Sport and Exercise Science (BTEC Diploma – Pearson)

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is a vocational qualification that is consists externally and internally assessed units.

Externally assessed units are Units 1, 2 & 3.

These are written and marked by Pearson.

Internally assessed units are written and marked by teaching staff.

The 8 Unit Diploma is worth two A Levels.

The BTEC course complements the work undertaken in Biology, Psychology, Maths and Sociology.

Students can expect a good progression to higher education when taken alongside another A levels.

BTEC accreditation can also be used for employment in the sporting industry and gives students a firm base to start their career in Personal Training, Coaching or Leisure Management.

Unlike A Level Physical Education most of the units you will cover are not an assessment of your physical ability, but some units do require you to take part in activities such as fitness testing, coaching and different types of training and exercise.


Example Units for Year 12 study on the Diploma                                                                                                   

Students must complete all units:

Unit 2: Functional Anatomy: External

Unit 3: Sport and exercise Psychology: External

Unit 5: Applied research methods in sport and exercise science: Internal

Unit 9: Research Project: Internal


Example Units for Year 13 study on the Diploma                                                                                                  

Unit 1: Sport and exercise Physiology: External

Unit 4: Field and lab-based fitness testing: Internal

Unit 6: Coaching for performance and fitness: Internal

Unit 8: Specialised fitness training: Internal


MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Grade 5 in Double Science or Biology, Grade 4 in English and Maths.

Enthusiasm and interests in sport and fitness are essential. However, the ability to perform a sport or sports to a high level is not a prerequisite. Studying GCSE PE or another Sport based Level 2 qualification would be advantageous.

Updated September 2023