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Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences (Peterlee)

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Degree or Foundation Degree in Sports and Exercise Science. Job within the sports industry e.g. Sports Research, P. E Teacher and Physiotherapy. Depending on qualifications gained after the course, jobs such as PE teacher, Sports Development Officer, Sports Scientist, Nutritionist etc.

Overview of the course: 

In year one, students will study for the 90 Credit Diploma. If they achieve a minimum of a merit grade in all units, they may progress to the Extended Diploma in year two. A BTEC Level 3 is a mixture of practical and theory work. During this you will learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities. As well as learning about the employment area you have chosen, you develop the skills you will need to start a career. The course is the equivalent of up to three A Levels on completion of the Extended Diploma. The course is split between theory and practical and includes an element of work experience of up to 72 hours, which will involve working within the sports industry. Maths and English will be incorporated into the course, depending upon entry qualifications.

Entry requirements: 

Applicants require five GSCEs at 9-4 grades, plus Maths, English and Science at a minimum of grade 4. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


The course is comprised of practical and academic elements. Subjects such as sports nutrition, sports psychology, anatomy and physiology, sports injuries and research methods will be the theoretical aspect and Practical Team/Individual will be practical based.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course in a number of different ways. These will be written assignments, presentations, production of videos and practical observations.

Further study options after this course: 

Successful completion of this course can lead to a Degree or Foundation Degree in Sports and Exercise Science/Sports Related course. Jobs within the sports industry e.g. Sports Research, P. E Teacher and Physiotherapy.

Length of the course: 

The Extended Diploma is a two year full time course. In the first year will complete the 90 Credit Diploma and then complete the extra units within the second year to gain the Extended Diploma.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2019.

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2019 and do not already have a full Level 3 qualification – contact us to check your qualifications.

Loan funded if you already have a full level 3 qualification or are aged 24 and over on 31st August 2019 - contact us to check your qualifications and for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (23 Jul 2019 14:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

'I studied Sports Science whilst at the College. The staff were all very supportive and helped me get a good grade. The football academy was class and helped me improve as a player. I’m currently in the United States at Atlanta University playing football whilst studying to complete my degree there. I will always fondly remember my time at East Durham College as it got me to where I am today.' Tom Gavin

'I studied sport alongside being part of the Women’s Football Academy at the College. I was incredibly well supported at the College by the teaching and coaching staff, and the facilities were brilliant. I definitely improved as a player and a person whilst at EDC.' Amy Morrison (Represented England Colleges FA)

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How to apply: 

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