Course Type / Attendance

Full Time

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services

Start Date

September 2018




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 including English Language and Maths at grade 4 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.

Previous Student Experience

"I really enjoyed learning all of the different areas of sport and exercise science, specifically exercise physiology where we used technology such as heart rate monitors to learn how the body changes during exercise.”

Liam Massam 2013-14 Sport and Exercise Student