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Sport and Exercise Science: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma at Budmouth College

Course description

This new course will give students the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised vocational qualification to enter training in the sport sector or to progress to higher education.

This is the largest qualification in the suite of BTEC Nationals in Sport and Exercise Science and is equivalent in size to three A Levels.

It is best suited to learners who want to progress to higher education programmes in the sport and exercise science sector.

Course content

The course consists of 13 units of which 7 are mandatory and 4 are externally assessed. Mandatory content (67%) External assessment (33%).

External assessment

• Sport and Exercise Physiology (exam), Functional Anatomy (exam), Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (controlled assessment), Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance (controlled assessment)

Internal assessment

Unit examples

• Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing ; Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science; Coaching for Performance and Fitness; Specialised Fitness Training; Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science; Physical Activity for Individual and Group based; Exercise; Sports Massage; Sports Injury and Assessment


Seminars; discussion; independent research; self and peer assessment; observation and analysis of practical skills; presentations.

Entry requirements

Two year course equivalent to 3 A levels

Minimum Grade C in GCSE PE or Level 2 PASS in the BTEC Level 2. Minimum Grade C in GCSE Science & 4 in English.


2 exams

2 controlled assessments (Externally marked/graded)

9 units of coursework

All coursework is graded as either pass; merit or distinction.

Future opportunities

What could you be?

Sports Coach; PE Teacher; Physiotherapist; Sports Development Officer; Sports Strength and Conditioning Coach; Sports Science Research and Development; Sports Journalist; Armed Forces; Leisure/Fitness Industry; Sports Photographer or Event Management.

Recent student destinations:

Plymouth University Plymouth St. Mark & St. John; Southampton University; Exeter University; Hertfordshire University.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2016

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