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Sport and Exercise Sciences level 3 at Astor College

Course description

This is a level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences course and is taken over two years.  It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A level. It consists of three mandatory units and three specialist units.


Breakdown of the units:

Unit 1 - Anatomy for Sport and Exercise

Unit 2 - Sport and Exercise Physiology

Unit 3 - Sport and Exerciser Psychology

Unit 8 - Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

Unit 13 - Current issues in Sport

Unit 17/18 - Practical individual Team Sports (may choose one only)

Course content







Unit 1⁺: Anatomy for Sport and Exercise: Learners will study the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. The anatomy of these systems is very different but is implicitly linked.


Unit 2⁺: Sport and Exercise Physiology: Learners will investigate the initial responses of the body to exercise and be able to see how the body responds to steady-state exercise. They will study fatigue and how the body recovers from exercise and know how the body adapts to long-term exercise.


Unit 3⁺: Sport and Exercise Psychology: Learners will study the effects of personality, motivation and aggression on sports performance and understand the impact of arousal, stress and anxiety on sports performance. They will explore the psychology of group dynamics in sports environments and know the psychological factors that affect people in exercise environments.


Unit 8: Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise: Learners will gain an understanding of a range of laboratory-based and field-based fitness tests and the importance of health screening alongside being able to use health screening techniques. Be able to administer appropriate fitness tests and interpret the results of fitness tests and provide feedback.


Unit 13: Current Issues in Sport: Learners will research how sport has developed in the UK and show how media and technology influence modern sport. They will develop their understanding of the different issues within sport and how these contemporary issues affect sport. Understand the cultural influences and barriers that affect participation in sports activities.



Unit 17*: Practical Team Sports: Students will explore the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of team sports through active participation. Be able to assess their own and others performance in selected individual sports.


Unit 18*: Practical Individual Sports: Students will explore the skills, techniques, tactics and rules of individual sports through active participation. Be able to assess their own and others performance in selected individual sports.









⁺ Mandatory units

* Students may select only one of these two units.

What happens when you have finished?

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport can give students the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport or related areas.

If successful students can build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership, sports development and the outdoors.

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Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C or above in different subjects.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Science to prepare for higher education in areas of Sport Studies, Recreation, Exercise and Science or more general higher education courses. With further training you could go into a job related to Physical Education such as a Physiotherapist, Teacher, Exercise or Fitness Trainer. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the sporting sectors.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact CXK

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years