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Sport and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Stafford College

Course description

This course reflects recent developments in sport at all levels.


Many sports have adopted a more ‘professional’ approach and have appointed coaches to plan, monitor weekly training and performance enhancement.  Indeed, some sports including athletics, football, rugby and tennis, have included a commercial element into their activities and depend on success in competition to attract sponsorship and other financial investment in their organisations and athletes.


Questions that may be raised through this course include:

  • Should a ten year old swimmer be spending up to four hours per day in the pool?
  • Are those who pay for coaching getting value for money?
  • At what age should children start weight training?
  • Is Britain as a nation becoming more unhealthy?


The aim of a course in sports is not to promote competition or to promote excellence.  It is to promote understanding of aspects of performance and sport in general.  Students must be willing to participate in a wide variety of sports.

Course content

The course involves the study of 18 sport and exercise science modules.  In recent years, sport and exercise scientists have been a growing presence in the world of sport and as we look to the future all the signs suggest their influence in sport will increase.  Students will complete the 18 modules over two years of full time study and build a portfolio of evidence.  In addition, they can take a variety of coaching, performance and officiating awards to supplement their study.  A period of work placement is included during which time students will use and develop skills acquired on the course.


The course is approximately 50% practical and 50% theory in its content.


English & Maths

We are committed to helping students improve their skills in English and maths.  Students on a full-time course at College who missed out on GCSE qualifications at grades A-C in these subjects at school will attend additional classes and receive support to enhance their grades.  Depending on individual ability, students will work towards GCSE, City & Guilds or Functional Skills awards to ensure that they have the qualifications needed to progress to university or employment.

Entry requirements

Four GCSE’s at Grades A - C in different subjects (or equivalent qualification/experience) is essential.


GCSE Maths or English or functional skills equivalent at Level 2 and Science have to be gained at grade C or above Students should have a strong interest in sport and a willingness to take part in physical activities Mature students welcome.


Continuous coursework assessment to include practicals, written assessments, team work, displays and case studies.  Internally marked and externally verified set assignments.  Portfolio of evidence.  Regular tutorials to track progress.

Financial information

Sports Association



£60 optional



Tee Shirt







Students may be able to receive financial support, please contact Student Services for further information on 01785 275512.

Future opportunities

Completion of a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (with merit or distinction) allows access to higher education courses where Foundation Degree Courses are available.  The student can continue the study of any or all aspects of the course in greater depth.  Alternatively the course can lead to a wide variety of jobs in the sports, health and fitness industry.

Further information

If you would like any more information about the college or our courses then write, visit or telephone Student Services on 01785 275468. Our email address is  If you are unsure about which course to take, we can arrange for you to get the advice you need from a member of our guidance team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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