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Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science Level 3

Programme Description


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.

Students will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course, completing a L3 National Foundation in SES in Year 1 and progress onto a L3 National Extended Diploma in SES in Year 2.

At a Glance

  Full Time

  2 Years

  Graig Campus

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. Students 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 develop your leadership skills by leading coaching sessions in local primary schools and community groups.

Programme Content


The 13 units course (4 are externally set) combines theory with practical methods of learning. 1080 GLH is equivalent in size to three A Levels.

Year 1:
  • U2: Functional Anatomy (External)*
  • U3 Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology*
  • U5 Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • U6 Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • U7 Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science
  • U8 Specialised Fitness Training
Year 2:
  • U1:  Sport and Exercise Physiology *
  • U4 Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • U9 Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science
  • U11 Sports Massage
  • U13 Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance*
  • U14 Technology in Sport and Exercise Science
  • U15 Sports Injury and Assessment

*denotes externally assessed modules

Progression & 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


Assessments are predominantly internally assessed written assignments via practical assessments, presentations, logbooks, use of video evidence, open book tests, leaflets/brochures, etc. Four units are externally assessed by means of examinations. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction, with an overall triple grade e.g. PMD awarded on completion.

Entry Requirements


A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 including either English Language or Welsh (1st Language), Maths and Science. GCSE Physical Education is beneficial, but not essential.

Progressions from Level 2 Sport with MM 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 £45 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.