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Sports and Exercise Sciences - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Myerscough College

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification (formerly National Diploma) is a popular option for school leavers, young adults and successful Level 2 Diploma students. This two-year 18-unit course is equivalent to three A Levels and is designed for students who wish to develop a comprehensive overview of the sports industry, encompassing practical techniques and technical skills.

The units studied have a strong academic focus – requiring dedication and hard work – whilst still delivering a range of important practical skills. Students enjoy the wide variety of subjects that are covered, building knowledge and skills throughout the two-year period.

Course content

The course incorporates all 12 units from the two-year Level 3 Diploma (also listed), with students on the Extended Diploma studying an extra 3 units each year, making 18 in total. (Students enrol initially on a one-year ‘90-Credit Diploma’ qualification (9 units) and then, subject to successful completion, progress to the next 9 units – achieving the Extended Diploma at the end of their 2nd year.) Additional units cover practical team sports, sports injuries (prevention, treatment and rehabilitation), sports nutrition, applied sports physiology, applied sports psychology and outdoor and adventurous activities.

In addition to obtaining the Level 3 qualification, students also undertake the CYQ Level 1 Award in Fitness and Physical Activity.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English Language (plus any course specific subjects listed on the relevant fact sheet), or an Intermediate Level course (e.g. Level 2 Diploma at Distinction including at least one Functional Skill at Level 2), or equivalent qualifications.


A wide range of assessment methods are used during the course, to give all students the opportunity to maximise their success.

Future opportunities

The Level 3 Extended Diploma prepares students for a wide range of careers in the sports industry. It is also a perfect foundation for students wishing to progress to Higher Education – offering up to 168 UCAS Tariff points towards entrance on a wide range of degree courses here at Myerscough or at other universities and colleges.

The employment potential is endless and future career prospects are excellent, especially since the government recently announced its ‘big society’ agenda to develop our sporting heritage, enhance competitive sport and develop community sports participation.

Careers opportunities include work in leisure and recreation, fitness instruction, sports coaching, strength and conditioning coaching, sports development, public and armed services and sports teaching.

Further information

Myerscough College provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain qualifications in Sports Studies and Sport and Exercise Sciences. Not only will you learn practical coaching techniques but also the necessary knowledge and skills in related subjects such as injury prevention, sports nutrition, business management and organising special events.

The courses are designed as an ideal starting point for the development of 21st century sports coaches, sports scientists, managers and sports professionals – in an industry which employs more than 621,000 people in the UK.

The College works closely with the Lancashire Sport Partnership. Their goal is to increase participation in sport throughout the county, by developing and supporting sports coaches, liaising with junior sports clubs, coordinating the popular Lancashire Youth Games and building a legacy beyond the London 2012 Olympics. This opens the door to further sports such as archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, tennis, gymnastics, hockey, martial arts, outdoor pursuits, swimming and watersports, in addition to the established
sports at College such as football, rugby, golf, netball and cricket.

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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: 19 October 2017
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