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

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science is one of the most popular qualifications options for our learners to study.

Designed for those who want to continue their education through applied learning, the qualification is ideal for learners who aim to progress onto higher education (University or U.S Scholarships), apprenticeships and future employment within many roles of the football, sport, and exercise science sector.

Equivalent in size to three A Levels, the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science has been developed and designed as a full two-year study programme, incorporating nine hours per week in player development and industry enrichment experiences.

This provides learners with the opportunity to develop a range of practical and personal skills, techniques, and attributes essential to achieve their chosen pathway, and for successful performance in working life.

How will it be delivered?

Learners are assessed through a combination of both theory, practical and enrichment learning, with on-going assessment throughout the course to develop a portfolio of evidence. There are no exams.

Entry requirements

Ideally learners will need to achieve 5 GCSE qualifications at grade 4 (C) and above (preferably including English & Maths) or Merit overall, achieved from a full level 2 qualification.

However, we are able to review all students individually and are sympathetic towards individual needs. 

Your next steps...


Achieving a Level 3 Extended Diploma, combined with the colleges enrichment and industry experiences, opens the door to university. Our previous learners have progressed onto a variety of university courses, including: 

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Business Management 
  • Sports Coaching 
  • School Sport and Physical Education 
  • Business and Marketing 
  • Manchester City Community Football Coaching 
  • Sports Development and Coaching 

US Sports Scholarships 

This exciting pathway of studying and playing in America is available for learners with proven academic and athletic ability. We provide full support in organising trials and information events with our chosen partner U.S. Sports Scholarships to support you in your application and choosing the right US Scholarship and university if successful. 

Sport and Leisure Apprenticeships 

Our apprenticeship pathway is extremely popular with learners who wish to move into either community football, and sport development officer careers or employment within the leisure industry as a fitness instructor, personal trainer or a leisure attendant