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Sport and Exercise Sciences BTEC 90 Credit and Extended Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

This course is designed for students who wish to gain a sports qualification to further their career aspirations in the sports and leisure industries, or prepare them for further training or higher education. 

A range of units will be studied over 2 years which cover all aspects of Sport and Exercise including: practical, anatomy, physiology, psychology, training, coaching, injuries, and biomechanics. 

You will study in our newly refurbished Sports Centre (The Peter Paine Performance Centre) which is open to the public outside of lessons providing you with a real working environment to study in that's dedicated to ensuring you have all the skills you need for working in the industry.

Course content

In your first year you will study the 90 credit diploma. This can be a standalone qualification that is equivalent to 3 AS-levels. The extended diploma is completed in the second year and is equivalent to 3 A-levels. 

The units you will study are: 

- Anatomy for sport and exercise 
- Sport and exercise physiology 
- Sport and exercise psychology, fitness training and programming, 
- Research methods for sport and exercise sciences 
- Research project in sport and exercise sciences 
- Sports nutrition exercise 
- Health and lifestyle 
- Fitness testing for sport and exercise 
- Sports coaching, sports injuries 
- Work experience in sport 
- Sport biomechanics in action 
- Analysis of sports performance 
- Current issues in sport 
- Exercise for specific groups 
> Practical sport team 
> Practical sport individual 

You will also have the opportunity to complete the following additional qualifications: English and Maths GCSE’s/Functional skills. 

We have a variety of different teaching facilities including classrooms, human physiology and science laboratories, a sports field and sports hall. The College also has links with a variety of local sporting organisations.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 or above) including English (or equivalent). 

You can also enter the course with a Merit profile at First Diploma in a related subject.


Each module is assessed through a range of coursework assignments, presentations, practical group and individual work. 

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course should enhance your prospects of finding a career within the health, leisure or sports industries. 

It will also enable you to progress to university level courses including the Sport and Exercise HND/HNC available at College. 

Other students have previously progressed to university to study PE/Sports Teaching and Sports Exercise Science or Coaching. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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