Level 3 Pearson National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise – September 2022

Start Date: 12 September 2022
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: 2 Years
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This course is a two-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 study at in higher education and is equivalent to 3 A Levels. During this course you will undertake study in thirteen units. Nine of the units will be assessed through course work and four of the units with be assessed through external examinations.

During the programme for each academic year 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. Timetables for this course generally run over 3-4 days per 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.

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. In the second year of the programme there will be a strong focus on sports injury assessment and management along with nutrition and the role it plays in injury recovery and sports performance overall. To support the journey into higher education which many students choose as progression route on completion of the course there will be an opportunity to develop your understanding of research by undertaking a research project in a field of interest.

Modules planned for this course are as follow some may be subject to change. The course involves a mixture of theory and practical elements.

Course Content

Year One Modules

  • 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 affecting performers in sport and exercise environments
  • Coaching develops your knowledge and ability to plan, deliver and evaluate coaching sessions
  • Fitness Training studies 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

Year two modules

  • Physiology allows you to discover how the human body responds to exercise, why it fatigues and how it recovers
  • Nutrition covers the importance of nutrition and hydration to be able to adapt a nutritional programme for a variety of sports participants
  • Field and Laboratory Fitness Testing covers the essential testing protocols commonly used in both the field and laboratory to assess the fitness of the modern performer
  • Sports Injuries and Assessment focuses on the signs and symptoms of sports injuries, application of basic treatment and rehabilitation methods, injury risk factors and injury prevention
  • Research Project in a sport-based context. It will involve how to plan, do and review a successful research project
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group-Based Exercise covers theoretical and practical requirements for planning and instructing individual and group-based exercise sessions
  • Technology, its impact and measurement of performance and ethical considerations

Entry Requirements

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

Assessment Methods

  • During this course you will undertake study in thirteen units. Nine of the units will be assessed through course work and four of the units with be assessed through external examinations.


On completion of this course you will be able to progress onto the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching that is run at the college or progress to university to study a sports science related degree for example Physiotherapy or a degree in teaching and education.


£7395.00 incl VAT