Level 3 Sports Science (Football, Rugby, Netball or Leadership)

Level 3 National Diploma/National Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Science

In 2017 85% of Level 3 extended diploma sport students achieved high grades

Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science is aimed at students who want to go on to study Sport or Sports Science at university. This 2 year, full-time course allows students to engage in a significant amount of research within the area of Sport and Exercise Science. It is therefore essential to have a strong grounding in Maths, English and Science to undertake this course.

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Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: A full time, two year course
  • Location: Brooksby
  • Fees: This course is fully funded for school leavers.

Your future

Learners may wish to progress onto our Sports Science Degree course, which is delivered in partnership with the University of East Anglia. Click here to read more about Sports Science Degree courses at BMC.

Alternatively, students may choose to progress onto an apprenticeship or directly into employment within the Sports industry. Employment opportunities include Sports Coaching, Personal Training or becoming a Fitness Instructor.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade C or above or grade 4-9 including English and Maths (Science also desirable but not essential) OR Level 2 Sport.

Course Details

The sports industry is one of the fastest growing industries, with a variety of job opportunities available.

Students who take this course can choose from one of four; rugby, football, netball or leadership. Students develop expertise in their chosen areas through opportunities with sports clubs and local organisations.

We also run Sports academies with Leicester Tigers Rugby and Leicester City Women FC. If you are interested in any of these pathways please make this clear in your personal statement.

Leicester Tigers Rugby Pathway

We are now taking applications for the BMC Sport Tigers Rugby pathway that will include 10 hours of rugby per week included within the timetable, receiving coaching from Leicester Tigers. If the Tigers are impressed with your training and performances in games, there is the opportunity to progress into the AASE squad and even the Academy.

This course is open to all standards of rugby and the coaching will ensure that individual development takes place, with strength and conditioning and analysis sessions in the timetable. You will study a Level 3 BTEC Sport or Sports Science alongside Rugby, with games taking place on a Wednesday afternoon. The course is equivalent to three A levels and will give you UCAS points, meaning that you will be able to progress onto university.

If you are applying for the Leicester Tigers pathway please make this clear in your personal statement.

For further details please contact steven.baker@tigers.co.uk


Units may include:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Field- and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group based Exercise
  • Sports Massage
  • Socio-cultural Issues in Sport and Exercise
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise Performance
  • Technology in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Injury and Assessment

English and Maths

English and Maths are very important for you during your studies and beyond. The Government has introduced new standards which mean that employers will looking for these skills when you enter the workplace. BMC is committed to ensuring that our students leave us with everything they need to reach their goals and meet the expectations of the industry.

If you are under 19 and narrowly miss the English and/or Maths requirements of your course (by one grade), don’t worry – BMC can offer you a suitable course at another level and you can take GCSE English or Maths alongside it (daytime and evening options available). Learners will not be expected to take both GCSE English and GCSE Maths in the same year.

If you are under 19 and miss the English and/or Maths entry requirements of your course by more than one grade, BMC offers Functional Skills, an effective method to improve literacy and numeracy, for up to two hours per week.

Visit Us

If you like what you’ve seen so far, why not come along to our next Brooksby Campus Open Event?

This is a fantastic way for you to get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at BMC. You will get to meet our industry-expert teaching staff, tour our fantastic facilities and find out everything you need to know about courses at BMC.

For a list of our upcoming events, click here.

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