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Sport - BTEC Foundation Diploma in Sport And Exercise Science Level 3 at North Kent College

Course description

The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science is suited to students who wish to continue their academic studies in a specialised educational area. The course is aimed at 16-19 year olds who have just completed their GCSEs, or are looking to get back into education to study in this expanding and desirable subject area. The course provides a solid grounding for students wishing to enter the world of Sport and its associated industries, either through progression to university or by entering employment.

Course content

The course consists of 6 units. During the academic year the units will be studied and assessed which will lead to achievement in a Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science. On completion of the Foundation Diploma you will discuss with your tutors whether you wish to continue onto the Extended Diploma or to progress to employment or other courses in the area. Units include: Functional Anatomy; Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology; Applied Research Methods in Sport & Exercise Science; Coaching for Performance & Fitness; Sports Massage; Physical Activity for Individual & Group Based Exercise.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grades A*- C; these must include English and Maths; PE is also desirable or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport at a Merit grade. Successful applicants must be willing to be involved in all aspects of sport, including practical as well as theoretical.


How will I be assessed? A wide variety of assessments will be used. The BTEC programme will use continuous assessments and examinations. You will be able to track your performance as you work towards the pass, merit and distinction grades. Methods of assessment will include: structured exams, open book exams, reports, presentations, practical demonstrations, coaching sessions, posters, leaflets, experiments, interviews and discussions. To facilitate assessment, you will be expected to devote personal time for your studies.

How will I be taught? The programme is a combination of practical training and classroom theory sessions. Each lesson will provide you with assessment opportunities as you work to achieve your goals and targets. You will need an active passion in sport and your tutors will encourage you to discuss your own achievements as well as the issues in modern sport.

Financial information

Tuition Fees: 16-18 - free

19+Advanced Learning Loan - £TBC

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £190. This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

Appropriate sports shoes must be worn in the Osterberg Sports Centre for practical sessions.  Additional trips and visits will be available and further information can be gained from staff.


Future opportunities

What can I do when I finish my course? The majority of learner’s progress onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science. Due to the diverse nature of the course, students are well suited to continuing their studies with degrees in sports science, sports coaching, P.E & sport, sports studies and sports management being amongst the most popular. If you want to progress into employment the following areas in the sports and leisure industry would be suitable; health & fitness, leisure centre management, general sports coaching, sports science along with sports development.

What qualification will I gain? BTEC Level 3 NQF - Foundation Diploma in Sport

Further information

Additional Courses? During the course, there will be opportunities to achieve other qualifications in addition to your main BTEC programme. These additional qualifications may include work skills, drug awareness, first-aid, sport-specific coaching badges, gym instructing and other sport-related qualifications. Please note - there may be an additional cost to these courses.

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: 05 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: L8D127P
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  • Number of planned places: 37