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Sport - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences at Wakefield College

Course description

The role and impact of sport science in sport has seen a revolutionary development over the last decade. There is an increasing awareness of the importance of scientific principles and enquiry in attaining optimum sport performance. Wakefield College has a long tradition of academic provision in Sport Science which is continually developing. Despite its status and significance within sport, sport science is still an emerging field that provides challenging and rewarding career progressions.

The course not only serves as a route to full time employment within sports related fields, it is also a proven progression route to Higher Education. This may be full degree status programmes at Universities or continuation at Wakefield College studying on our Foundation Degree programme.

Course content

What you will study

A mix of theory and practice, relating to sport, exercise and physical education, this course includes a variety of units that offers students the opportunity to develop a multi-disciplinary understanding in relation to sport science, health & well being.

The course is divided into units of study that are taught over two years. Units include:

Year 1

Anatomy for sport & exercise
Sports psychology
Sports & exercise physiology
Sports nutrition
Fitness testing
Fitness training and programming
Practical team sports
Sports injuries
Research methods

Year 2

Applied physiology
Applied psychology
Sports coaching
Sports massage
Analysis of sports performance
Research project
Work experience
Exercise, health and lifestyle

Your Course Structure

The course has been structured, so that particular interests and career aspirations within the sport and active leisure sector can be reflected in the choice of units. 

How you will learn

Units are taught as interactively & practically as possible through a variety of course-work based methods.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C or 9-4 including English and Maths and Science/PE.


Assessment methods include:

Written work
Practical assessments
Case studies
Interactive media projects

As with all BTEC courses there is a high level of expectation. Students must be well organized and prepared to work to strict deadlines.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

Each year Wakefield College Sports Science students progress to some of the most reputable Universities in the country, including Leeds Metropolitan, Loughborough, John Moores & Sheffield Hallam, studying a wide range of sports related programmes including Sports Science, Physical Education, Physiotherapy, Sports Coaching and Sports Therapy amongst others.

Career opportunities

The career opportunities available to sport and exercise scientists are expanding all the time and this expansion appears likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Most sports now recognise sports science as an integral part of their sport’s development and success and most athletes consider the application of sport science as an important part of everyday training and competition.

Previous students' career progressions have included careers in teaching, a sports performance analyst in New Zealand and the physiotherapists at Leeds United.

Further information

if you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111


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: 15 May 2019
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