Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

This course is ideal for School Leavers who want to pursue a career in human performance, sport coaching or sport science. It is equivalent to three A Levels and provides a route into university or higher education.

Who is this programme for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the sports sector. The qualification is equivalent in size to three A Levels and has been designed as a full two-year programme.

This course is perfect for school leavers who are looking to progress into a career in Sport Coaching or Participation and enjoy a blend of both theoretical and practical input. The course will also provide a detailed overview of the current context of the sport industry specifically preparing learners for progress into Higher Education or Employment. 

Start as a college student, finish as a graduate

After successfully completing this course you also benefit from the chance to stay with us at University Centre Farnborough. This gives you a path to graduating with a degree or higher education course without the costs of moving away, all while studying in a familiar and supportive environment.

Higher education courses you may be interested in studying with us after your School Leavers course:

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

  • Functional Anatomy (External Assessment)
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (External Assessment)
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport
  • Coaching for Performance
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Physical Activity for Individual and Group Based Exercise
  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Massage
  • Nutrition for Sport
  • Sport Injury and Assessment
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What Next?

This programme provides the foundation for higher education such as the degrees in Human Performance and Sport Coaching delivered here at University Centre Farnborough and elsewhere. It also prepares you for entry into employment in the sport and sport science industry.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

From School

  • Five GCSEs at grades 9-4
  • To include English and maths GCSEs at 9-4

From College

  • Relevant level 2 qualification at merit grade or higher
  • English and/or maths at level 2 or higher
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I came here and did the summer school where we received a taster of the different course modules and I really liked it. I loved school and didn’t know what college would be like but I love it – I think I even prefer it to school.

The lecturers are really nice and helpful. Nutrition has been one of my favourite modules as we looked at the amount of calories we’d need to take in and have done day/week plans which has been really interesting.

We have the gym, the classrooms, the field and we can also use the leisure centre. We do practical lessons once or twice a week and it’s usually based on experiments. We’ve done field sports like basketball, football, and we also do sports coaching where we plan and carry out the session.


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