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NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Sport & Exercise Science)

At a glance

  • Full Time - No Examination, 100% Coursework

  • 2 Years

  • Graig Campus

If you have a passion for sport and a naturally inquisitive mind with the desire to achieve peak performance, this is the course for you.

Sport and exercise scientists continue to be a growing presence in the world of sport, and as we look to the future, all the signs suggest that their influence in sport will increase. This course aims to prepare you for further study opportunities and provides a stepping stone to higher education and/or employment.

This course is ideal for those learners who wish to learn more about analysing sports performance and what it takes to aspire towards peak performance. The course will develop your skills and knowledge within the field, alongside developing essential skills such as literacy, numeracy and digital literacy.

You will have access to industry standard facilities and equipment such as our 4G pitch, sports hall, fitness gym, analysis suite and performance hub. You will gain first-hand experience with our ‘Gold Standard’ equipment, boasting Peak Power Wattbikes, Body Mass Analyser, Smartspeed sensors and breath-by-breath VO2max analysis.  You are also encouraged to engage in our Sports Academies that aim to develop athletes and players in a range of sports including our Elite Performer Programme (EPP).

Students will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course, completing a NCFE Level 3 Diploma (540) in Sport and Physical Activity (Sport & Exercise Science) in year one and progress onto a NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Sport & Exercise Science) in year two.

Programme Features

Areas of study include functional anatomy, applied physiology and psychology, sports biomechanics, specialised fitness training, nutrition, sports massage and sports injuries. You will also develop transferable interpersonal skills such as working with others, problem solving, autonomous learning and critical thinking skills. Learners will also develop skills in organisation, personal progression planning and research at an appropriate level.

Throughout the course you will also further develop your numeracy, literacy and digital literacy skills via our online Wales Essential Skills Toolkit (WEST)  along with an opportunity to gain hands on experience with our 'Gold Standard' sports science equipment in our Performance Hub.

Programme content

The 18 units course combines theory with practical methods of learning. 1080 GLH is equivalent in size to three A Levels.

Year 1:

  • U1: Exercise, health and lifestyle *
  • U3: Principles of anatomy and physiology *
  • U5: Biomechanics
  • U6: Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • U9: Psychology for sports performance
  • U10: Applied sports psychology
  • U11: Practical team sports
  • U13: The physiology of fitness
  • U15: Fitness training and programming
  • U20: Instructing physical activity and exercise

*denotes mandatory core modules set by awarding body

Year 2:

  • U2: Preparing for a career in sport and physical activity *
  • U4: Applied exercise physiology
  • U7: Laboratory and field based experiment methods
  • U8: Research project in sport and exercise sciences
  • U16: Sports nutrition
  • U21: Sports unjuries
  • U24: Analysis of sports performance
  • U26: Sport and exercise massage
Progression and employment

Successful completion of the course can lead to opportunities within the sport, leisure and health sector including employment in leisure centres, fitness gyms, governing bodies as well as relevant Higher Education courses at university leading to the following professions; Sport Scientist, Sports Therapist, Sport & Exercise Psychologist, Performance Nutritionist, Sports Biomechanists, Clinical Exercise Physiologist, GP Referral Exercise Consultant, Strength & Conditioning Coach to name a few.

Method of assessment

Assessment is 100% internally assessed written assignments via practical assessments, presentations, logbooks, use of video evidence, open book tests, leaflets/brochures, etc. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction, with an overall grade eg P, M, or D awarded on completion.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 including either English language or Welsh (firsr language), maths and Science. A GCSE in Physical Education is beneficial, but not essential.

Progressions from level two sport with merit profile will be accepted. Having a strong interest and active involvement in sport is beneficial. All learners are assessed on an individual basis via an interview.

Additional costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and purchase the college sports kit to use in practical activities and college trips.

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Coleg Sir Gar is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No. 08539630 and is a registered charity No. 1152522. 
The registered office is at The Graig Campus, Sandy Road, Pwll, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4DN