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Sport and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 National Extended 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 1080 guided learning hours (GLH) equivalent to three A Levels. 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 thirteen 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 and Exercise Science (90 GLH)

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

Unit 7: Biomechanics (90 GLH)

Unit 12: Socio‐cultural Issues in Sport (60 GLH)

The remaining five units to be taught and assessed are on topics such as:

  • specialised fitness training, sports massage, injury and assessment, nutrition for sport and exercise performance, technology in sport and exercise science and introduction to sports injury and assessment.

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 Examining Body (Pearson)

Written Exam - Set and marked by Examining Body (Pearson)

Future opportunities

BTEC Sports and Exercise Science students can go on to study higher level courses, including foundation degrees, undergraduate degrees. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses.

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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