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BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science


BTECs embody a fundamentally learner-centered approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure and knowledge applied in project-based assessments. They focus on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills required to be able to succeed in employment and higher education.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science 1080 GLH (1420 TQT) Equivalent in size to three A Levels. 13 units of which 7 are mandatory and 4 are external. Mandatory content (67%). External assessment (42%). 

This is the largest qualification in the suite of BTEC Nationals in Sport and Exercise Science and is equivalent in size to three A Levels. It is best suited to learners who want to progress to higher education programmes in the sport and exercise science sector. The course would help students progress to courses in physiotherapy, teaching, nursing, sports phycology, nutrition, coaching and sports science.

BTEC Sport Diploma

What does this qualification cover? 

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. Employers and professional bodies have also been involved and consulted to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners choosing to enter employment in the sport and exercise science sector. The qualification gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin study of the sport and exercise science sector, and gives learners additional breadth and depth to prepare them fully for further study or training. 

This includes the opportunity for learners to choose several topics from a selection of options reflecting progression in sport and exercise science. Learners will study seven mandatory content areas:

 • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science

 • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 

• Coaching for Performance and Fitness 

• Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing 

• Functional Anatomy 

• Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance 

• Sport and Exercise Physiology. 

The optional units have been designed to support progression to sport and exercise science courses in higher education. The optional content areas include: 

 • Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise 

• Sociocultural Issues in Sport and Exercise 

• Specialized Fitness Training 

• Sports Injury and Assessment 

• Sports Massage

 • Technology in Sport and Exercise Science.

What could this qualification lead to? 

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

  • BSC (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSC (Hons) in Sport Science 
  • BSC (Hons) in Sport and Coaching Studies

The majority of our students have progressed to some of the top Uk Universities and some in America on scholarship programs. We are proud of the continuing success of our ex students who have now qualified as physiotherapist, nutritionist and physical education teachers. The course is a fantastic stepping stone to studying at university and to be successful in the world of work.