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Level 3 Foundation Diploma Sport and Exercise

  • Course Type: Diploma

What can this course lead to?

This course is equivalent to 3 A Levels so, on successful completion of this course, you can progress to study sport degrees at University. You could also progress to careers in Sports Coaching, PE Teaching, Physiotherapy, Sports Journalism or Sports Therapy.

Who is it for?

Sport and exercise scientists continue to be a growing presence in the world of work. This course has a greater emphasis on sports science units which are entry requirements on degrees such as Physiotherapy and Sport Science. You will also gain top tips from guest speakers and have the chance to go on trips to real workplaces within the industry such as the English Institute of Sport and Sport City Manchester.

What is covered?

You will study 13 units, 7 of these are mandatory and consist of 4 externally assessed/ exam based units:


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Fitness Testing
  • Practical Sport


  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Work Experience
  • Research Methods
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English and maths or a Merit grade in the Sport Diploma Level 2

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective ‘6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks -subject to availability
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy / too hard—subject to availability
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well
Our course enquiries and admissions team are available at should you have any further questions

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
2 years
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