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Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Reading College

Course description

The Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is a two year programme that is equivalent to three A Levels for people who wish to work in the rapidly growing sports and leisure industry. The course is made up of 18 units and looks at a variety of different areas of sport.

You will gain a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science.

Course content

The course is made up of 18 units and looks at a variety of different areas of sport including: 

  • anatomy for sport and exercise 
  • sport and exercise physiology 
  • sport and exercise psychology 
  • research methods for sport and exercise sciences 
  • research project in sport and exercise sciences 
  • sports biomechanics in action

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including Science, Maths and English 


  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sports or Science with merit or higher and functional skills at Level 2 in Maths and English.

Future opportunities

On completion you can progress on to Sport and Exercise related degree or higher education courses, such as: Sports Science, Coaching, Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy, Clinical Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Strength and Conditioning.

Further information

You will have access to the College Gym, a science lab and access to an indoor sport hall at Reading University.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.