Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science

Over a two year course you will be encouraged to develop the theoretical knowledge of the scientific principles that underpin sporting performance. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course progress onto a wide range of Higher Education sport courses. As well as studying for the BTEC Extended Diploma qualification, students will also have the opportunity to work towards sports leadership and coaching awards.

  • Course Information
    • Course Code
    • Validated By
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    Students are taught by a wide range of exceptionally qualified staff, including professional and semi-professional athletes, who have worked in elite level sport.

    Throughout the Sport and Exercise Science course you will explore:

    • sports massage
    • sport psychology
    • exercise physiology
    • practical sport
    • sports nutrition
    • fitness training and programming
    • sports coaching

    The course consists of 80% theory and 20% practical to support progression into university and employment.

    Course Highlights:

    Work experience, Sports Academy and use of our outstanding facilities

    Serious about sport? Join one of our academies! Download our brochure for more information.


  • Entry Requirements

    For our Advanced Vocational courses our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x GCSEs at Grade 4, Maths or English Language or Literature at Grade 4 and Grade 3 in the others.

    Some courses and subjects will have additional specific entry requirements or require DBS clearance to undertake placements. Information about this can be found on the Apply Portal, and on your offer letter which you will receive after your interview.

    Minimum requirement: Grade 4 in Additional Science or Biology.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment methods are varied to meet the needs of all students and to ensure a wide variety of skills are developed. In sport we use a state-of-the-art online system to hand in and to mark student work. Ways that we assess include the following:

    • experiments
    • reports
    • essays
    • presentations
    • interviews
    • practical/observation
  • Progression Pathway

    Past students have progressed to:

    • York University – Sports Therapy
    • Salford University – Sports Rehabilitation
    • Edge Hill – PE and Secondary Education Teaching
    • Liverpool John Moores – Science and Football
    • UCLan – Sports Journalism
    • Manchester Met Uni – Physiotherapy
  • Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) for 16-18 Students

    Students applying for this course undertake work placements with children and vulnerable people as part of their course. It is a requirement that all students complete a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check to confirm they do not have any cautions or convictions which would put in question their suitability to work in these areas. Students who do have convictions may not be able to complete this course. You will need to provide 3 ID documents. These can include; Birth Certificate, Driving License, Passport, Bank statement or a letter.

    If this is a cause for concern please speak in confidence to a member of the Schools Liaison team, contact the Head of School or discuss this at one of the College Open Evenings.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.