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Sport and Exercise Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Brockenhurst College

Course description

The Sport & Exercise Sciences course is a scientific based programme that prepares learners for work in sport or progression on to higher education to study a sport science related degree such as physical education, sports therapy, sports psychology, exercise physiology, sports biomechanics and physiotherapy.

The course combines theory and some practical sessions to cover the sport and exercise sciences' core elements of anatomy, physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

A real interest in science as well as sport is needed for the Sport and Exercise Science course.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma consists of 18 units and is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Course content

  The Units covered are selected by the college from the list below:

• Anatomy for Sport & Exercise
• Sport & Exercise Physiology
• Sport & Exercise Psychology
• Research Methods for Sport & Exercise Sciences
• Research Project in Sport & Exercise Sciences
• Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
• Sports Biomechanics in Action
• Exercise, Health & Lifestyle
• Fitness Training & Programming
• Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology
• Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
• Sport & Exercise Massage
• Analysis of Sports Performance
• Sports Nutrition
• Current Issues in Sport
• Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise
• Sports Injury
• Sports Coaching
• Practical Team Sports
• Exercise for Specific Groups
• Work Experience in Sport

You will learn though a well-balanced range of methods, which combines practical skills with theoretical knowledge. Your lessons will take place in classrooms and using the range of college sports facilities both indoor in the fitness suite or sports hall and outdoor on the astro, tennis courts or fields.

In addition to the course you may also have the opportunity to complete Sports Therapy, Sports Leaders, Level 1 Coaching Qualifications, First Aid, CYQ Fitness Instructor and NPLQ Lifeguard qualifications.

A key part of the course is to complete a work experience unit and a placement where you will gain an insight into working in Sports Science as a Physiotherapists, Fitness Instructors, Sports Physiologists, PE Teacher etc.

We have excellent partnerships with local employers so further opportunities to gain work experience in the sports industry through extra voluntary placements is always available. 

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade C (including English, Mathematics and a Science).


All units are assessed through assignments in a variety of formats; these include written reports, posters, practical sports, demonstrations, group tasks, interviews, practical coaching, presentations, work experience, projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments.

There is no final written examination for this course as you achieve your qualification though continuous assessment.

Financial information

Sports students will be expected to wear the College sports kit for lessons with the minimum package costing approximately £40.

There is a course textbook to support your learning which is approximately £25.

As part of the work experience unit, please be aware that if you are required to work in schools, the cost of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is approximately £50 which is a requirement.

Future opportunities

The course prepares students for employment or higher education in areas that require a scientific background such as sports injures, therapy and massage, sports psychology, physiology and biomechanics and also into physical education teaching. Progression onto higher education is extremely common for our sport and exercise science students.

Further information

All students on this course will have the opportunity to join the College Sports Academy which is a tremendous platform for all aspiring athletes to gain outstanding coaching from highly qualified and experienced coaches, enabling them to develop technical and tactical skills which will ultimately improve overall performance in their chosen sport.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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