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Sport and Exercise Science Level 3 90 Credits and Extended Diploma at Darlington 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. It aims to provide a highly specialist work related qualification.

The Extended Diploma course you are given the opportunity to learn about sport: in a practical and applied environment. The course will provide the opportunity to refine academic studies and improve personal sporting skills.  It will prepare you for higher education or for employment in the sport and fitness industry. This course focuses on the preparation of potential university students and is equivalent to three A levels.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation

Course content

There will be numerous methods of teaching and learning to ensure the course is diverse meeting the needs of all types of learners; ranging from seminar work, individual and group activities, interactive activities, presentations, IT research based activities and practical sessions to ensure all the skills and knowledge is underpinned for the units across the programme.

  • Anatomy for sport and exercise
  • Sport and exercise physiology
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Research methods for sport and exercise sciences
  • Research project in sport and exercise sciences
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Sports biomechanics in action
  • Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Sport and exercise massage
  • Analysis of sports performance
  • Sports nutrition
  • Current issues in sport
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise
  • Sports injuries
  • Sports coaching
  • Practical team sports
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs between A*-C these must include English, maths and science.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.


There is no final written examination as you achieve your qualification though continuous assessment where learners will complete 9 units per year breaking down to 3 units per term. Assessments will include completion of assignments, laboratory based tests, practical observations, project work, presentations, report writing, class tests and collecting video evidence. All assessments will be graded at pass, merit and distinction. You will also be expected to do independent study in your own time towards assessments

Future opportunities

This course creates a pathway to University.  Many students go on to study

  • BSc Sport and Exercise (Applied Sciences)
  • BSc Sport and Exercise (Sports Therapy)
  • BSc Sport and Exercise (Sports Coaching)
  • FdSc Foundation Degree (Sports Coaching and Exercise)

If University is not for you, you have the opportunity to progress from the programme and with further study to become Teachers, Gym Instructors, and Sports Therapists.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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