

or contact

Rich Clarke  07943285531 


Dale Webster  07889943374


Darren Cox  07956176956



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 November 2017
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    • The St Georges Park Site offers excellent top of the range 3G faciltiies consisting of 2 full 11 a-side.

      The football pitches will be in excellent condition to give you the best football experience possible, or any other pathway you desire to take. 

      The education suite will offer an excellent learning environment that is all based and tailored with football. The students will find the venue to be an excellent learning environment to offer the education and pursue their career pathways.