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Sport and Exercise Science Level 3

Course Overview

Designed as a one-year, full-time course covering the fundamentals in the sport and exercise science sector, supporting progression to an apprenticeship in the sports sector or to a further year of study at Level 3.  It covers mainly theory based units and has a good  variety of topic areas.


The 2nd year course is equivalent in size to three A Levels and is best suited to learners who want to progress to higher education programmes in the sport and exercise science sector. There is a mixture of assessments in a variety of sport related topics to provide students with specialist knowledge in order to make informed choices about degree programmes.

What topics are covered?

The course comprises 18 units, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Sports injuries
  • Fitness testing
  • Sports Massage
  • Training and Fitness
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Team sports
  • Sports Coaching
  • Research methods
  • Instructing physical activity
  • Research project
  • Exercise health and lifestyle
  • Sport and exercise physiology
  • Current issues in sport
  • Practical individual sport
  • Biomechanics


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

One of the following:


  • 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above which must include English Language, Maths and Science.
  • BTEC Level 2 in Sport at Distinction Level with GCSE maths and English at grade C/4 or above, or Functional Skills at Level 2


What qualifications will I gain?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

You will cover theoretical elements of the course in the classroom, with practical sessions at University of Bath’s Sports Training Village.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via reports, presentations, posters, leaflets and practical demonstrations (coaching, fitness testing).

What can I do after this course?


  • Enrol onto our Level 2 and Level 3 fitness courses.
  • Move on to employment in the sport, fitness and leisure industries, in careers such as fitness instruction, sports massage and sports coaching.
  • You can access undergraduate courses at university or progress to our Higher National Diploma in Sports programme. Below is a list of recent examples of degree courses and universities which students from this course have progressed onto:



Bournemouth University Sport Development and Coaching Sciences
Buckinghamshire New University Sports Business and Coaching
Edge Hill University Physical Education and School Sport
Southampton Solent University Sport and Physical Education
St Marys University Physical and Sport Education
University of Bath Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Performance
University of Brighton Graphic Design
University of Portsmouth Sports Development
University of Gloucestershire Sport and Exercise Sciences , Sports Coaching
University of Worcester Sports Therapy

Are there any additional costs?

Resources fee.
Suitable sports clothing (this will include the purchase of at least one College polo shirt) to be worn both in practical sessions and classrooms.

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

What facilities are available?

The Sports Training Village at University of Bath and the College’ s well-equipped fitness gym.

What organisations does the College work with on this course?

The College has exciting links with Southampton FC, Bath City FC, England RFU Touch and England Netball, with students having the opportunity to get ‘Back to Netball’ and involved in O2 touch.

Which department is this course in?

Sport, Leisure and Care

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.

1 review for Sport and Exercise Science Level 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    this seems a great course to go and do with a wide range of subjects

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