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Sport and Exercise Science (Vocational) - Level 3

Overview

This course is part of our 2+1 offer and must be studied alongside two other A Level courses. It is the equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.

This course provides a broad range of study for the sport and exercise science sector.

Mandatory units include functional anatomy, sport and exercise psychology and coaching for performance and fitness. You will choose an optional unit designed to support  progression on to a variety of sport courses at a higher level. 

What does it combine with?

Start dates and fees

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September 20231122Apply online

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.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including:

  • English Language (Grade 4)
  • Maths (Grade 4)
  • Double Science (4/4) or Triple Science(4/4/4)
  • Plus, one other GCSE at grade 4 if you only have GCSEs in Double Science.

Following your application you will normally be offered a place subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

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?

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?

Careers are often pursued as a personal trainer, sport coach, exercise physiologist, sports therapist and more.

What can I progress onto?

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.

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How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

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