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Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Advanced) - Level 3


A popular course for many sports enthusiasts, this course is a great first step for anyone looking to work in the sports science industry.

Exploring different areas of sports science, you will participate in lessons and conduct fitness studies in our dedicated sports lab, filled with professional fitness testing equipment.

You'll also be presented with a wealth of opportunities to work with our sports teams as an analyst, sports journalist or even help to run a sports science business with our in-house learning companies.

Our direct links with Nottingham Trent University and local employers have allowed us to develop course programmes that give you the skills and confidence required for further study or employment. The course content has been designed to mirror university modules so you have the best chance of progressing to higher education.

If this course sounds like the perfect option for you, why not apply today!

Start dates and fees

There will be a kit/uniform to purchase.

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20234876A1061FREEFREE* to £2882.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

What will I study?

Year 1: 

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Coaching for performance and fitness
  • Specialised fitness training
  • Sports Injuries

Year 2: 

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Field and Lab based fitness testing
  • Nutrition for sport and exercise performance
  • Research project in sport and exercise science
  • Biomechanics in sport and exercise
  • Sports massage
  • Physical activity for individual and group based exercise

Entry requirements

  • Grade 4 in English, Grade 4 in maths, Grade 4 in science
  • Plus two other GCSEs at grade 4.

If you are a young person who is not currently studying a traditional GCSE programme, we will consider alternative qualifications such as functional skills and vocational qualifications.

Please contact our admissions team for further information -

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

  • Practical and task-based work
  • Projects
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Observation
  • Presentations

What can I progress onto?


How do I apply?

Apply online

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