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Course Code: NFVSP011

Course Level: Level 3

Study Mode: Full-Time

Course Type: A Levels and A+ Programmes

Course overview

Delve into the dynamic field of sports science. From biomechanics to nutrition, students explore the scientific principles behind athletic performance. 

Through practical workshops, research projects and guest lectures from industry experts, they gain valuable insights and skills to enhance athlete performance, injury prevention and how to support overall health and well-being in athletes of all levels.

The Sport and Exercise Science sector is at the forefront of the connection between physical activity and health, making it a pivotal field with diverse career opportunities. This course is tailored for individuals aspiring to thrive in the sports industry, preparing you for a university-level pathway in sport or nurturing your passion for sport and exercise sciences.

Equivalent to one A Level this course will provide you with a broad basis of study for the sport and exercise science sector.

You will study three mandatory units including:

  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness

You can choose your final unit from the following units:

  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group Based Exercise

The course is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as a programme of study that includes other appropriate A Levels. This course combines well with Sociology and Psychology.

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices. In addition you will have at least grade 5-5 in Combined Science GCSE or two grade 5s in any science subject.

For Sports Science this must include: GCSE Science (preferably Biology) at grade 5 or above.

Both Functional Anatomy and Psychology are externally assessed via anatomy being an exam and psychology as an externally written submission. All other units are internally assessed through a range of assessment methods including role plays, written documents, practical’s and presentations.

If you wish to find out more, or to discuss the course in more detail please contact Hannah Dale:

You can progress to Higher Education or directly into employment. This course leads to potential career destinations such as;

  • Sports Scientist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • PE teacher
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports Therapists
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Paramedic

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group, please contact Charlotte Robertson on 01782 254141 or email

College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £26,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

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