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Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences

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.

Our entry requirements are in place to support our students in achieving the qualifications they have chosen to study. Following changes in the assessment and grading of GCSE’s as a result of Covid-19, all new full-time students will be regularly assessed by East Durham College at an early stage in their study programme. This is to ensure that students are enrolled onto courses which suit their abilities – following assessment, there may be occasions when learners are transferred to a relevant course at a higher or lower level in order to ensure they are enrolled onto the right course for them to achieve success.


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. This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Free if you are aged 19-23 on 31st August 2021 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 2021 - 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.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*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 (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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