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Sport Science Diploma/Extended Diploma Level 3 at West Lancashire College

Course description

This course will give you an overview of a range of different sports and exercise skills. The Sports Diploma/Extended Diploma Level 3 is the equivalent of 3 A Levels, which will give you access to degree level on successful completion. Activities will include Football, Netball, Judo, Rock Climbing and Swimming, La Crosse, Badminton, Excercise & Fitness sessions and Circut Training.

This course is for students who want to study an academic programme to broaden their specialist focus, either to prepare for employment or to progress to a higher level course. Students on the Performance & Excellence stream will benefit from intensive training.

Successful students tend to be:

  • knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their sport
  • persevering and patient
  • good at motivating people
  • good communicators and listeners.

Course content

On this course you will study the Sports Science Extended Diploma Level 3, plus Functional Skills in Communication, IT and Application of Number (at the appropriate level).

Units Include:

  • Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sports Biomechanics
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Practical Team and Individual Sport

Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, (including English, maths, physical education and science); or a GNVQ Intermediate Level 2 in a related subject; or equivalent qualifications. Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course. We are interested in your enthusiasm and commitment to succeed.


Assessment will be by

  • practical assignments
  • written assignments
  • home study
  • assessments

The awarding body for this course is Edexcel (BTEC).

Future opportunities

These include: Sports Physiotherapist, PE Teacher, Sports Psychologist, Sports Nutritionist, Sports Scientist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Fitness Instructor or Coach and Sport Therapist

If you successfully complete a Level 3 course you are eligible to apply for a place on the Foundation Degree Sports and Exercise Therapies (FdSc) or Sports Coaching Science (FdSc) at West Lancashire College (subject to satisfactory interview, references, Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Clearance and an application through UCAS). Please visit for more information.

Students who successfully complete the course are given support and guidance regarding potential career opportunities. These include Sports Physiotherapist, PE Teacher, Fitness Instructor or Sports Coach and Sports Therapist.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016