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Sport and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 National Diploma NQF at Lea Valley High School

Course description

The qualification gives students the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin study of the sport and exercise science sector, and gives students additional breadth and depth to prepare them fully for further study or training. This includes the opportunity for students to choose several topics from a selection of options reflecting progression in sport and exercise science.

Course content

This National Extended Diploma is worth 720 guided learning hours (GLH) equivalent to two A Levels. Taken alongside a further qualification related to their chosen field, for example a BTEC Certificate in Business, this qualification is for learners who are intending to study towards a degree in the sport and exercise sector.

The students will be awarded a grade for each unit – Pass (equivalent to a grade E), Merit (equivalent to a grade C) or Distinction (equivalent to a grade A). During the course students will study a total of eight units over two years.


Within the first year, the following mandatory units will be taught and assessed:

Unit 1: Sports and Exercise Physiology (120GLH)

Unit 2: Functional Anatomy (90 GLH)

Unit 3: Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (120 GLH)

Unit 4: Field and Laboratory Based Fitness Testing (120 GLH)

Unit 5: Applied Research Methods in Sport & Exercise Science (90 GLH)

Unit 6: Coaching for Performance and Fitness (90 GLH)


The remaining two units to be taught and assessed are on topics such as biomechanics, specialised fitness training, sports massage, injury and assessment and socio‐cultural issues in sport.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A* ‐ C including Mathematics and English Language at grade C or better


Assessment is by three methods:

Internal Assessment: Marked by their class teacher

Controlled Assessment: Set and marked by the Examining Body (Pearson)

Written Exam: Set and marked by the Examining Body (Pearson)

Future opportunities

BTEC Sports and Exercise Science students can go on to study higher level courses, including foundation degrees and undergraduate degrees. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant sports and sport‐related courses.  When taken alongside other qualifications in the study programme, learners can progress to higher education courses, for example:

  • It could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Social Science, leading to a sports coaching role
  • It could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation, leading to roles as a sports rehabilitator or physiotherapist
  • It could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences, leading to roles such as a physical education teacher

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

Further information

Further Reading:

Sport and Exercise Science: An introduction

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lea Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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