Sport & Exercise Science BTEC Level 3

Course Overview

This course is equivalent to one A level over two years.

A vocational course in which you will study the science behind sporting success. Designed to support progression to higher education for those of you with a scientific background, that want to study other A levels alongside but still have a passion or interest in Sport and PE. It complements many other subjects, in particular Biology A Level, Human Biology BTEC, Psychology, Health & Social Care and Business Studies. 


In Sport Science you will study 4 units covering:

  • Human Anatomy

  • Sport Psychology

  • Biomechanics

  • Sports Coaching

The first two units are assessed at the end of Year 12 in two external exams, in Year 13 both units are assessed in coursework portfolios.  You are given opportunities to produce evidence that includes:

  • Written documents detailing findings of their own research

  • Case studies used to explore complex or unfamiliar situations

  • Practical sessions and technical skills demonstrations

Developing the skills that universities and future employees value:

  • The ability to learn independently

  • The ability to research

  • Being able to give presentations and being active group members


Students who are successful and achieve their potential with this qualification gain access to:

  • Any University courses due to the UCAS points achieved.

  • Further training or apprenticeships

  • Any employment based on the combination of A levels that you chose to study.

To continue studying this course content at university, look out for careers such as:

  • Sport and Exercise Science

  • Physiotherapy

  • Other medical related careers such as Radiography, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy. 


5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 including a grade 5 in English, Maths, PE (or a Merit in Sport Studies).

An active interest in sport involvement within the PE department/extra-curricular sport and related work experience are also desirable.

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