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Over the 2 year term of the course a range from the following units will be studied

Unit Mandatory units – Credit Level

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • The Athlete’s Lifestyle

Unit Optional units – units must be taken from:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise
  • Sports Injuries
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport
  • Sport and Exercise Massage
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Organising Sports Events
  • Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People
  • Sport as a Business
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Sports Facilities and Operational Management
  • Profiling Sports Performance
  • Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences

Progress and Assessment

The styles of assessment are a real strength of the programme, with the emphasis on coursework rather than exams, allowing students to achieve their full potential.  There are a diverse range of methods used including written assignments, group work, presentations, practical tests and simulations.

Grades are awarded on a Pass, Merit or Distinction basis.


The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport provides a natural route into higher education for courses such as Foundation Degrees and Honours Degrees in sport related disciplines or coaching, fitness and development related careers. This progression will inevitably depend on your performance, the course allows you to obtain 420 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 A*s at A-Level).  The skills learnt on the course can also be transferred for other careers such as the uniformed services.

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