Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
Edexcel At least four Grades 4-9 at GCSE Mr N Jones

Sport and Exercise Science is the application of scientific principles to sport and exercise. The key scientific strands within the sector are biomechanics, physiology and psychology. Sport and Exercise Science has become a key industry contributing £20.3 billion to the economy. The number of sport related jobs in the UK is estimated at over 400,000. The sector workforce is expected to grow by approximately 11% by 2020, meaning vocational qualifications for the sport sector are vital.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is regarded as equivalent in level to 3 A levels; as such it can lead to university courses as well as further education. This course has been designed as a full two-year programme of study, enabling learners to develop a substantial common core of knowledge, including anatomy, exercise physiology and psychology, research methods and a research project and fitness testing, allowing them the maximum opportunity to study in more depth a full range of option areas. These areas include:

  • sports biomechanics
  • sport and exercise massage
  • functional anatomy
  • coaching for performance and fitness
  • specialised fitness training
  • nutrition for sport and exercise performance
  • applied sport and exercise psychology
  • field and laboratory based fitness testing
  • sport injury and assessment
  • sociocultural issues in sport and exercise



The course is 30% external assessment and 70% internal assessment. External assessments over 4 units include two written exams and two controlled assessments. Internal assessments over 9 units are covered by coursework over the two years.


Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

Sport and Exercise Sciences is part of a larger suite of sport and exercise sciences qualifications, in a range of sizes, which share the common purpose of helping people to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the sector at the appropriate level. This can follow either directly after achieving the qualification, or via the stepping stone of Higher Education (HE) in university or college. By studying a BTEC National, learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. Learners can operate at a standard that can reasonably be expected of an 18 year old in full-time education.