BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science A Level

About the Course

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma qualification in sport and exercise science is designed to provide students with a range of practical and theoretical skills for both Further Education and employment within the sporting sector. The course is intended as an Applied Level qualification and is equivalent in size to two A levels. It has been designed as part of a two- year programme and is normally delivered in conjunction with another qualification at Level 3. This course is aimed at learners looking to progress into Further Education or employment in this sector and whose aspirations would also be supported by taking complementary qualifications alongside.

Exam Board



Grade 5 in a science subject plus a Grade 5 in English and Mathematics

Course Content

External Assessments Unit 1 – sport and exercise physiology (1.5 hour examination); Unit 2 – functional anatomy (1.5 hour examination); Unit 3 – applied sport and exercise psychology (3 hour scenario based examination). Internal Assessments: There are five internal units studied across the two-year course; three are mandatory and two are optional. Assessment is through the completion of a series of different assignments that may include written work, interviews, practical display and presentations.  All units must achieve at least a Pass grade in order to be certificated for this course.

Beyond the Classroom

The Physical Education department seek to recruit students who enjoy academic challenge and learning about relevant and topical subject matter. We encourage our students to research developments and learn about further opportunities to study and gain employment after completing a BTEC. We achieve this by offering: Higher Education trips that inform students about studying a sport-related course at degree level; educational trips that support the curriculum; leadership opportunities working with our lower school students and primary feeder schools; employment opportunities working with a leading sports coaching, education and training provider; an enrichment programme in which students can compete in a variety of sports representing Hall Cross Academy Sixth Form.

Your Future

Employers, professional bodies and universities have been involved and consulted to confirm that the content of the course is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners who may choose to enter employment or go onto study a Higher Education course. The transferable knowledge, understanding and skills gained through studying this type of qualification will give learners an advantage in applying for a range of entry level roles or industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships. However, the content of this qualification has also been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression into Higher Education. Students who have studied sport have gone on to pursue careers in a diverse range of industries; education, recreation, leisure and tourism, as well as the public sector and armed forces.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Miss K Stephens
Hall Cross Academy
Future First Artsmark
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