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Sport and Exercise Science (Sports Therapy) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

Sport and exercise scientists continue to be a growing presence in the world of sport, and as we look to the future, all the signs suggest that their influence in sport will increase.

From the elite performers' reliance on a large support team, to the casual gym user's use of ergogenic aids (performance enhancing drugs), sport and exercise sciences' core elements of anatomy, physiology, psychology and biomechanics are seen in almost every aspect of, and activity within, the sport and active leisure sector.

If you can see yourself working in this field this two year course is for you.

Course content

You will study eighteen units (nine units in Year 1 and nine in Year 2). Each unit aims to develop specialist sports related knowledge.

The Anatomy and Physiology units focus on the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and how the body physiologically reacts to the onset and continuation of physical activity. Throughout your studies you will be able to examine sports performance and consider how Sports Psychology and Nutrition play an important role in maximising performance.

The Sports Massage and Injuries units allow you to understand theory and practice of sport and exercise massage techniques, injury prevention, identification and rehabilitatory interventions for common sports injuries.

The Training and Fitness aspects of your course will enable you to carry out fitness tests, plan a training programme and analyse the results.

You will also be able to study factors that contribute towards talent, influence performance and provide feedback to athletes and teams.

Plus you will have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement.


Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics, Science and English.


You willl work through a continuous programme of assignments, class activities, practical tasks, discussions, presentations, written reports, coaching, voluntary work and completion of an independent research project.

Each assessment will be graded against assessment criteria and each unit will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Financial information

Work experience is a requirement of your course, this could involve a DBS check, for which there will be a cost.

Various course related day visits and trips will be offered throughout the course. There will be some costs involved in these trips.


Future opportunities

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Sports Therapy) has been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind.

It is therefore possible for you to apply for membership of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

Potential career paths include: sport & exercise technician, sports coaching, sports development, sports management, and the sports/leisure industry.

It is also possible to progress to higher education and a degree programme in Sports Therapy, Sport Science as well as other Sports related degrees.

Further information

Additional qualifications will also be available on an individual basis, for example First Aid, CYQ Exercise & Fitness Level 2, and a choice of coaching qualifications.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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