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Sport and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College

Course description

The BTEC is a two-year course. Over that time you will study 7 units that are designed to challenge, inspire and prepare you for university and the workplace. Some of the units include Anatomy for Sports and Exercise, Sport and Exercise Physiology and Sport and Exercise Psychology as well as 4 other units from a wider choice.

It is designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a variety of different sectors, giving students the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to prepare them for employment. We expect students to pick at least 1 A-Level course to complement this course.

Entry requirements

It is expected students will achieve Grade 5 in English, Grade 4 in Maths as well as grade C in PE and Science and be a keen sportsperson regularly participating in competitive sport outside of school. Although the course has a practical unit, the majority of lessons will be classroom based.


The BTEC course is a mixture of written exams, controlled assessments and coursework assignments that are submitted regularly throughout the 2-year course.

2 Units - Written exams (Anatomy and Physiology)
1 Unit - Controlled Assessment (Psychology)
4 Units - Coursework

Tasks will be set and marked by a member of the PE staff. Each task is collated by the candidate into an evidence portfolio which is marked by a PE moderator and externally verified by the exam board. Portfolios are marked as Pass, Merit, or Distinction. Students will also have the opportunity to obtain other qualifications including coaching awards and first aid awareness.

Future opportunities

Physical Education and Sports Science are one of the most popular subjects at university. The sports industry is also one of the most rapidly increasing business sectors. The course could lead to:

- Higher Education: this provides a sound basis for progression to a range of HE courses, e.g. physical education teaching, sports journalism, physiotherapy, human physiology, nursing, sports science or any sport based course;

- Employment: the BTEC is specifically aimed to prepare candidates for employment with a variety of work-based learning opportunities. Possible employment avenues include sports coaching, recreational management, sport and leisure services, outdoor education and much more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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