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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels

This course examines all aspects of sport and exercise science including – anatomy, physiology, and psychology in sport, sports injuries, massage and nutrition, fitness training and testing, and many other aspects of the sport, leisure, performance or fitness industry. The new specification consists of four externally assessed units and nine internally assessed units over the course of two years. Each internal assessment through the submission of assignments will have an overall grade awarded of a pass, merit or distinction. The overall points will be calculated from the total points achieved from internally assessed units combined with the grade points from the external assessments.

Course content

8 Mandatory Units

1. Sport and Exercise Physiology 2. Functional Anatomy 3. Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 4. Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing 5. Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science 6. Coaching for Performance and Fitness 8. Specialised Fitness Training 12. Sociocultural Issues in Sport and Exercise

*3 units must have employer involvement.

Optional Units

10. Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise 11. Sports Massage) 13. Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance 14. Technology in Sport and Exercise Sciences 15. Sports Injury and Assessment

Entry requirements

Merit at level 2 BTEC if taken / grade 4 in GCSE PE if taken


Unit 1, 2, 3 and 13 are externally assessed. All other units are internally assessed through assignment submission.

Future opportunities

Students develop skills in application of knowledge, analysing and evaluation of performance, practical performance, report writing and researching, evidencing and presenting their information. Students will also have the opportunities to gain valuable work experience and meet professionals in the sporting sector.

The course lays the foundation for any further study of sport or related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: Sports Coach, PE Teaching, Leisure Facility Manager, Sports Development Officer or any other position linked to the sport, leisure or fitness industry.

Further information

Student comment:

“...I love sport and wanted to further my education in this area. I am really enjoying the course which is diverse and interesting. I would like to go on to university to study for a Sports Science degree and then to teach PE.” 


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: 09 November 2017
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