• Are you interested in sport? Do you enjoy exercise and physical activity?
  • Do you want to know you how science can enhance sporting performance and have a positive impact on behaviour and lifestyle?
  • Do you want to progress to higher education or have a successful career in sport science, coaching, or the fitness industry?

The Sport Science industry is growing at a huge rate and the College has a range of specialist industry technical equipment to help students measure and improve sport performance at an elite level, including skin fold and bioelectrical impedance analysis equipment, stadiometers, blood pressure and heart rate monitors, finger pulse oximeters, cycle ergometers and treadmills.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language, and at least a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject or BTEC First (Distinction Level) in a Sport related area. Also a keen interest and participation in Sport is desirable.


Is this course for me?

  • The Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level subject option block.
  • The course covers human physiology, sport psychology and sporting performance.
  • You want to further your skills and knowledge in Sport Science and performance.
  • You are interested in a course that is assessed by both examination and coursework.
  • You will enjoy a course with sport and coaching practicals
  • You enjoy sport.


Where does it lead?

Depending on your other subject choices, Level 3 Sport Science qualifications can support applications to a wide range of Sport Science and non-Sport Science courses in Higher Education. The qualification can also provide a route into a career in the sporting industry such Sport Science, coaching, or into the fitness industry.


What will I learn?

Functional Anatomy (Assessed by exam)
In order to appreciate how each of your body systems function, you will explore how the anatomical structure and physiology of each system contributes to the production of movement of the human body in sport and exercise. You will analyse the effectiveness of each anatomical system in producing sport and exercise movements, and explore what impact each system has on performing movements successfully. This unit will develop your knowledge and understanding of how the human body produces movement as well as the factors that can contribute to making the performance of movement more effective.


Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Assessed by exam)
You will study major psychological factors that impact on sports performers and look at theories that help us to understand how they can affect sports performers positively and negatively. You will start by examining motivation, which is the force that underpins all the thoughts and feelings of an individual, and look at the different ways to motivate people. You will examine stress, arousal and anxiety which can result from performing in highly pressurised, competitive environments, and the relationship of each one to optimal performance. You will also explore other key concepts, such as self-confidence and mindset, and develop an understanding of how they can impact on performance.


Coaching for Performance and Fitness (Assessed by coursework)
In this unit you will develop coaching skills, knowledge, qualities and best practices, whilst also developing your planning, delivery and reflection skills. You will explore different practices and measures that could be used to develop sports performance. You will undertake coaching sessions to improve the performance of athletes through enhancement of techniques, their application and the improvement of fitness. Finally, you will learn how to effectively evaluate the impact of your own coaching.


Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise (Assessed by coursework)
An understanding of biomechanics is essential for coaches to analyse the forces in action in a sporting activity, and how they impact performance. You will gain an understanding of the types of motion that the human body undertakes in sport and forces that impact on the human body. You will examine concepts that explain what happens when the body or sporting objects move through air and the key role that centre of mass plays in maintaining the stability of the body. The application of this knowledge to practical situations is particularly important, as it will enable you to become a more effective coach and sports performer.


How will I be assessed?

This qualification is assessed by two external examinations and two internally assessed coursework units by assignments.


What activities can I get involved in?

The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for further information about what is on offer.


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