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Sport and Exercise Science (Extended) Diploma Level 3

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

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 Does The Programme Include

Learning will be through group work, peer assessment, individual tasks, methods of ILT, power point presentations.

Entry Requirements

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

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

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
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

There will be a variety of assessment methods used (written assessments, observations, presentations and discussions being some) and learners will have a thorough understanding of the evidence they are expected to produce. One unit – external examination. One unit – external coursework. Most units coursework assessed.

Additional Information

Course cost of approx. £150.00 will be towards uniform and trips/​visits

Rugby Development Centre now available to Sport and Exercise Science Extended Diploma Level 3 students.

The centre has been designed for students keen to maintain further studying whilst continuing to pursue training and practice in Rugby.

Monday to Thursday — Study Sport and Exercise Extended Diploma Level 3 (see image below). Friday — 3 hours Rugby Training EXTRA — 3 hours training to be secured weekly with either Stamford Rugby Club or a local club of your choice.

Stamford Rugby Club: Tuesday 7.00 to 8.30pm and Thursday 7.00 to 8.30pm.

Potential Future Career

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.

Course Content

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.


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This course has allowed me to gain knowledge in football coaching. I now have a Sports Leader Award whilst studying here and have the opportunity to progress to Uni!

Liam Harper



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