Full Time

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / Sport & Exercise Sciences National Extended Diploma Level 3

Who is this course for?

This course is for people contemplating a career in the Leisure and Recreation sector, Coaching, Teaching, Physiotherapy/Sports Therapy or the rapidly expanding Health and Fitness industry.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You need to have four GCSEs at C grade or above including Maths and English. Please note the new grading system for GCSE maths and English from 2017 will be numbered 1 to 9, 9 being the highest. Grade C or above will equate to Grade 4/5 or above.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Over the two years you will study a variety of practical, theoretical and applied sport and exercise topics including:

  • Coaching
  • Fitness Testing
  • Instructing Physical Activity
  • Massage
  • Training and Programming
  • Biomechanics
  • Anatomy
  • Exercise Health and Lifestyle
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Laboratory and Experimental Methods
  • Applied Physiology
  • Sports Injuries
  • Practical Team Sport
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Current Issues in Sport

How you will learn

You’ll learn through a combination of practical and theory sessions with a focus on the application of knowledge to real life situations.

Where could this course take you?

On successful completion of this course you could study at university on a course such as Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Coaching, Sports Therapy and many others. Or you could opt for a work-based training opportunity such as an apprenticeship in Personal Training. There are also a range of direct work opportunities such as in a gym, leisure centre or health club.

What costs will you incur?

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.