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Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Extended Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is for anyone who is interested in sport, fitness or coaching. This course is designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for success in current and future employment in sport and related industries. It is equivalent to three A levels, which can enable you to progress onto University after successful completion of the course.

Course content

You will study 6 core units: Anatomy for sport and exercise, sport & exercise physiology, sport & exercise psychology, research methods, research project & fitness testing. You will also study 12 additional units which will range from sports injuries to nutrition.

Entry requirements

You will need to have four GCSEs at grade C or above (Maths & English desired to be C or above) or equivalent level 2 qualifications related to sport.


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including identification test, practical assessments/observations, and written assignments. An overall grade for each unit will be awarded and then a final grade for the award at the end of the academic year (pass, merit or distinction).

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could progress to University to study sport science related courses such as physiotherapy, sports psychology, coaching, sports development or teaching. Or you could go straight into related sports employment such as the health & fitness industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016

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    • You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.

      We have recently invested £6.5 million at the campus and our excellent training facilities include:

      • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
      • Engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops equipped with the latest technologies
      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
      • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork, tiling and painting and decorating
      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
      • Learning Resource Centre with a range of learning material resources, an IT suite and quiet study areas.