Sport and Exercise Science

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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

This qualification gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the sport and exercise science sector to prepare them for further study or training at a higher level. It also equips learners with essential practical skills necessary for entering employment directly in the sport and exercise science sector.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant sports and sport-related courses, for example:

  • FdA Sports Science
  • HND Sport and Exercise Sciences.

When taken alongside other qualifications in the study programme, learners can progress to higher education courses, for example:

  • taken alongside an A Level in Sociology, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Social Science, leading to a sports coaching role
  • taken alongside an A Level in Biology, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation, leading to roles as a sports rehabilitator or physiotherapist
  • taken alongside an A Level in Mathematics, it could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Sciences, leading to roles such as a physical education teacher.

BTEC Level 3 in Sport and Exercise Science leads to careers in teaching, coaching, professional sport, work in leisure and tourism, recreational management, the health and fitness industry, physiotherapy, sports psychology, sports science, sports sociology, sports media, and many more employment opportunities.

Course content

Sport and exercise physiology

Functional anatomy

Applied sport and exercise psychology

Field and laboratory- based fitness testing

Applied research and methods in sports and exercise science

Coaching for performance and fitness

Specialised fitness testing

Physical activity for individual and group- based exercise

Assessment

8 units will be completed of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are externally assessed.

Mandatory content (83%)

External assessment (46%)

Externally assessed units (written exams):

Unit 1: Sport and exercise physiology

Unit 2: Functional anatomy

Unit 3: Applied sport and exercise psychology

Internally assessed units (coursework):

Unit 4: Field and laboratory- based fitness testing

Unit 5: Applied research and methods in sports and exercise science

Unit 6: Coaching for performance and fitness

Unit 8: Specialised fitness testing

Unit 10: Physical activity for individual and group- based exercise

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