Sport and Exercise Sciences Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


This course is designed for those who wish to gain a sport qualification to further their career aspirations in the sports and leisure industries, or prepare them for further training or Higher Education.

A range of units will be studied over the course that cover all aspects of sport and exercise including: anatomy, physiology, psychology, specialised fitness training, coaching, research methods. In the second year, a Level 3 Sport Leader qualification will be available for those working at their set target grades.

You will study in our Peter Paine Performance Centre, which is open to the public outside of lessons providing you with a real working environment to study in that's dedicated to ensuring you have all the skills you need for working in the industry.

What will I do?

During the Sport and Exercise Science Diploma, you will study the following units:

Year 1.

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Sport and exercise Psychology - Exam Unit
  • Applied Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group Based Exercise

Year 2.

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology - Exam Unit
  • Field and Laboratory based Fitness Testing
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Specialised Fitness Training

We have a variety of different teaching facilities including classrooms, human physiology and science laboratories, sports field and sports hall. The College also have links with a variety of local sporting organisations.

In addition to your course, you may also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

Within your qualification students will be expected to a complete a minimum of 30 hours meaningful work experience. The inclusion of this within a studentโ€™s study programme will not only provide valuable insights into industry, but also expose students to experiences that can be used to support their CV. Whilst staff will support with this as much as possible, it is hoped that students will find their own opportunities.


The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Sport and Exercise Sciences Diploma are four GCSEs at grade 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) (or equivalent).

You can also enter the course with a Pass profile at First Diploma in a related subject.

This course will take you two years to complete. You will study at our Peter Paine Performance Centre in Boston for four-five days a week.

You will need a minimum of 93% attendance throughout the year, in order for you to successfully complete the qualification.

This course is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: ยฃ4670.

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until youโ€™re earning ยฃ25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

Each module is assessed through a range of coursework assignments, presentations, practical group and individual work.

Successful completion of the course should enhance your prospects of finding a career within the health, leisure or sports industries.

It will also enable you to progress to university level courses including the Sport and Exercise HND/HNC available at College.

Other students have previously progressed onto university to study PE/Sports Teaching and Sports Exercise Science or Coaching.

There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.

Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.

With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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