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Sport and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 at Thomas Tallis School

Course description

The course aims to introduce students to a wide variety of experiences and knowledge within sport. There is a substantial scientific component to this course and it is demanding. There are two written exams regardless of whether you take the Diploma or the Extended Diploma, and these focus on sport and exercise physiology, and functional anatomy.

Our BTEC National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science consists of eight units and is the equivalent of two A-levels. Of these eight units, five are assessed through a range of coursework and internally assessed tasks, two are the written exam units mentioned above, and one is an externally set and assessed coursework task.

Our BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science adds another five units to the eight above. The written exams are the same, but an additional coursework task is externally set and assessed.

This is a challenging course. There is plenty of practical study, but also theoretical components such as the physiology and anatomy units. Students will need to be good at working with others, very organised around their deadlines, and excellent writers. Students will also need to work very hard towards the examined component each year – you must be good against the clock, and also willing to revise really thoroughly.

We are in the process of choosing our precise areas of study from the extensive list the course allows.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including Maths, English and Science, or Distinction/Merit in BTEC Level II Sport Diploma.


There are a total of 8 (Dip) or 13 (Ext Dip) units over the 2 years.
There are two written exam papers – one is taken each year. Depending on the course you take, there are either 1 or 2 externally assessed coursework pieces also.

Future opportunities

Teaching, particularly PE teaching, sports and coaching courses, leisure management, general management degrees. Students who achieve top grades may be able to apply for some physiotherapy or sports therapy courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Tallis School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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