Sports Science Triple Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Description

Are you serious about sport and willing to work hard? The sports staff at The Sixth Form will match your enthusiasm and love of sport to enable you to make the most of both your sporting and academic talents. We will help you to fulfil your potential, to be innovative and take the initiative. We strive to create sports students with strong academic profiles whilst offering excellent sporting opportunities. Sports science is a diverse area that includes anatomy, nutrition, rehabilitation, fitness testing, fitness training, psychology, coaching and technology in sport.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will need a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a minimum grade 3 in Mathematics.

Course Content

This two year programme has been developed for those aiming to go on to employment in the sport and leisure industry or to move on to higher education. The course has been developed in close collaboration with professionals, businesses, universities and course providers delivering the qualifications to ensure it provides high quality preparation for progression on your chosen path. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life or further study. The course consists of 13 units including: Sports massage; Functional anatomy; Sport and exercise physiology; Nutrition for sport and exercise performance; Coaching for performance and fitness; Applied sport and exercise psychology; Field and lab based fitness testing; Sports injury and bio-mechanics in sports and exercise science.



You will complete two external assessments and throughout the course you will be continuously assessed through written assignments, projects, consultations, presentations and case studies.

Enrichment and Work Experience

As part of the BTEC Extended Diploma programme all students are required to complete a one week work placement. Work experience is a vital part of a young person’s learning experience. It supports the academic skills they develop and allows them to acquire skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Responsibility for obtaining this placement lies ultimately with the student, although there is a vast amount of support and guidance available to assist them through the work experience officer, careers guidance team, curriculum teachers and your personal tutor.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports related enrichment and we encourage our students to do so. These include: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, First Aid, Voluntary Service Award, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Netball and Athletics.

Additional Information

Students are required to take part in practical based lessons and will require suitable clothing and footwear for indoor and outdoor activities. As part of this course you will have the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Gym Instructor course run by Focus Training.  We are able to offer this at a significantly reduced cost.  The course is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career within the health and fitness industry, equipping you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work with gym users and help them to reach their health and fitness goals. The qualification is nationally accredited and recognised throughout the UK and overseas.


Future Career Opportunities

The course is designed to educate and equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to progress into higher education. Possible career paths include Sports Coaching; PE Teaching; Fitness instructor; Sports Psychologist; Sports Nutritionist; Sports Massage; Sports Rehabilitation.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

If you enjoy taking part in sport and have an interest in all aspects surrounding and supporting sport and performance then this is the course for you. You will develop your knowledge of sport and the wider issues surrounding it; from the science of movement to current issues in sport and the treatment of injuries to how to teach a PE lesson.