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Sports Science & Advanced Research (Reilly / Burwitz) at Derby College

Course description

The Sports Science and Advanced Research study programme is a two-year course designed to develop the skills and knowledge base of learners with a keen interest in the science of sport.

It consists of the 90-credit Diploma studied in Year 1 and the Extended Diploma completed in Year 2. Learners will study in both practical and theoretical settings. It is an ideal pathway for learners wishing to advance their studies at university. 

Course content

The course enables learners to understand advanced concepts in areas such as physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, psychology and sports analysis. The first year is made up of nine units which may include:
  • Anatomy
  • Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Fitness Testing
  • Research Methods
  • Practical Sport
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
The course will also include a work placement, tutorial and the development of English and maths skills to support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.

Entry requirements

Learners will need to complete an interview and screening test in maths and English.

The entry requirements for this course are five GCSEs graded at between A*-C including Maths and English. Any achievement in BTEC Sport qualifications at Level 2 will only be considered if at a Merit or Distinction grade.

Learners are expected to maintain high standards of discipline, punctuality and attendance. It is essential that each learner works to the deadlines set or they may face changes to, or withdrawal from, their study programme. Practical sessions are compulsory, so learners must be physically able to take part in both indoor and outdoor sessions. 


You will build a portfolio based around evidence generated by the various assessment methods in each unit.  Learners are expected to work on multiple assessments at any one time.  You can expect to be assessed through:

  • practical demonstration
  • logbooks and performance records
  • written reports and essays
  • presentations
  • workbooks
  • discussions and vivas

Future opportunities

Further study
On successful completion, the course provides an excellent platform for progression to the:
  • Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Year 2)
  • Leadership and Teamwork for the Public Services
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching
  • BSc Sport and Exercise Science
  • Diploma in Sports Massage

It is an ideal pathway for those seeking to study at university level.

You may also wish to seek paid or voluntary employment in the sports and active leisure industry. You do not, of course, have to enter the sport and active leisure industry as the skills gained on the course are transferable to a wider range of job areas. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 April 2016

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