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BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Leeds City College

Course description

This course is centred around you and developing practical skills needed for a scientific or medical career in sport.

You will complete a Foundation Diploma (equivalent to one and a half A-levels) in Year 1 and then extend your qualification into the Extended Diploma (3 A-Levels) in Year 2.

The units selected for this qualification are designed to provide you with the best opportunity to develop the skills needed to be successful in higher education, therefore there is a focus on applied sports science, testing and research skills.

In addition to the core units, there will be a programme over the two years to develop the practical skills needed for a scientific and medical career including sports massage and instructing.

Course content

Year 1 Units:

  • Functional Activity
  • Applied Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise

Year 2 Units:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
  • Technology in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • Sports Injury and Assessment
  • Sports Massage
  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science

Entry requirements

English and Maths at Grade 4 or above and 3 other grades including Science at either C or above /4 or above, depending on grading used.

Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade with English and maths at minimum grade C.

All applicants must have a genuine interest in working in sport, be prepared to participate in physical activities, work in a team, overcome personal challenges and have an enthusiastic approach to learning. Applicants must be willing to work flexibly in order to meet their work experience requirements.


All new NQF BTEC qualifications are a mixture of internal and external assessment, including exams. In year one there will be one exam and one controlled assessment and in year two there is two controlled assessments.

The internal units will be assessed across a range of methods including leading coaching sessions, administering treatments, presentations, reports and video submission. The methods selected are designed to develop the range of skills needed for you to progress onto university.

Future opportunities

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to progress onto a degree in your chosen area or acquire a higher level apprenticeship with a business.

Further information

English and Maths are built into your course if your grades are below 4/5

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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