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Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science - Level 3 - Full-time (Mid Devon)

Level 3
Course Code:
Mid Devon Campus
Two years

This course will provide an opportunity to develop your skills developed during your GCSE studies to complete a Level 3 qualification which brings together both sport and science. The course content includes anatomy and physiology, sports psychology, nutrition, coaching, research projects, as well as fitness instructing and personal training.

Fitness Instructing and Personal Training Certificates included!


The BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences is designed to give learners a basic grounding in understanding and knowledge of the sector. The course units include:

- Sport & Exercise Physiology
- Functional Anatomy
- Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
- Field & Laboratory-based Testing
- Applied Research Methods in Sport & Exercise Science
- Coaching for Performance & Fitness
- Biomechanics in Sport & Exercise Science
- Specialised Fitness Training
- Research Project in Sport & Exercise Science
- Physical Activity for Individual & Group-based Exercise
- Sports Massage
- Sociocultural Issues in Sport & Exercise
- Nutrition for Sport & Exercise Performance
- Sports Injury & Assessment

You will develop the essential skills required for employment, career progression, or progression to further qualifications and training. Learners will be able to select optional units that reflect both their own aspirations and the diverse nature of the sector.

You will also be given the opportunity to complete your Certificate in Fitness Instructing and Certificate in Personal Training - which will allow you to work in fitness centres and provide one-to-one sessions with clients
Assessments are through a combination of written assignments, externally moderated assessments, which include exams and case studies, as well as practical observations.
Four GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above

In addition to having met the GCSE entry requirements, you should have an interest in sport, fitness and wellbeing.
Upon successful completion of two years of study, students can progress into employment in the sport and fitness industry, become an apprentice or progress to university to specialise in their chosen field of study.

Previous students have progressed to university (to complete courses such as a degree in Strength & Conditioning), working in Fitness Centres as fitness instructors and personal trainers, as well as a range of other job roles.
The course is delivered within our recently refurbished Fitness Centre at the Mid Devon Campus, as well as the biology laboratories, classrooms and the Learning Resources Centre.
Please bring appropriate clothing and footwear as you may be required to use the gym equipment. You will also need an A4 ringbinder folder, A4 paper and other stationary equipment.
Additional costs will be discussed at interview e.g. optional trips and activities, gym membership, stationary and scientific calculator.
Please contact the Advice & Guidance Centre on 01884 235245 for more information.
Q: What happens if I need help with my assignments?
A: All learners are given regular 1:1 support from their lecturers. In addition, study hall/workshops are arranged throughout the year, these sessions will be used to support learners in completing assignments.

Q: Is the course delivered on every day of the week?
A: We make every effort to timetable over three days to enable students to complete the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and work experience alongside their studies.

Q: Do I need to buy any text books/resources?
A: All learning materials are provided by the programme team, however there are text books that mirror the course and we recommend that learners do buy a copy of the course text book. Details of the book will be given in your induction week.

Q: Are there any additional costs?
A: Students undertake a variety of optional trips and activities for which there may be a small cost for travel. For example, all learners are given the opportunity to visit sport science laboratories - such as at Exeter University or University of Worcester.