BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code AS21
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels

This course examines all aspects of sport and exercise science including – anatomy, physiology, and psychology in sport, sports injuries, massage and nutrition, fitness training and testing, and many other aspects of the sport, leisure, performance or fitness industry. The new specification consists of four externally assessed units and nine internally assessed units over the course of two years. Each internal assessment through the submission of assignments will have an overall grade awarded of a pass, merit or distinction. The overall points will be calculated from the total points achieved from internally assessed units combined with the grade points from the external assessments.


8 Mandatory Units

1. Sport and Exercise Physiology 2. Functional Anatomy 3. Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 4. Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing 5. Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science 6. Coaching for Performance and Fitness 8. Specialised Fitness Training 12. Sociocultural Issues in Sport and Exercise

*3 units must have employer involvement.

Optional Units

10. Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise 11. Sports Massage) 13. Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance 14. Technology in Sport and Exercise Sciences 15. Sports Injury and Assessment

How will it be delivered?

Unit 1, 2, 3 and 13 are externally assessed. All other units are internally assessed through assignment submission.

Entry requirements

Merit at level 2 BTEC, if taken / grade 4 in GCSE PE, if taken

Your next steps...

Students develop skills in application of knowledge, analysing and evaluation of performance, practical performance, report writing and researching, evidencing and presenting their information. Students will also have the opportunities to gain valuable work experience and meet professionals in the sporting sector. 

The course lays the foundation for any further study of sport or related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: Sports Coach, PE Teaching, Leisure Facility Manager, Sports Development Officer or any other position linked to the sport, leisure or fitness industry.