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Sport and Exercise Sciences Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Essex College

Course description

This course will prepare you for a career in the sport industry or as a stepping stone to a Higher Education course at University. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels.

We are also offer students the opportunity to study for an additional A-level alongside their vocational qualification. 

Students studying a combination of an A-level with a BTEC qualification will maximise progression opportunities to traditional higher education institutions and will enhance employment prospects.

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Entry requirements

Year one:

  • anatomy for sport and exercise
  • sport and exercise physiology
  • sport and exercise psychology
  • research methods for sport and exercise sciences
  • fItness testing for sport and exercise
  • exercise, health and lifestyle
  • sports nutrition
  • current issues in sport
  • sports coaching
  • maths and English

Year two:

  • research project in sport and exercise sciences
  • sports biomechanics in action
  • fitness training and programming
  • sports injuries
  • practical team sports
  • applied sport and exercise psychology
  • applied sport and exercise physiology
  • work experience in sport
  • laboratory and experimental methods in sport and exercise sciences 

You can study A-level Biology alongside this course.


  • two GCSEs at grade C or above including science and physical education, in addition to maths at grade four or above and English at grade four or above, or
  • GCSEs at grade C or above in maths, English, science and physical education, or
  • Sport and Active Leisure Level 2 Diploma, maths at grade four or above and English at grade four or above, or equivalent
  • successful attendance at interview event and satisfactory references

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  • presentations, reports, essays, exhibitions, discussions, group work and individual assessments

Future opportunities

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment

Further information

  • higher education at university or college, including our BSc (Hons) Sport Studies at University Centre Southend

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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