Sport and Exercise Science (Extended Diploma)

Extended Diploma Level 3

A specialised qualification in the field of sport and exercise science. It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills valued within a wide range of sports-related careers.



Course Overview

The Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is designed to help prepare you for higher education within the field of sport science or for employment in the sports industry. You will develop your extended writing skills, the ability to meet deadlines and learn how to complete effective research. Whilst developing your knowledge and understanding, you will also develop transferable and work-ready skills and an understanding of industry requirements.

The fundamentals and specialist aspects of sport and exercise science are taught using a student centred approach within a unit based structure. Knowledge is applied in project based internal assessments and through externally set tasks and written examinations. It is equivalent in size to three A Levels.

This vocational qualification has been developed in collaboration with universities, professional bodies and businesses. It is widely recognised by industry and higher education. 

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For potential destinations following this course, please find the following job posters: Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach.


Internal assessment (58%) External assessment (42%)

Duration: 2 years
Entry requirements:

Standard Entry Requirements, plus GCSE Science 5 (and GCSE PE 5 desirable)

Exam board: Pearson

£32 for course textbook –

  • Adam, M., Forsdyke, D., Gledhill, A, Gledhill, A, Lydon, C., Manley, C., Sutton, L. and Taylor, R. (2016) Pearson BTEC National Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sutton, L., Richardson, T., Fisher, L., Toward, D., Jones, K., O'Donnell, S. (2017) Revise BTEC National Sport and Exercise Science Revision Guide
Programme leader:

Sandra Wickens

Course structure

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Future careers might include PE teaching, sports coaching, physiotherapy, leisure management and fitness training. Students may consider direct entry into other employment or further training.

Higher education

This course is an accepted qualifcation for entry into university, with students having secured places at universities including Bath, Loughborough, Cardiff, Brunel, Exeter, Kent, Oxford Brookes, Plymouth and Southampton. It is also also excellent preparation for those wanting to progress to industry-recognised qualifications and careers in sports therapy, the fitness industry, sports development, nutrition, performance analysis and sports psychology.

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