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In Short

Develop your knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and ethical issues through the study of sport, exercise and health. This qualification provides you with a firm theoretical and practical grounding and prepares you for future employment or higher education.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C) including English and maths (or equivalent) or a First Diploma with Distinction profile • You should be interested in all aspects of sport and sport performance.


Course Content

Year 1

Unit 2 – Functional Anatomy

Unit 3 – Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

Unit 5 – Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science

Unit 6 – Coaching for Performance and Fitness

Unit 10 – Physical Activity for Individual and Group-based Exercise

Unit 12 – Sociocultural Issues in Sport and Exercise


Sports Leadership

Work Experience Placement


Year 2

Unit 1 – Sport Physiology

Unit 4 – Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing

Unit 8 – Specialised Fitness Training

Unit 9 – Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science

Unit 13 – Nutrition in Sport and Exercise Performance

Unit 14 – Technology in Sport and Exercise Science

Unit 15 – Sports Injury and Assessment


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. Units are assessed through a mix of assignment based tasks and external assessments.  There will also be a mix of individual and group work, which will require you to complete investigations, reports and presentations.



This course prepares you for employment or you can continue to the Level 4 Foundation degree (FdSc) Sport; Coaching, Health and Fitness in partnership with University of Plymouth. Students who completed this course have gained places on courses such as BA (Hons) Football Coaching & Performance, BSc (Hons) Sport (Health & Fitness) and BA (Hons) Exercise & Sport Science at universities such as Exeter, Glamorgan and Bath.



You will be expected to purchase some books and you will be advised of this nearer the start of the course. For practical elements you are required to have the appropriate college kit at a cost of approximately £65 plus light-soled indoor footwear, studded boots and personal protection equipment.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31st August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31st August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases, please contact us for full information. Bursary Funds: There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email: Rehabilitation of offenders: To help us look after students and assess risks, you will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions when you apply to do a course at Weymouth College. We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment for all. We welcome people with additional learning needs and/or disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds in all minority groups within the community, ensuring students receive fair treatment when studying at Weymouth College. Copies of the College’s Equality and Diversity policies can be found in the Library.

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