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  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Awarding/validation body:



Course Overview

This National Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is a brilliant qualification for students who wish to deepen their own understanding of how science underpins fitness. The course is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and is perfect those who wish to study at degree level afterward, or pursue careers in personal fitness training, coaching, nutrition and dietetics industries and sport related physiotherapy.

The course is made up of 13 units of work; 8 of which are mandatory (72%), and 4 of which are externally examined (42%). Mandatory units include:

  • Sports and Exercise Physiology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Exercise Psychology
  • Field and Laboratory based fitness testing
  • Biomechanics in sport and exercise science
  • Coaching for fitness and performance

You will learn how underpinning theories apply to sport and fitness based scenarios and impact on sport performance. You also review your own fitness throughout the programme so that you can appreciate how these principles are developed in everyday life. Students will actively participate in external sporting events through our enrichment programmes, and will attend work experience in the fitness and exercise sector to help keep their knowledge of what they’re learning in the classroom current.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course Highlights

This Level 3 Sports course is a unique opportunity to achieve a recognised BTEC diploma covering a variety of sport specialisms.

You can kick-start your career in sport in style right here in the heart of Croydon.

Just a few of the other course highlights are:

  • Specialist teachers who have industry experience in the sports and fitness sector.
  • External trips and visits
  • You will obtain a qualification equivalent to three A Levels

Career Opportunities & Further Study

For students wishing to go into work after completing the course the following options are available, but may require further training on the job:

  • Fitness instructor
  • Personal fitness coach
  • Sports coach i.e. rugby, football

For those who wish to continue studying at degree level, the following options are available:

  • Sport psychology
  • Sport science
  • Sport physiotherapy
  • Health and Nutrition


Assessment of the programme is 72% internal, this means through word processed essays, reports, presentations and seminar work marked and reviewed by your college teachers.

The rest of your assessment is externally assessed through examined work that is not marked by your teachers but is marked by the awarding body Edexcel.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C OR A related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results may also be considered);


Including a GCSE at grade 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent) in PE/Science, English and Mathematics OR English and Mathematics assessed at Level 1 or above by College assessment.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required entry requirements. However, an interview will always be required.

A satisfactory reference may also be requested.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.