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Sport and Exercise Science BTEC National Extended Diploma

Equivalent to three A Levels

This BTEC qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels and it can be used to access higher education programmes. It is a detailed study of physical education, sport and recreation and is a combination of theory and practical work.

The course is primarily aimed at those students who wish to pursue a career in sport or sport related disciplines. It requires full commitment to both practical activity and the completion of assignments.

An example of a BTEC Sport timetable with football academy

I chose Hereford Sixth Form College as I could combine my studies with the Basketball Academy. The facilities and coaching at the College provided vital resources and knowledge to improve my skills. The BTEC course opened new pathways, providing a brighter future for me in sport.

Kieran Henry-Fellows

What does the course involve?

There are fourteen units of work across a range of topics within the sport and sports industry. 

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 (External Assessment)
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology (External Assessment)
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness (Internal Assessment)
  • Specialised Fitness Training (Internal Assessment)
  • Physical Activity Individual and Group Based Exercise (Internal Assessment)
  • Sport Injury Assessment (Internal Assessment)
  • Technology in Sport and Exercise (Internal Assessment).

Year Two

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology (External Assessment)
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science (Internal Assessment)
  • Applied Research Methods (Internal Assessment)
  • Field and Lab Based Fitness Testing (Internal Assessment)
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance (External Assessment)
  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science (Internal Assessment)

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.

What can you do after the course?

This qualification is primarily aimed at those students who wish to follow a career in sport or sport related disciplines.

It has wide currency and students can expect to gain competitive, first choice offers from the major higher education establishments. A high percentage of students currently achieve top grades and maximum UCAS points.

It is also highly regarded by employers, and possible future careers include all sport related jobs such as coaching and sports development, teaching and coaching and sports therapy, as well as the armed forces, the police and the fire service.

Doing the BTEC Sport & Exercise Science course has really been a great stepping stone. The assignments and self directed study have helped set me up for making the next step to university.

Charlie Coles, footballer

Will talks about BTEC Sport & Exercise Science at Hereford Sixth Form College

I would just like to say a massive thank you to all of the PE staff. I am now a month into University and I cannot believe how much the BTEC course is helping me. Especially in research methods - I feel as though I am at a massive advantage because most people here have never done it before.

Mollie Jones, former student, 2012 - 2014

Becky talks about BTEC Sport and Exercise Science

Want to know more?

These factsheets provide lots more information about BTECs in general and about the Sport courses.

BTEC Sport Factsheet

BTEC Sport Case Study