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Full Time

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences (Edgbaston)

Exercise Science

2 years

Central Campus


Course summary

Be part of the elite! This BTEC Sport & Exercise Science course, based at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium, is ideal for school leavers interested in pursuing careers in sport science, strength and conditioning, sports therapy, physiotherapy, nutrition, dietetics, biomechanics and movement analysis. The course is accredited by BASES (British Association for Sport and Exercise), SkillsActive and CIMSPA.

Course requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs including at least Grade 4 in English and Maths. An interest in sport practicals, theory and science is also beneficial to successfully undertake this course.


This BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Sciences (Edgbaston) course involves studying the following modules:

Year 1:

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Psychology
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Massage
  • Research Methods
  • Coaching for Sport and Fitness

Year 2:

  • Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Research Project
  • Technology in Sport
  • Sports Injuries
  • Lab and Field-based Testing

We visit university sport science departments, hear from guest speakers, and go on memorable trips to Spain, Lanzarote and Goa.

We regularly go to football stadiums, and we are planning to visit St George's Park and other performance centres.

Students on the BTEC Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science course also get the opportunity to complete their UKDA (UK anti-doping accreditation) and learn how to use ISAK skinfold anthropometry devices effectively.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Sciences (Edgbaston) course is assessed by a combination of external exams.

Exam-based units include:

  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Nutrition

The remaining units are internally assessed via reports, practical applications, presentations, video presentations and analysis and a year-long mini dissertation.

These units are:

  • Biomechanics
  • Sports Injuries and Assessment
  • Sports Massage
  • Specialised Fitness
  • Coaching and Performance
  • Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Technology in Sports Science
  • Field and Laboratory-Based Testing Assessment

Once you've successfully completed this BTEC Level 3 in Sport and Exercise Sciences course, university progression routes and potential careers include:

  • Sports science
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Sports therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nutrition
  • Dietetics
  • Biomechanics
  • Movement analysis

You’ll also have the ability to set up your own private clinic and practice, and work with the general public or professional athletes in a club setting 1-2-1.

To discuss your options direct with the course tutor email

[email protected]

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