Sport and Exercise Science

Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate
Equivalent to an A Level

Course content

Year 12: Functional Anatomy2 and Coaching for Performance and Fitness1 ?
Year 13: Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology and Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise1 ?

1 Assignments internally assessed
An assignment brief is given to students which details the unit tasks that are based around work-related scenarios.  Assignments can include research, projects, investigations, fieldwork and experiments, often linking theory with practical exercises.

2 Tasks set and marked by the exam board
A written task assessed under supervised conditions.  Students will be given a case study two weeks before the assessment period in order to carry out research and then complete the task within a set time limit.

Grading - A student’s final grade reflects their achievements across all units.  Both internally and externally-assessed units are individually graded as either Pass, Merit or Distinction and each final unit grade is allocated points.  The total points scored across all units are used to calculate the final qualification grade. This course offers the same UCAS points as an A Level.

Who is this qualification for?

This course is ideal for Sixth Formers who want to continue their education through applied learning and who aim to progress to university and ultimately onto employment, possibly in the sport and exercise science sector.

Career pathways

When taken alongside other qualifications in the Sixth Form Curriculum, students can progress to sport related university courses such as:
BSc (Hons) Sport and Social Science, leading to a sports coaching role
BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation, leading to physiotherapy
BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Education & Coaching Sciences, leading to roles such as a PE teacher

Other potential career pathways include: Sport and Event Management, Sports Administration, Sport Massage  or Personal Trainer.
As this course has been designed in conjunction with employers, they know that students will be highly-skilled, job-ready individuals with a strong work ethic.

Developing transferable skills for university and employment

This course will prepare students for progression to university and beyond by developing the ability to:

  • Learn independently
  • Research actively and methodically
  • Give effective presentations
  • Be active group members
  • Read, critique and summarise technical texts
  • Write effectively
  • Analyse information
  • Think critically

There will be opportunities to develop employability skills valuable in the workplace:

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: use critical thinking, approach non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions and use systems and technology.
  • Intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing and self-presentation.
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience and self-monitoring.


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