BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Exercise Sciences
Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths, English and Science
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

This course is a specialist, work related programme of study aimed at those who have an interest in working in professional sport and PE careers. You will study a mixture of interesting modules such as principles of anatomy and physiology, the physiology of fitness and sports psychology, coaching and team sports, psychology for sports performance, nutrition and exercise, and leadership in sport. Students tend to progress onto university to study degrees in subjects including Sports Therapy and Nutrition and Sports Coaching, as well as progressing on to a range of different careers such as PE Teacher or Physiotherapist.


What will I learn?

You will study topics such as Sports Coaching and Elite Sport, Practical Team and Individual  Sports. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, and Fitness Testing and Programming. In addition,  there will be a number of optional units to choose from, which may include;

  • Sport Nutrition
  • Profiling Sports Performance
  • Sports Legacy
  • Development Sport as a Business
  • Organising Sport Events
  • Talent Identification and Development
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Exercise for Specific Groups
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
How will the course be assessed?

The units are assessed using a variety of different methods including written assignments, PowerPoint presentations, group work, practical assessments and competency based assessments.


Our students have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities to enhance their learning experience such as trips and visits to local and national organisations including Football stadiums, fundraising and charity events, lectures given by guest speakers, visits to universities, a ski trip in Italy and numerous sporting opportunities including the national British Colleges Sports Competitions.

Students can also apply for a Sports Scholarship, which will support them to achieve both their sporting and academic goals or join one of our fantastic Sport Academies for Netball or Football.


The College recently launched a multi-million pound sport facility to include a high-tech, 3G pitch and multi-use games area with an extended fitness suite. Students will also have access to a spacious six court sports hall with climate control.

Materials and other information

There are a range of recommended reading materials for this programme. Students are required to purchase sports kit, polo tops and hooded sweatshirts. The remaining attire is general sportswear e.g. shorts, tracksuit bottoms, and suitable footwear, indoor and outdoor. Please note suitable footwear for the 3G pitch is either sports trainers, moulded boots or astro trainers.

Progression and Careers

Former students are studying at a number of universities including, the University of Central Lancashire, Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Northumbria, Edge Hill University studying interesting degrees in Sports therapy, Nutrition and Sports Coaching.

They go on to work as Physiotherapists, Coaches, Sport Development Managers, Teachers and Nutritionists to name but a few.

Meet Emily Wilson 


Emily achieved a Triple Distinction* in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. After leaving College she began studying Physical Education at Edge Hill University.

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