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

Pearson Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science. The course is equivalent in size to three A levels and has been designed as a full two-year programme. 

Everyone taking this qualification will study 7 mandatory units, covering the following content areas:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Field and Laboratory-based Fitness testing
  • Applied Research methods
  • Coaching for Performance and fitness
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance  

The mandatory content allows learners to concentrate on the development of their practical skills and the broad knowledge required for entrance to higher education programmes in sport and exercise science.  

Learners choose six optional units from a small range of options, which have been designed to support progression to a variety of sport courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas. This allows learners either to choose a specific specialist area in which they wish to develop their skill, or to continue on a broad programme 

The requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by higher education and employers. For example, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.  

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant sport science or related courses, for example:  

  • BSC (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science
  • BA (Hons) in Applied Sport Science


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.