Course Type / Attendance

Full Time

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services

Start Date

September 2018

Course Length

2 years




16-18 Year Olds



Course Level


Home / Course / BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

Who is this course for?

This course is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the sport and exercise science sector. The qualification is wide-ranging and equivalent in size to three A Levels, and has been designed as a full two-year study programme.

What do you need to apply for the course?

Learners who wish to take this qualification will have successfully completed a Level 2 programme of study with GCSEs in Physical Education and potentially some vocational qualifications.

5 GCSEs at 4+including Maths, English, PE or Science (preferred).

What are the key things you'll learn?

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics and employers to ensure that it supports progression to higher education and employment in the sport and exercise science sector. Key topics that students will study are:

First Year

·         Anatomy

·         Psychology

·         Fitness Testing

·         Research Methods

·         Coaching

·         Fitness Training


Second Year

·         Nutrition

·         Physiology

·         Sports Injuries

·         Sports Massage

·         Research Project

·         Technology in Sport

·         Physical Activity

How you will learn

The delivery on this course will be varied and includes a combination of lectures, practical sessions, workshops and PC sessions.

Assessments will range from essays, posters, presentations and exams.

Where could this course take you?

The course can take students onto any HE study route, possible employment routes include:

Teaching (£19,000 – £28,000), Physiotherapy (£23,000 – £29,000), Coaching (£15,000 – £25,000), Personal Training (£19,500), Sport Scientist (£18,000 – £60,000), Nutritionist (£15,000 – £25,000)

What costs will you incur?


Previous Student Experience

"I really enjoyed the Sport and Exercise Science course at Sunderland College. The teaching staff were excellent and really knew their subjects. The course introduced me to injury assessment and sports massage therapy skills which helped me make the decision to study Physiotherapy at university. "

Former student Erika Raffell who is now studying BSc Physiotherapy at Teesside University