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Sport Science Level 3 at Eastleigh College

Course description

During this Sports Science Course you can progress through the qualification framework from the Subsidiary Diploma to the 90 Credit Diploma on to the Extended Diploma. This will depend on your entry grades and to how hard you work during the first year of the course.

This course is ideally suited for those with a genuine interest in sport science and fitness, but who also have the ability and determination to succeed on this academic course.

We ideally ask that applicants are actively involved with a sports team or health and fitness club as this will enhance their research.

This course provides students with an opportunity to gain an insight into the wide and diverse nature of this growing sector. The course retains a strong academic base, whilst including practical units and modules.

You will need to be confident, self- motivated and a good communicator as this will stand you in good stead for your research work as well as your work placement.

You will complete projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. You will also learn about the employment area you have chosen, and you develop the skills you need to start a career.

Students will develop both knowledge and understanding of the sports and fitness industry as well as develop important practical and organisational skills to support their progression.

Course content

The course is made up of a variety of practical and theoretical units from the wide nature of this growing sector.

Each unit is worth a number of credits which will make up your final grade. The course is made up of 18 units. The following are a sample of the units, (may vary each year).

  • Anatomy for Sport and ExerciseSport Nutrition
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise
  • Research Methods for Sport and ExerciseSports Injuries
  • Research Project for Sport and ExerciseExercise for Specific Groups
  • Sports Biomechanics in Action Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Fitness training and programmingWork Experience in Sport
  • Sports coachingExercise Health and Lifestyle
  • Sport and Exercise MassagePractical Team Sport
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercisePractical Individual Sport

The qualification is equivalent to three A Levels, which means that on completion of the course you can either choose to go into employment or into Higher Education. However the qualification will be split over two years and students may gain a lesser qualification in Year 1 and progress onto Year 2.

Students who have progressed to this course and have not gained A* - C grades in GCSE English or Maths will be given the opportunity to upgrade.

All students without an A*-C grade in English or Maths will be required as a condition of the programme to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

Entry requirements

  • You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including Maths and Science and preferably English.
  • Equivalent Level 2 qualifications, for example BTEC Diplomas at Merit/Distinction levels will be considered alongside GCSE Science and Maths.
  • A proven engagement in sports and related activities, good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and successful college interview are also required.
  • Students will be expected to attend a selection day which will include a presentation about the sports department, some physical activity, literacy and numeracy assessment and a personal interview.
  • You must have a genuine interest in Sport Science, be prepared to work both independently and in team situations and have the self- discipline to study in your own time both on research projects and course work.


Assessment is throughout the year for both practical and theory units using a variety of assessment methods and styles. Each assignment will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level and contributes to the unit and overall course grades, which could be PPP MMM, DDD for each A Level equivalent, or a mixed profile, e.g.. PMM etc.

Each of the units will have between 3 to 5 assignments. These assignments may be reports, presentations, practical assessments or research projects.

To progress from year 1 onto year 2 students will be interviewed to determine their suitability

Future opportunities

On successful completion of Year 1 students will have the opportunity to apply for Year 2 to gain the full qualification or seek advice of other course options and employment.

On completion of the second year of this course students may progress directly into their chosen area of the sports industry or progress onto Higher Education.

Students from this course have progressed directly into the industry and are now to be found employed in related health and fitness roles, including sports coaching, sport and leisure management and development.

Those progressing to university have gone on to join the teaching and sports development professions, sports coaching and instructing as well as sports therapy and teaching at primary and secondary level.

Further information

There is an expectation for all sport students to take part in college sports teams and enrichment activities, before lessons and on Wednesday afternoons, throughout the year.

All students are expected to organise with our help a relevant work placement each year, in addition to this they are expected to help voluntarily at college enrichment, sporting events around the college and with the local primary schools.

Attendance in the College is an average of 16 hours per week of contact time, in addition to this it is expected for students to complete a further 8-12 hours of independent study both in college and at home.

The course offers the dedicated student a wealth of opportunities and experiences. Additional qualifications may be taken alongside this course, such as a range of coaching and industry related awards.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 March 2016

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