L3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science FT – September 2024

Funding information: Free For Eligible 16-18 year olds and First Full L3 for 19-23 year olds. Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This course is a one-year, full-time course covering the fundamentals in sport and exercise science. This course will support progression to an apprenticeship in the sports sector or to a further year of study at Level 3 and is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. During this course you will undertake study in six units. Four of the units will be assessed through course work and two of the units with be assessed through external examinations During the programme you will undertake a minimum of 30 hours work experience in an area linked to your career aspiration and your tutors will support you in finding a suitable placement. The course will run 3-4 days each week.

Employment in the North East region in the sports science sector is predicted to expand by 2.2%. Growth in vacancies are expected in Physiotherapy, Sports therapy and teaching over the next three years.

Course Content

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology and how they link to movement. You will also develop a greater awareness of psychology and how it applies to coaching performance. Some of this programme will also take into account some of the sociocultural issues that are evident in sport and exercise to give you a broader understanding of sport science.

The course involves a mixture of theory and practical elements. Where possible, the theory elements are always supported with practical lessons.

Units planned for this course

Six modules are studied – four modules are internally assessed and two modules are externally assessed through examinations:

  • Anatomy explores how the anatomy of the cardiovascular, respiratory, skeletal and muscular systems function to produce movements in sport and exercise
  • Psychology makes you understand the major psychological factors that can affect performers in sport and exercise environments
  • Coaching develops your knowledge and ability to plan, deliver and evaluate coaching sessions
  • Fitness Training allows you to study specialised fitness training techniques, and the physical demands of sports, in order to plan training programmes to help improve sports performance
  • Research Methods teaches the importance of research, factors affecting the quality of research and the different research methods used in sport
  • Sociocultural Issues considers the value of sport and exercise in our society and the historical, social, cultural and ethical factors that impact on its development

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s grades a level 4 or above to include maths or English or a related level 2 qualification graded at merit or above.

Assessment Methods

  • During this course you will undertake study in six units. Four of the units will be assessed through course work that will include for example essays
  • written reports
  • presentations or practical assessments and two of the units with be assessed through external examinations.


On completion of this course you will be able to progress onto the National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science or a higher level apprenticeship.