Level 3 National Foundation Diploma / Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science


The Pearson BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is an Applied General qualification. It is for post-16 learners who want to continue and focus their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, within the sport and exercise science sector. The course is predominately theory based, with some supporting practical activities. You will complete the National Foundation Diploma in the first year with the option of progressing to the Extended Diploma in the second year. Successful completion of the Extended Diploma provides UCAS points equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will study content areas such as:

  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Sports Injury and Assessment
  • Sports Massage

Am I right for the course?

This course may be right for you if you have a strong interest in understanding and exploring the mechanisms and theoretical underpinnings of sport and exercise science. An interest in science, particularly biology, along with good literacy and research skills will enable you to achieve your full potential on this course.

Four GCSEs at Grade 4 / C or above including English, Maths and Science or a Level 2 qualification in Sport.

You will be assessed through a range of internally assessed units (written assignments, presentations, videos, case studies & projects), external assessed units (exam) and synoptic assessments (practicals).


During the course, there may be opportunities to achieve other qualifications in addition to your main programme and your Functional Skills. These additional qualifications may include drug awareness, first-aid, sport-specific coaching badges and other sport-related qualifications.

The sports department at Oaklands boasts an experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable team. All of the staff have experience of lecturing in sport and exercise sciences and other sport-related courses. In addition, we have a number of staff who represent their chosen sport both nationally and internationally, including at the Commonwealth Games and the Winter Olympics.

What Next?

This qualification is designed to support progression to employment after further study at University. However, it also supports you if you choose to progress directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give you an advantage in applying for entry level roles or ‘school leaver’ industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as sport and fitness training, coaching, and sports performance research.

Our Sports courses will help you get to the ceiling of your ability and this could be Regional, National or even International level competition. You could also progress to University or into direct employment.

Potential careers:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sport and Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Therapist
  • Sports Massage Therapist
  • Sports Physiotherapist
  • Sports Nutritionist

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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