BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science



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Summary: Get the knowledge, understanding and skills to help people improve their sports performance and prepare for employment in the sports sector.

Course description: Britain’s sport’s industry is hitting top form. In the past five years it has become a £20 billion industry in the UK and experts believe it will continue to grow long after the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
This qualification will give you a good understanding and knowledge of the sports and active leisure sector as well as developing the essential skills required for employment or progression to further qualifications and training. In the first year you will study towards the BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma, broadly the equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. If you successfully complete this qualification, you may be able to progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sports and Exercise Science or other level 3 sport courses. The Extended Diploma deepens the specialist work-related focus from the 90-credit Diploma and is broadly equivalent to three A Levels.
Sports and exercise scientists help athletes and sports people improve their performance and general health. They use scientific knowledge on how the human body works, moves and how people think about physical activity to help people get better at what they do.
Experience is highly valued by employers and it will improve your career prospects. The course brings classroom work into real work based practice by making use of the state of the art Solutions Gym and the Sports Science Lab for fitness testing, the only one based in a college environment. Possible trips will include the Norwich City Football club psychologist and nutritionist, the Bodyworlds exhibition and local sports and leisure centres. A range of professional qualification are embedded into the course such as the CYQ Fitness Instructors Certificate in the second year.
The course is made up of units which may include:

Anatomy for sport and exercise

Sport and exercise physiology

Sport and exercise psychology

Research methods for sport and exercise sciences

Research project in sport and exercise sciences

Exercise, health and lifestyle

Sports nutrition

Instructing physical activity and exercise

Fitness testing
You will have the opportunity to participate in team sports as part of the programme both on site at College and at Eaton Vale for more outdoor adventure activities.
Good English and maths skills are essential for many jobs and courses you will  progress onto. The Government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills and your course programme will reflect this key aim. Depending on your grades when you start your course, you could either study Functional Skills or GCSEs alongside the other parts of your course programme. Please check our English and Maths page for further information. 

Entry requirements: You will need to have five GCSEs at grade A* - C including maths or English (also preferably Science), or a Level 2 Diploma in a related subject.

Assessment: Assessment takes a variety of forms including.

written assignments (primarily),

practical assessment activities/observations,

presentations (individual/group),

end of module tests,

peer group assessments.
All units are internally assessed and students can achieve either a pass, merit or distinction grade for each individual units.

Academic progression: To progress onto a second year of study, you will need to achieve a Merit grade plus a good attendance and disciplinary record. These options could include Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science, VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Preventing Injuries in Sport and Active Leisure or other level 3 programmes.
If you have not achieve GCSE A*-C grades in English and maths by the end of your first year, this could impact on the range of additional professional qualifications you could achieve in year 2.
Further academic options could include study at degree or foundation Degree at a university or College. City College Norwich offers a Foundation Degree in Sport, Health and Exercise with an opportunity to top up to the BSc (Hons) Applied Sport, Health and Exercise.

Career progression: The sport and active leisure industry supports over 450,000 jobs in the UK. Over the last five years it has become a £20 billion industry and experts predict it will continue to grow faster than other sectors in the economy.
This course will allow you to progress onto many careers which include sport and exercise scientist or psychology, a gym instructor or leisure centre assistant, personal trainer, sport development, sports nutrition and sports physiotherapist. Some of these careers will require further study at degree level. If you are looking for a career in non-sports physiotherapy this may be a suitable pathway but check with your university or college of choice.
For further information about specific job roles please check the National Careers Service:

Job profile - Sport and Exercise Scientist

Job profile - Leisure Centre Assistant

Job profile - Physiotherapist

Job profile - Sports Development Officer

Costs: For UK students aged under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to the start of your course, your tuition fees are free.
There will be costs for equipment, uniform and trips. These include

Approximately £100-120 for uniform

£20 course materials

£100 contribution for enrichment activities
Financial support could be available depending on your circumstances. Please check our Finance pages for any financial help that may be available.
UK students aged 19 years or over on the 31st August prior to the start of their course, will need to pay tuition fees as well as any equipment, uniform and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition and financial support. Please check our Finance pages for further information

Additional information

Attendance type: CampusVenue: Main campusAttendance pattern: DaytimeCourse code: A0097Education level: Further educationStudy mode: Full timeHow to apply: CollegeSector subject area: Sport, Leisure and RecreationAge: 16 and overDuration: 1 year

BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science

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