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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science

This course equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is perfect for you if are interested in undertaking a sport or health related career such as sports nutrition, sports psychology, performance analysis, sports therapy or sports coaching, strength and conditioning amongst others.

why choose this course

You will develop a range of skills and abilities that will enable you to either progress onto Higher Education or employment in sports related industries, especially into those requiring a scientific background. You will discover how to apply theoretical and practical techniques to analyse and improve the sporting performance of yourself and others, as well as improving general health and fitness. You will be studying a broad range of sport and health related topics whilst developing a strong scientific and academic approach to these topics. You will learn the appropriate use of both laboratory and field-based testing and training equipment using our highly equipped sports science laboratory. You will also learn how to use digital analysis systems to compare yourself and others with elite performers in order to fine tune sports skills and techniques. 

 With a strong academic focus this course will suit you if you have an interest in using scientific approaches to developing groups and individuals across a wide range of populations, from those suffering with severe lifestyle diseases right through to those at the top of the sports performance pyramid. Grading throughout the programme is by a wide range of assessment methods including formal exams, assessments (some externally assessed), presentations, essays and time constrained assignments. 

 Alongside the Sport and Exercise Science Diploma you will also have the option of continuing to enjoy and work on your own specialist sport through one of our sports academies. 

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Start date: 08/09/2022

Course code
Level 3
Penwith College
2 years
Extended Diploma

Equivalent to three A Levels

Practical & theory-based

Leads into a variety of careers

Wide range of topics

outstanding facilities and staff

You will be taught by staff with extensive personal experience and subject specialism in their field who will advance your knowledge and skills. Alongside the classroom, your learning environment will also include our impressive gym, full-sized astro turf and sports hall. 

progression and employability skills

This course develops many skills that are desirable both in Higher Education and in employment. We will encourage you to research topics, gather and synthesise information and present your findings in a clear and coherent way.  You will develop the ability to work independently or as part of a group in both practical and theoretical situations. 

Increase sport knowledge

You will discover how to apply theoretical and practical techniques to analyse and improve the sporting performance of yourself and others, as well as improving general health and fitness.  

what will I learn?

What will I learn in Year 1? 

Year 1 contains one examined module, one externally assessed module and 4 internally assessed (coursework) modules. These modules cover many general principles and lay the foundation for many of the second-year modules. 

  •  Functional Anatomy* 
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology* 
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science 
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness 
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science 
  • Specialised Fitness Training 

What will I learn in Year 2? 

Building on the learning from year 1, the second-year modules open up more specific pathways that can be followed either in employment or at university.  

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology* 
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance* 
  • Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing 
  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science 
  • Sports Massage 
  • Technology in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Injury and Assessment 

 *Externally assessed units 

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A natural progression from this course is to move on to Higher Education to develop specialist knowledge in areas such as sports therapy, sports nutrition, and sports psychology and teaching. Alternatively, you may wish to move into employment in areas such as personal training, sports technology development, the sports clothing industry, sports development, the leisure industry.  


Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will learn in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods including:  

  • Formal exams  
  • Practical assessments  
  • Coursework assessments 
  • Presentations  
  • Time-constrained assessments  
  • Homework tasks 
  • Reports 

information & support

Throughout the course you will be required to complete at least 15 hours of independent study time per week. To support you in this you will have access to lecturers via email and will be able to access support materials and resources via our virtual learning environment – Moodle.  

You will initially be registered for the Foundation Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science. On successful completion of year 1 students may then continue on to complete the full Extended Diploma qualification. 


Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above. This must include English or Maths and a Science. 

additional information


ADDITIONAL COSTS: As a vocational sports course, you will be expected to wear appropriate sports kit, which can be purchased from the college at an additional cost. Purchase is not compulsory, but we would expect one item of Truro & Penwith College kit to be available to wear when representing the college at external events.  


Course Co-ordinator – Samantha Boston samboston@truro-penwith.ac.uk 

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