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Level 3 BTEC – Sport and Exercise Science


Do you have an interest in sport, exercise and physical activity? Or perhaps you’re curious how science can enhance human performance or its impact on sports teams’ performance on the big screen? Then why not consider sport and exercise sciences as a career …


If you take a stroll through the college, you’ll be amazed at the range of outstanding facilities and resources available to our sport and sport science students. Being part of The East Manchester regeneration project allows us access to some of the world’s best sporting facilities including; The Manchester Institute of Health and Performance, The National Squash Centre, City of Manchester Gymnastics, The National Cycling Centre, Manchester Regional Arena, Etihad Campus, The Regional Tennis Centre and the new East Manchester Leisure Centre. As part of your sport science qualification, you will be exposed to innovative, research-led and applied curriculum in a range of world-class facilities in East Manchester.

In your first year you will study:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing
  • Coaching for Performance and Fitness
  • Applied Research Methods in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Sports Injury and Assessment

The second year you will focus on:

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Biomechanics in Sport & Exercise Science
  • Specialised Fitness Training
  • Sports Massage
  • Sociocultural Issues in Sport & Exercise
  • Technology in Sport & Exercise Science


You will play the role of a sports analyst – analysing the performance of athletes & elite teams such as Man City EDS / u18’s squad. You will also take part in lab based activities that allow you to play the role of a sport scientist in the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance.


In your first year, you will sit two exams, combined they are worth 20% of your overall BTEC qualification. In your second year, you will complete two tasks linked to specific vocations in sport, worth 22% of your overall grade. You will also complete a range of practical and theoretical assessments throughout the two years, which in total will be worth 58% of your final grade.


To study BTEC Sport and Exercise Science, you will need 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English and Maths. We would prefer you to have a GCSE in PE.


In addition to the sport and exercise science sector specific content, the requirements of the qualification mean students develop the transferable and higher order skills that are highly regarded by both HE and employers.

The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example:

  • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport and Coaching Studies