Sport and Exercise Science A Level

About the Course

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science (equivalent 1 A-level)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (equivalent to 2 A-levels)

BTEC courses provide a more practical real-world approach to learning alongside a key theoretical background. The focus of the qualification is to provide students with the opportunity to specialize in areas such as sport and exercise physiology, functional anatomy, and applied sport and exercise psychology amongst other key topic areas.
This is an Applied General qualification, equivalent in size to either one A-Level (Extended Certificate) or two A-Levels (National Diploma). It has been designed as part of a two-year programme, normally in conjunction with further qualifications relating to a chosen field, e.g. A-Level Biology, Mathematics or Psychology, or a BTEC Certificate in Business, this qualification is for learners who are intending to study degree-level qualification.

Exam Board



Please refer to our Sixth Form prospectus for entry requirements.

Course Content

BTEC Sport and Exercise Science embodies a fundamentally learner-centered approach to the curriculum, with a flexible, unit-based structure where knowledge is predominantly applied through project-based assessments.

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science consists of 4 units of which 2 are externally assessed through examinations and 2 through project-based assessments (external assessment is worth 58% of the final qualification).

The BTEC Diploma in Sport consists of 8 units of which 3 are externally assessed and 5 internally assessed through project-based assessments (external assessment is worth 45% of the final qualification).

Students study full-time under the expert guidance of experienced BTEC teaching staff with a proven track record in successful pupil outcomes. Lessons are delivered over a period of two years with a mixture of theory and practical sessions that are assessed through external exams, observed practical assessments, written reports, presentations, discussions, case studies, and workbooks. Students study a selection of mandatory and optional units including Sport and Exercise Physiology, Functional Anatomy, Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Sports Coaching.

If you require further information regarding our KS5 pathways that include BTEC Sport and Exercise Science, A level PE, or our Football Futures Pathway, please contact the PE department who will be able to advise you.