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Sport and Exercise Science (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Pearson BTEC

Course Overview

This course has an excellent reputation for success and attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds including those competing in sport at county, provincial and international level. It enables you to prepare for university study as it is equivalent to three A-Levels and has a special focus on the sciences required for a career working in sport science, sports therapy, sports nutrition, performance analysis, PE teaching, physiotherapy, sports injuries and strength & conditioning. This course is assessed mainly with coursework with a small element of exam assessment. You will have the opportunity to perform specialist testing protocols such as gas analysis in our Sport Science Lab and use specialist software such as STATSport, GPS, Dartfish and SPSS. You will have the opportunity to gain coaching qualifications as well as develop skills and experience in coaching through practical sessions.You will have the opportunity to play for a number of college teams and we also offer a variety of fitness-related classes.Our sports science teaching team includes UK Pearson Silver Award winning lecturer Ivor Neill.
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    2 Years
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Science
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2023
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Science
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2023

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St Strand Road
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Course Modules

  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Applied Sports Psychology
  • Coaching for Performance & Fitness
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Research Project
  • Sports Injury & Assessment
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Specialised Fitness Testing
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Field and Laboratory Based Fitness Testing
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
  • Sociocultural Issues in Sport and Exercise
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

4 GCSEs (Grade C or above); OR Level 2 Diploma

ROI Requirements

4 OLCs (Grade O5 or above); OR Leaving Cert Applied - Merit

Work Placement

In year 2 of the course, we offer the opportunity to complete an Erasmus project to a European country. In 2019, sports students travelled to Malta for a two-week work placements in sports coaching, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, fitness instructing and teaching.

What's Next?

Further Study

This qualification enables progression to a variety of degree programmes including: - BSc (Hons) Sport Studies, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences and BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Ulster University, Jordanstown; - BSc (Hons) in Sport, Physical Activity and Health, and BSc (Hons) in Nursing at Ulster University, Magee. Past students have progressed to our Level 5 Foundation Degree in Sport, Exercise and Fitness, and degree programmes in universities in Belfast, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Others have progressed to degrees in institutes of technology in the Republic of Ireland including the BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Alternatively, successful students who gain extra qualifications in addition to studying Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science may wish to progress to employment. These extra qualifications include coaching awards through the college’s Coach Education Programme and also the YMCA Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer.

Career Prospects

Past students have gone on to successful careers as sport scientists, physiotherapists, PE teachers, nursing, occupational therapy, lecturers in sport, sport development officers, fitness club managers, sports massage therapists, performance analysts, coaches, health promotion officers and self-employment.


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