Sport Science

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Qualification type: 90 Credits and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Pearson/Edexcel
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

Sport and exercise scientists continue to be a growing presence in the world of sport, and as we look to the future; all the signs suggest that their influence in sport will increase. It aims to provide a highly specialist work related qualification.

With this course you are given the opportunity to learn about sport: in a practical and applied environment. The course will provide the opportunity to refine academic studies and improve personal sporting skills. It will prepare you for higher education or for employment in the sport and fitness industry. This course focuses on the preparation of potential university students and is equivalent to three A levels.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme.  You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs with grades A*-C or 4 points or above, and these must include English and maths. Science is preferred.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

To apply for the extended diploma you must have achieved the foundation diploma in Sports Science.


How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

There will be numerous methods of teaching and learning to ensure the course is diverse meeting the needs of all types of learners; ranging from seminar work, individual and group activities, interactive activities, presentations, IT research based activities and practical sessions.

Units could include sport and exercise psychology, functional anatomy, nutrition for sport and exercise science, applied research methods, coaching for performance and fitness, specialised fitness training, sports massage and sociocultural issues in sport.

How will I be assessed

Teaching and learning is achieved by using a range of methods including formal classes, set tutorial periods and projects to support many of the formal unit assessments.

Assessments will include completion of assignments, exams, laboratory based tests, practical observations, project work, presentations, report writing, class tests and collecting video evidence.   All assessments will be graded at pass, merit and distinction. You will also be expected to do independent study in your own time towards assessments.


Things you may need

You will be required to purchase a Sports uniform.  Details given at interview/enrolment.

What next

This course creates a pathway to University.  Many students go on to study

  • BSc Sport and Exercise (Applied Sciences)
  • BSc Sport and Exercise (Sports Therapy)
  • BSc Sport and Exercise (Sports Coaching)
  • FdSc Foundation Degree (Sports Coaching and Exercise)

If university is not for you, you could progress from this course and become a teacher, gym instructor, or sports therapist with further study.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies.

If you are 19 - 23 years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.

Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

If you are 24+ then this course qualifies for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Full details on the

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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