Sport and Exercise Science

The Sports and Exercise Science course explores the diverse scientific disciplines in the study of sport from core subjects such as Anatomy, Physiology and Psychology through to Biomechanics and Pathology of injury rehabilitation. This course is enhanced by current research of staff who regularly collaborate with professionals in the industry and high level athletes to advance knowledge under module disciplines. Students will be expected to be confident in all science disciplines alongside having the ability to convey this information in a variety of formats to a range of audiences. The course would support further study in the therapies sector such as but not exclusive to Sports Therapy; Nutritional Therapy or Sports Rehabilitation; it also supports further study of Sports Science at HE.

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Available As

DipExt Cert

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What will I study?

This broad base of modules allows the student to explore the vast array of sports science disciplines to build a broad base of knowledge that shows you how these intricate details combine to produce sporting movement and success. The course is a significant change to GCSE study with theoretical knowledge paramount in the structure of the course. These new and exciting theoretical aspects are studied and learnt in a practical manner, which include finding out the acceleration of your leg when kicking, through to how personality can affect your adherence to exercise.

Extended Certificate (360GLH one A-level equivalent):

 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (58%).

Functional Anatomy (External Exam)

Applied Psychology (External Exam)

Coaching for Performance 

Physical Activity for Individual or Group or Specialised Fitness Training

Diploma 720 GLH  (Equivalent in size to two A Levels.)

8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 3 are external. Mandatory content (83%). External Assessment (46%)

Sport and Exercise Physiology (External Exam)

Functional Anatomy (External Exam)

Applied Psychology (External Exam)

Field and Lab based Fitness Testing

Research Methods

Coaching for Performance

Plus two from the following:

Sports Massage

Specialised Fitness Testing

Physical Activity for Individual and Group

Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise



Vocational courses may be studied in various patterns and can lead to a range of qualifications

Extended Certificate or Diploma

Core Units:

  • Fundamental Anatomy
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Field and Lab-Based Fitness Testing
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness

Optional units include the following:

  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Research Project in Sport
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise
  • Sports Massage
  • Sports Injury and Assessment

This is a linear 2 year academic course.


Written Exams

Sport and Exercise Physiology

Functional Anatomy

Controlled Case study Assessments

Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance

Applied Sport and Exercise Phychology

Assignment Tasks

All other units which will be a mix of written reports and presentations.


How will I learn?

In order to gain entry onto this course each learner will have gained a minimum of a 5 GCSE'S at 4 or above or eqivalent including a 4 in English and Maths, a 5 in Science and preferably a minimum of a 6 in PE.

Assessments will be a mixture of  exams,  case study assessments and written reports.

You will not be assesed on your practical ability.

The majority of learners progress onto HE study programms. Popular university choices are Exeter, Bath, Cardiff, Gloucester and Loughborough although many other univerisities are available.

Some learners choose to go straight into the work place within gyms, fitness centres, sports clubs, National Governing bodies etc.

The course will involve trips to local universities to experience the content of degree level study as well as to see a day in the life of a university student.

Students also have the option to be a part of the Development squads in Netball, Football, Rugby and Badminton although many other sports are available at participation level.

How will I be assessed?

We aim to teach all units as interactively & practically as possible with student centred individual & group tasks leading towards the assessments. Assessment methods:

  • written work
  • presentations
  • practical assessments

As with all BTEC courses there is a heavy workload of assignments & students must have a good level of organisation & are expected to be able to meet deadlines

Are there any extra costs?

£30 – This fee goes towards trips taken as part of the course & course booklets. Students will also get a stationary start-up pack from reprographics including a file, pens, paper & a 4GB memory stick.

£70 approx – Optional fee on top of the course fee as students are encouraged to purchase Cirencester College sports kit which comes in a variety of packages that range from £70.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

Biology or a Science at GCSE grade 4-5

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Are there any exams?

Yes there are external exams depending on the choice of course (See course content page)

Is this course right for me?

This course is suited to learners planning on going into the sports science industry workplace or onto higher education to study Sport Science. There will be some practical elements within teaching but more reduced than at GCSE level.

Learners will be interested in the Science behind the human body and physical activity.