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Sport and Exercise Science Level 3

University College Birmingham
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available

About this program

Sport and Exercise Science Level 3

Understanding the science behind sport and exercise helps address a range of challenges we face, from tackling obesity, physical inactivity and unhealthy ageing to enhancing the performance of elite athletes. Our brand new Sport and Exercise Science college course combines theoretical knowledge with a range of practical applications to help prepare you for working in the sports industry.

This course explores how a range of disciplines – including physiology, psychology and strength and conditioning – can be applied to boost sports performance, physical activity, health and wellbeing. You will have the chance to complete laboratory testing in state-of-the-art facilities to support your knowledge, and you will gain the essential skills and understanding of the sports sector to progress onto a variety of rewarding careers or university courses, from sports therapy or physiotherapy to sports psychology or strength, conditioning and sports nutrition.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Level 3 Diploma Sport and Exercise Science

Academic Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including maths, English and science
  • Equivalent Level 2 qualifications at a pass grade will be considered

Supporting Documents Required:

Applicants will also be required to submit a reference from a previous or current employment role.

Guaranteed progression option:

Students who achieve the overall grade of DMM from this qualification will be automatically guaranteed an interview for Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) at University College Birmingham.

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Program content

Topics you will study:

Year 1

Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science  

  • Exercise Health and Lifestyle
  • Preparing for a Career in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Practical Team Sports
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Work Experience in Sport
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Psychology for Sports Performance

Year 2

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science  

  • Laboratory Testing and Field-based Exercise
  • Practical Individual Sports
  • Sports Massage
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Applied Exercise Physiology
  • Research Project in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Applied Strength and Conditioning
  • Applied Sports Psychology

Teaching and assessment

You will be required to prepare work independently and as part of a team. You will be assessed through coursework, assignments, projects, practical observations and presentations, some of which will involve industry-related visits.

To pass this course, you will carry out a wide range of assessment activities and coursework (e.g. written reports, formal presentations, poster design and presentation, leading practical sessions etc.)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

  • Course Duration :2 years full-time
  • Course Start : September (2021)


To further enhance your industry knowledge, our Level 3 sports science course features a range of enrichment opportunities, including a visit to St George's Park to experience professional sport science procedures. You will also have the chance to put your training into practice on work placement, as well as gaining a range of additional sports qualifications including gym instruction and emergency first aid.

Career paths

Sport and exercise is an ever-growing global industry with fitness and participation levels constantly bringing about societal challenges. This course will give students the ability to respond to these challenges by exploring the profession and supporting greater physical activity and elite performance. The students will benefit from a range of modules giving them greater career opportunities within the sector.

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

  • Sports therapist (privately/with a professional team) - £17,000 - £35,000
  • Exercise physiology lecturer - Average Salary: £24,000
  • Sports nutritionist - Average Salary: £25,000
  • Strength and conditioning coach - Average Salary: £25,090
  • Sports scientist - Average Salary: £26,500

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University College of Birmingham 

Based in the heart of the UK’s second-biggest city, University College Birmingham is a specialist university which is highly respected by employers and industry for providing career-focused education and training. Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are accredited by the University of Birmingham,...

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University College Birmingham

UCB; Summer Row
B3 1JB Birmingham
United Kingdom

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