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Sport & Exercise Science BTEC National Diploma

Equivalent to two A Levels

This course is a detailed study of sport and exercise science which looks at specific theoretical units of work.

You will need to combine this course with one other programme to form a full programme of study for Level 3.

What does the course involve?

There are eight units of work across a range of sports science content. These include both practical activity and written work.

The units will be assessed using a variety of methods, which will include examination, controlled assessments and assignments.  You will be required to pass all units.

You will become a more organised individual through the high level of self discipline needed to meet the stringent assignment deadlines. You will also develop your questioning and research skills.

Year One

  • Functional Anatomy (Examination).
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology (Controlled Assessment).
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness (Internal Assighments).
  • Specialised Fitness Training (Internal Assignments).

Year Two

  • Sport & Exercise Physiology (Examination).
  • Field and Laboratory-Based Fitness (Internal Assignments).
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport & Exercise Science (Internal Assignments).
  • Physical Activitiy for Individual Group-Based Exercise (Internal Assignments).

All of your work will contribute to your final grade therefore you must be prepared to work hard throughout the two years.

You will be supported through a dedicated tutorial system, which is designed to maximise  your chances of achieving your target grade and chosen progression route.


Field trips are arranged as part of the course within the BTEC units.

What can you do after the course?

This qualification has wide currency for both higher education and employment and is universally accepted. You can expect to gain competitive first choice offers from the major higher education establishments.

Possible careers include all sport related careers such as coaching and sports development, teaching and coaching, physiotheraphy and sports therapy as well as the armed forces, the police and the fire service.