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Sport and Exercise Science - Level 3

Overview

This is a BTEC Extended Certificate qualification and must be studied alongside two A Level subjects.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language, maths and a science.

Start dates and fees

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September 20191934Apply online

How long is the course?

This qualification is the equivalent of one A Level and is to be studied alongside two A Levels for two years.

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How will I be assessed?

Students study four units and two are externally assessed:

  • The functional anatomy unit is assessed with a 90-minute exam worth 60 marks.
  • The sport and exercise psychology unit is assessed by a written task completed under supervised conditions worth 60 marks.

The other units are assessed via assignments.

What does the course lead to?

These activities will prepare you for a variety of fitness instructing and sports coaching careers. 

What will I study?

Students study three mandatory units, covering the following content areas:

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness.

The mandatory content allows learners to concentrate on the development of their practical skills and the broad knowledge required for entrance to Higher Education programmes in sport and exercise science.

Learners choose one optional unit from a small range of options, which have been designed to support progression to a variety of sport courses in Higher Education and to link with relevant occupational areas.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

In addition to the sport and exercise science sector-specific content outlined above, the requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly-regarded by Higher Education and employers. For example, communication, teamwork and leadership skills. The qualification carries UCAS points and, when taken alongside another Level 3 qualification, it is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant sport science or related courses, for example:

  • BSC (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, if taken alongside A Levels in biology and psychology.
  • BSC (Hons) in Biology, if taken alongside A Levels in biology and mathematics.
  • BA (Hons) in Applied Sport Science, if taken alongside an A Level in mathematics and a BTEC in Applied Science.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific Higher Education providers.

How do I apply?

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